Baker seeks to sell permanent easement on State House lawn

Charles Baker is seeking to sell a small permanent easement to a neighboring condominium. The building and lawn are shown.
Baker is seeking to sell a small permanent easement to a neighboring condominium. The building and lawn are shown. –Pat Greenhouse / Boston Globe

Governor Charlie Baker is seeking to authorize a permanent easement on the State House lawn to allow the construction of “au pair suites” in the neighboring condominium complex, The Boston Globe reports.

The proposal, which was attached onto a supplementary budget filed by the governor last week, would allow developers to meet state building codes for work at 25 Beacon St., which houses six condos priced between $9 million and $11 million, according to the Globe. Baker’s director of communications, Lizzy Guyton, told the publication the proposal was approved by the state’s historical commission and would not damage or change the appearance of the capitol’s grounds.

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Secretary of State William Galvin, who serves as head of the state’s historical commission and chief overseer of historic preservation told the Globe he only learned of the proposal placed as a budget amendment from the paper’s inquiry.

“You don’t give away a permanent easement, no matter how small, to public land that has such historic significance as John Hancock’s pasture land, to a private developer,’’ Galvin told the Globe

Read the full Globe report here.

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