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Deconstruction:
L Street Station 

Boston, MA

This 1.68 million square foot mixed-use development project will bring new energy to the Boston Harbor waterfront, adding jobs and creating new community open space for the South Boston neighborhood. The project includes new retail, housing and commercial space using best-in-class environmental sustainability standards and incorporates resilient site design that will create nearly 6 acres of open space throughout the site, including a new 2.5-acre public park along the waterfront.

This website is specifically dedicated to deconstruction updates. For more information about the project, visit lstreetstationboston.com.

 

CONTACT

HOTLINE 

For immediate concerns about activities on site, please call (508) 479-8503.

 

COMMUNITY INDEPENDENT ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEWER
Community questions on abatement and remediation can be submitted directly to the Community Independent Environmental Reviewer, GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc., at LStreet@gza.com.

CONSTRUCTION & DEVELOPMENT INQUIRIES 

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PROJECT UPDATES

WEEK 11/22 TO 11/26

Site Preparation Update

  • Install site erosion control.

  • Install site fencing and scrim.

  • Install equipment for temporary utilities.

  • Field office trailer area preparation.

Summer Street & Sidewalk

  • Paving Utility Cut and Caps

East 1st Street & Sidewalk

  • Eversource : Utility Work

WEEK 11/29 TO 12/03

Site Preparation Update

  • Install site fencing and scrim

  • Install equipment for temporary utilities

  • Field office trailer area preparation

  • Install waterfront protection

  • Abatement preparation

  • Deconstruction preparation

Summer Street & Sidewalk

  • No Activities

East 1st Street & Sidewalk

  • Eversource : Utility Work

WEEK 12/06 TO 12/10

Site Preparation Update

  • Field office trailer delivery and setup

  • Install temporary utility infrastructure

  • Install site access wheel wash stations at gates

  • Install waterfront protection

  • Abatement preparation

  • Deconstruction preparation

Summer Street & Sidewalk

  • No Activities

East 1st Street & Sidewalk

  • Eversource : Utility Work

WEEK 12/13 TO 12/17

Site Preparation Update

  • Abatement preparation

  • Deconstruction at ancillary buildings

  • Site preparation

Summer Street & Sidewalk

  • No Activities

East 1st Street & Sidewalk

  • Eversource : Utility Work

STREET & SIDEWALK PROTECTION

Schedule of Work​

TBD

 

DECONSTRUCTION

Schedule of Work​

TBD

During deconstruction at L Street Station, the safety of the neighborhood and the workers on site is paramount. In order to ensure the work is completed with the utmost care, the estimated duration for the entire scope of work, including fully abating and dismantling the designated structures, will be 20 months. The work will proceed in phases, allowing debris to be removed from the site as work in each area is completed. The general sequence of work in each space will be to first to create an interior containment area using barriers and negative air pressure, abate and remove any regulated materials, dismantle equipment and other large interior structures, and finally deconstruct the exterior structure in that area. This process will repeat for each structure on site that is not being retained. To ensure existing historic structures on site are properly protected, ongoing monitoring of vibration levels will be conducted.

SCOPE & SEQUENCE

  • Month 1

    • Mobilization and Site Preparation

    • Site Controls and Utility Disconnections

    • Regulated Materials Abatement on New Turbine Hall and outbuildings

    • Scaffold installation and inspection of the Masonry Stack

  • Months 1-3

    • Regulated Materials Abatement moves to the Coal Storage Area, 1898 Addition, Transformer House, and New Boston Building.

    • Deconstruction activities to commence on:      

      • Masonry Stack, New Turbine Hall, Control Building, Intake and Filter Structures

  • Months 4-6

    • ​Regulated Materials Abatement will continue in Main Boiler house and the Switch house/Office Building.

    • Deconstruction will consist of work on:      

      • Coal Storage/Boiler Room, Transformer Buildings, New Turbine Hall – Scaffold install to begin, Interior of New Boston Building 

  • Months 7-9

    • Regulated Materials Abatement will continue in Main Boiler house.

    • Deconstruction will consist of work on:      

      • Completion of the East Transformer Building and switch house

      • Continued work on the New Boston Building and scaffold installation to begin

  • Months 10-15

    • ​Regulated Materials Abatement will reach completion finishing in the 1922 Boiler house building.

    • Deconstruction will consist of work on:    

      • New Boston Building Dismantlement    

      • Start of deconstruction on the Main boiler House    

      •  End of phase will begin Scaffold installation on the 1922 Boiler house

  • Months 16-19

    • ​Deconstruction will be completed to grade during this window      

      • Completing work on the Main Boiler House and 1922 Boiler House    

      • Below grade construction will be removed following superstructure removals throughout the site. 

  • Month 20

    • ​Deconstruction will be complete; site grading and demobilization will occur. 

    • Traffic and sidewalks will return to original configurations.

RODENT CONTROL 

  • The site has been continuously monitored for rodent control throughout the last five years of HRP/Redgate’s ownership of the property

  • A site survey has being conducted to reevaluate potential areas of issue and a licensed exterminator will provide traps & bait around the site in compliance with City of Boston regulations.

  • The program will involve 50+ perimeter rodenticide stations as well as comprehensive rodent trapping at building perimeters and interiors.

  • A licensed exterminator will perform weekly on-site inspections, the frequency recommended by the project exterminator to maximize efficacy.

  • Project staff will also be monitoring the site daily throughout the deconstruction project.
     

NOISE CONTROL 

  • The majority of work on site will occur during the City of Boston’s regular construction hours from 7 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. Occasional work may occur by permit on Saturdays. Quiet work within buildings will occur on 2nd shift (4PM-11PM).

  • Noise levels will comply with the City of Boston limits set for construction activity

  • Noise monitors will be set up to detect any possible exceedances of allowable limits

  • No high impact or high vibratory activities are anticipated

VIBRATION MONITORING

  • There will be continuous on-site vibration monitoring

  • There will be additional locations in the neighborhood for offsite vibration monitoring

DUST MITIGATION

  • Water will be utilized for dust control, including:

    • Washing down equipment and wheel washes at site exits

    • Misting during demolition activities

    • Maintenance of stockpiles and work areas

  • Daily inspections will be performed by general contractor Suffolk and demolition subcontractor NorthStar to verify mitigation measures are working properly

  • Adjustments to dust mitigation will be implemented as needed due to weather patterns

PERIMETER DUST MONITORING

  • Continuous third party perimeter dust monitoring will be performed to verify dust mitigation measures are maintaining dust concentrations below action levels

  • If monitoring data indicates dust concentrations approaching an action level, dust mitigation measures will be adjusted to reduce dust concentrations

  • A dust monitoring plan describing the details of the monitoring and action levels will be shared with GZA and posted here when available ​

  • Dust monitoring results will be shared with GZA and posted here monthly
     

REGULATED WASTE ABATEMENT OVERSIGHT

  • An initial site survey & regulated waste inspection to identify specific contaminants, location and quantity was conducted

  • Abatement of each regulated material will be performed by specialty abatement contractor to approved specifications

  • Additionally, third party full time on-site oversight will be provided throughout the project

  • An asbestos abatement plan will be submitted to Mass DEP for their review and approval before work commences

  • The asbestos abatement plan describing the details of the abatement and monitoring activities will be shared with GZA and posted here once approved by DEP

  • Both MassDEP and the City perform unscheduled periodic site inspections

SOIL AND GROUNDWATER MANAGEMENT

  • A Release Abatement Measure (RAM) Plan has been filed with DEP and is available for review (PDF)

 

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

BUILDING PATHWAYS

Building Pathways creates opportunities for low-income area residents, particularly in underserved communities, to access and prepare for building trades apprenticeships and family-sustaining careers in the construction industry. Through apprenticeship preparedness training, outreach to young adults, and advocacy, Building Pathways addresses the need to recruit top talent into the industry while opening career pathways to women, people of color, individuals with disabilities, and transitioning veterans. 

buildingpathwaysboston.org/

YOUTHBUILD BOSTON

YouthBuild Boston (YBB) was founded in 1990 with the goal of providing underserved young people with the support and credentials needed to successfully enter the construction and design industry. While YBB promotes the core values of youth development and community service, it stands out as an innovative non-profit offering a hands-on approach to construction and design training.

youthbuildboston.org/

MASS FALLEN HEROES

As a group of Combat Veterans who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, Mass Fallen Heroes is committed to memorializing our fellow service members who did not return home to their families. So far, they have raised funds, created a first-of-its-kind memorial, developed the Veteran’s Edge program to assist Veterans, and created a network of support and programs for our Gold Star Families. Their four main goals are to: 1) Honor the memories of our fallen 2) Support our Gold Star Family members 3) Empower our Veterans and 4) Educate our communities. 

massfallenheroes.org/

VIRTUAL JOB FAIR

November 1, 2021

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Do you want to jump-start your career and learn more about opportunities in the construction industry? Join us at our virtual 776 Summer Street job fair! You’ll hear from our project team and local industry experts about potential careers, union apprenticeships, and local pre-apprenticeship programs in different building trades. Here’s a chance to gain access to jobs that have hands-on training and ways to earn as you learn.

events.blackbirdrsvp.com/776-summer-street-job-fair

 

TEAM

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Construction Manager

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Deconstruction Subcontractor

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Owner

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Owner

Architect

Owner’s Environmental Reviewer

Owner’s Environmental Reviewer

 

COMMUNITY INDEPENDENT ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEWER

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GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc, headquartered in New England, will provide ongoing environmental review of the deconstruction on behalf of the community. 

 

PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS

L Street Station Deconstruction Public Meeting #1

On September 21, 2021 the 776 Summer team hosted a Public Meeting in advance of deconstruction beginning. Information presented included the anticipated schedule and phasing of deconstruction, safety and mitigation measures to be implemented to protect abutters and the neighborhood at large, and contact information on how you can stay informed throughout the process.

 

Please note, due to a technical error, the recording of the meeting was delayed and the first couple of minutes were not recorded. The opening title and meeting agenda slide are not available in the recording. The recording does capture all substantiative content and the full Q&A session at the end. The full presentation and any other meeting materials can be accessed here:

 

    • Video Recording (YouTube)

    • Presentation Slideshow (PDF)

    • Community Questions & Answers (PDF)

L Street Station Deconstruction Public Meeting #2

On October 19, 2021 the 776 Summer team hosted a second Public Meeting in advance of deconstruction beginning. Information presented included the anticipated schedule and phasing of deconstruction, safety and mitigation measures to be implemented to protect abutters and the neighborhood at large, important updates since the 9/21 meeting, information on the upcoming job fair and Thanksgiving Turkey Drive, and contact information on how you can stay informed throughout the process.

    • Video Recording (YouTube)

    • Presentation Slideshow (PDF)

    • Community Questions & Answers (PDF)

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