The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority will pay MassDOT $21 million to leave a key parcel of land on D Street as it prepares to re-imagine the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center’s future.
“Instead of building a building that cuts off and kills a neighborhood, we want to build something that’s integrated in the neighborhood,” said David Gibbons, the authority’s executive director. “The testing lab is kind of the linchpin in that, it’s right in the middle.”
Although the MCCA will demolish MassDOT’s testing lab later this year, Gibbons said the authority doesn’t have any specific plans for the parcel. The MCCA will include the land as part of a new master plan process aimed at guiding how the BCEC expands in the coming years.