Menino Wants More for Seaport District

Mayor Thomas M. Menino yesterday said he doesn’t want the South Boston Waterfront to be just for luxury condos and glittery retail stores.

In a speech to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Menino also reiterated his provocative call of last year to move City Hall to the South Boston Waterfront.

The 1,000-acre waterfront, he said, has room for other businesses and activities: universities, hospitals, nonprofit organizations, life sciences laboratories, and financial services firms.

After decades of false starts, the area is busy with development. The 21-acre Fan Pier is under construction, develop er John B. Hynes III is planning a large mixed-use development on parking lots nearby, and World Trade Center developer John Drew is hoping to start Waterside Place, a shopping complex near the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.

But, Menino said, “I am not totally satisfied with our results thus far, and I remain firm in my belief that this part of town must belong to all Bostonians. We must broaden the mix of uses in these blocks.”


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