Waterfront Network Activation Plan for the Charlestown Navy Yard*

The Boston Redevelopment Authority sought creative solutions to activating the waterfront in a remote section of the Boston Harborwalk. They also sought recommendations for meeting the intent of state waterfront public access regulations in unique physical and market conditions.  The Navy Yard had been home to vacant public spaces for years and creative solutions were required to lease publically accessible space and make developers involved partners in activating the waterfront year-round.  The new public realm plan and recommendations for changes in the Facilities of Public Accommodation and Special Public Destination Facilities were created as a result of pending development of Pier 5, and within the context of significant neighborhood concern that proposed private uses on the waterfront would limit public use and enjoyment of the Navy Yard.