The old Boston Globe printing plant on Morrissey Boulevard in Dorchester printed its last newspapers in June 2017, but the space may soon be operational again as a hybrid office park and food hall. Universal Hub reported this week that development company Nordblom Development submitted plans (see the entire document here) to the Boston Planning and Development Agency for a project called the Beat. According to Nordblom’s plan, the Beat should create more than 3,000 jobs.
While most of the space’s 695,000 square feet seem to be dedicated to office and tech space, 10,000 square feet have been designated for retail and restaurant use, and 15,000 have been dedicated to other food services. The plans mention that the developers hope to attract a brewpub or restaurant to the space, as well as food trucks that could “dock” outside, and the food hall would be located in the main atrium, previously the three-story Press Room.
It is unclear from the plans whether Nordblom intends to construct a food hall in the vein of places like Eataly, Boston Public Market, and the Faneuil Hall Marketplace, or if the space will resemble something more like a mall food court.
This isn’t the only food hall in the works in Boston; as previously reported, Time Out Market is slated to open in Fenway in 2019, and Bow Market is heading toward a spring 2018 opening in Somerville’s Union Square.
Eater has reached out to Nordblom Development for comment and will update this post as new information becomes available.