Seaport Square complex taking shape

An architect’s rendering shows the zoning footprint approved for buildings in the Seaport Square project.
An architect’s rendering shows the zoning footprint approved for buildings in the Seaport Square project. (Elkus Manfredi Architects)Elkus Manfredi Architects

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A deal is emerging to build one of the South Boston Waterfront’s largest developments: a pair of 22-story towers on Seaport Boulevard that will include up to 800 apartments and a 300,000-square-foot retail and entertainment complex.

The towers will be the first major buildings within the long-planned Seaport Square project, a 23-acre complex that will eventually replace the district’s sea of parking lots with residences, office buildings, stores, restaurants, and public parks.

Plans to build the towers, to be situated across from the Moakley courthouse, have been on hold while developer MS Boston Seaport has searched for a financial partner. MS Boston principal John B. Hynes III confirmed Thursday that he is negotiating a joint venture with Berkshire Group, a Boston-based investment firm.

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