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6 Fast Facts About Seaport Going Into '17

The Seaport District is one of Boston's most buzzworthy ongoing projects, and you've surely heard the numbers: It's the city's biggest development in three decades. We dug up some quirkier Seaport news for you.


1) Gronk Owns A Piece Of The Seaport

This fall, the Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski closed on the sixth-floor rooftop penthouse of 21 Wormwood St, which dates from the 1890s. The tight end reportedly paid $1.9M for the 2,063 SF unit, which includes two bedrooms, two parking spaces and a private roof deck.

2) Reebok Likes The Seaport

Reebok will occupy 222k SF on five floors of 25 Drydock Ave. Besides 700 or so employees, the space will house a FitHub store, a CrossFit gym and a mile-long track.

3) First Seaport Christmas Tree Lighting

Early this month, the neighborhood hosted the inaugural Light Up Seaport event, with a towering evergreen illuminated near the waterfront. Proceeds from the event went to Massachusetts Fallen Heroes, The Gavin Foundation, Fort Point Arts Community and Friends of Fort Point Channel.


4) The Benjamin And VIA Nearly Complete

The Benjamin and VIA, a pair of mixed-use developments with 832 residential units by Berkshire Group, will be completed in '17. Located on three acres and spanning 1.5M SF, the development is the largest mixed-use project in Boston in over 30 years, according to the developer. WS Development will own and manage the project’s retail component.

5) Seaport Square Developer Expresses Climate Change Doubt

Boston Global Investors CEO John B. Hynes III, who's undertaking the development of much of the 23-acre Seaport Square, isn't so sure about climate change. “The global warming phenomenon that everybody’s worried about is nothing more than historic cycling,” he told the Boston Herald. Even so, Seaport Square will be LEED-certified, and key mechanical equipment will not be in the basement.

6) Self-Driving Cars Tested In Seaport

Cambridge startup nuTonomy is testing its autonomous car software in the Raymond L. Flynn Marine Park, formerly known as the Boston Marine Industrial Park. Human beings will still be on hand (in the driver's seat) in case something goes wrong.