Boston Herald HQs to Be Replaced by Mixed-Use Complex

By Veronica Grecu, Associate Editor Boston Herald owner Patrick Purcell and Newton-based National Development have put together a plan to convert the newspaper’s headquarters and printing plant into a vibrant mixed-use development that would enliven a dull part of the city [...]

Boston Herald owner Patrick Purcell and Newton-based National Development have put together a plan to convert the newspaper’s headquarters and printing plant into a vibrant mixed-use development that would enliven a dull part of the city where South End, South Boston and Chinatown meet. Last week, an attorney representing the joint venture filed a letter of intent with the Boston Redevelopment Authority; the project notification form will be filed by the end of this month. If BRA approves the Herald project, the area’s zoning will allow construction of 150 to 200 feet, provided that the plan improves the surrounding streets, according to the Boston Globe.

Ted Tye from National Development said that the Herald will move to another location by the end of 2011, and the redevelopment is expected to break ground at the site in the first quarter of 2012.

The two-story building was completed in the 1950s and housed the Boston Herald offices for more than 50 years. Because the paper chose to outsource its printing operations, the site was underutilized during recent years.

The redevelopment will consist of 262 residential units; 63,000 square feet of retail space including a grocery store, a restaurant and smaller businesses; 263 underground and 192 surface parking spaces for residents; as well as various environmentally friendly amenities. According to The Boston Globe, the six-acre building will remain intact, as developers will keep the Herald’s foundation to raise an apartment building that will not be larger than the existing building.