As the Massachusetts Department of Transportation begins revamping the last untouched space underneath the Interstate 93 ramps between South Boston and the South End, residents have visualized the improvements that could made to the area dubbed Lot 5.
Pictured: MassDOT and residents hope this space will one day be full of cars and life. Right now, it’s mostly full of trash and materials used by MassDOT crews.
Since late 2013, MassDOT has been constructing parking lots underneath the hulking structure that carries traffic into and out of Boston. Eventually, 432 public parking spaces, lighting, and security will be added to the approximately 8-acre area in three separate lots.
Pictured: Lot 5’s intertwined on- and off-ramps
Although advocates are excited for the project, many have never had an opportunity to venture down to the dark, gated-off area where Lot 5 will be built.
Pictured: The space viewed from Traveler Street
The first phase of the project, which has for the most part been completed, included the construction of two lots with 235 parking spaces accessible from Albany Street. Phase 2 will construct 192 parking spaces on Lot 5, which is accessible from Traveler Street.
The infrastructure improvements, in addition to a number of public realm improvements, are expected to be completed by December.
Pictured: Lot 5 could best be described as vast, dark, and grey.
Because of its layout, Lot 5 poses a number of unique challenges and opportunities.
Pictured: A portion of Lot 5 that could be used as parking.
Mostly hidden from view, Lot 5 offers plenty of room for cars. Because of its numerous support columns, a portion of the space can’t be used for parking and will be dedicated to improvements for the neighborhood, such as open space, landscaping, and public art.
Pictured: Some of the ramps that go over Lot 5
The area often houses homeless camps, and MassDOT officials and neighbors hope the new construction will bring the right kind of activity and push out the unwanted elements.
Pictured: Some of the refuse that has collected in the Lot 5 area
A concrete design has yet to be developed for the space, but a number of ideas have been floated including a dog park, walking paths, and green space.
Pictured: Some of the ramps that run over Lot 5
The area’s connection to multi-use trails and the Fort Point Channel have also been highlighted as opportunities.
Pictured: One of the views of the Fort Point Channel offered by the space
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