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MassDOT issued a Request for Information (RFI) for the new Infra Space facility known as Lot 5, located beneath a large elevated portion of I-93 in Boston. Lot 5 will be constructed by MassDOT in 2015 and will consist of a 175-space surface parking lot, pedestrian paths and community amenity spaces, landscaped areas, and a stormwater management system.

MassDOT is seeking responses from parties interested in operating a commercial parking facility at Lot 5 that will be open to the public at all hours of the day throughout the year. In addition, MassDOT is seeking a response from parties interested in utilizing ten parking spaces or more in the area located on the eastern edge of the South End neighborhood of Boston and to the West of the Fort Point Channel and South Boston. The deadline for the RFI is February 11, 2015 at 2 PM and it can be found on the Real Estate web page at www.mass.gov/massdot/realestate.

“This innovative Infra Space project integrates major existing highway infrastructure with a parking facility, and public realm improvements,” said Acting MassDOT Secretary Frank DePaola. “It is exciting that we can move forward with the unique approach to improve the use of the land underneath the highway, while also providing increased safety for the community of Boston.”

I-93 Viaduct Light Art Blue, Green, December 2014This is the second phase of a larger Infra-Space project to redevelop approximately eight acres of property beneath the I-93 Central Artery viaduct previously used by MassDOT for construction staging and materials storage. While the Infra-Space is being developed primarily as a multi-user parking facility, the goal is that it will serve different customers throughout peak commuting hours, overnight hours, and weekends in order to provide activity, light and security to the site at all times.

Following the successful development of this project, in August of 2014, MassDOT announced the program to identify additional areas under elevated roads, bridges or viaducts for possible redevelopment opportunities. Parties were encouraged to submit nominations for redevelopment project proposals where elevated roadways, bridges, viaducts, or other transportation infrastructure are a barrier to neighborhoods, pedestrians, bicyclists, multi-modal travel, urban resources, and economic development opportunities. In September of 2014, eight nominations were received for the Infra-Space Program from the communities of Boston, Fall River, Holyoke, New Bedford, Somerville, Springfield, and Worcester.

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