LPC files LOI for lab development in Boston’s Seaport

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19 Oct 2021

Lincoln Property pitches lab, STEM training center in Boston’s Seaport

As seen in Boston Business Journal
By Catherine Carlock

Lincoln Property Co. has started the city’s development-review process for its proposed 13-story lab, two-story job training/nonprofit center and an elevated walkway linking the two in Boston’s Seaport District.

Lincoln in January won the competition to develop on Parcel H, a piece of land on Congress Street owned by the Massachusetts Port Authority. In an October letter of intent filed to the Boston Planning and Development Agency, Lincoln calls the project “Seaport Circle.”

“Seaport Circle will be the central gateway to the life sciences industry for training, career services, start-ups, and life sciences companies in the South Boston Waterfront,” Lincoln’s Mark Callahan wrote in the letter of intent.

The Seaport has rapidly become the second-largest cluster of life-science space in the region, behind Cambridge’s Kendall Square. It’s not clear whether Lincoln intends to seek a biotech tenant before beginning construction, or if it will start work “on spec.”

Beyond the 650,000-square-foot lab building, the two-story nonprofit center — dubbed “The Pavilion” — will be “a welcoming and inclusive mission-driven community hub with a café and co-working space open to all,” Callahan wrote. The 15,600-square-foot facility will house training rooms, simulation labs, meeting rooms and office space and be a “uniquely programmed innovation center” providing STEM training for area residents, especially those in “Boston’s diverse and underserved neighborhoods.”

Callahan says the project will include a sustainability approach that “seeks to optimize outcomes for both the environment and people, providing a comprehensive strategy to achieve a high-performance building that is ready for climate changes in the future.”

Development Services Life Science Mark Callahan