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Update: Fort Point has been awarded publication by the National Park Service for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.
By a unanimous vote of the Massachusetts Historic Commission, the Fort Point Channel Historic District was approved by the Commonwealth for designation on the National Register of Historic Places. The State Commission’s vote was supported by the Boston Preservation Alliance (proponent), the City of Boston Landmarks Commission, the Fort Point Cultural Coalition (a catalyst for this petition), residents and business owners of the Fort Point community, property owners Beacon Capital Partners and The McCourt Company, SAND and Fort Point Place (condo).
Fort Point’s buildings, bridges and seawalls were included in the designation.
The process of designation now moves to the National Park Service in Washington D.C., and listing in the National Register is expected later this summer.
No testimony in objection of the nomination was raised at the hearing. The Boston Wharf Company, NStar and the Owners of Fort Point Place (office building) filed notarized objections to the nomination.
The Gillette Company was one of a few commenters that did not elect to support or oppose the nomination.
Once designated as a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places, property owners may be eligible to apply for tax credits applicable to the rehabilitation and preservation of important structures. Projects expected to secure financing using these incentives include Midway Studios, now under contruction by the Fort Point Development Collaborative adjacent to Beacon Capital Partners’ Channel Center.
Listing in the National Register is a completely separate and distinct process from the City of Boston’s designation of Landmark Districts by the Boston Landmarks Commission. Fort Point was proposed in 2001 as a historic district for consideration by the Boston Landmark Commission, and that process continues today.
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