BOSTON (CBS) – Boston’s Redevelopment Authority has given the go-ahead on five key projects that will create thousands of new jobs.

The BRA approved a $69 million seafood processing center at Marine Industrial Park that Mayor Menino calls “long overdue.”

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Mary Blake reports

The plant, which is still subject to environmental and state review, will include cold storage and packing areas, a public seafood auction, and a public viewing area along Boston Harbor.

Harvard’s $20 million innovation lab in Allston was also approved.

The BRA gave the green light on three residential projects, a 27-story tower in Chinatown, an 80-unit development in Dorchester’s Uphams Corner, and a 265-unit development in Downtown Crossing.

In all, the city estimates the projects represent more the $470 million in private investment and will create 2,700 new jobs.

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  2. cjygudwin says:

    Great. More section 8 units. Section 8 Units produce very little property tax revenue and the residents who get them rarely work and are too poor to pay any income taxes. Just what we need. More poor people being made permanent residents of Boston. But hey: the perma-poor can be relied upon to vote in the same old crew in City Hall. Making the city poorer and more costly to run. One new unit at a time.

    1. Charlie says:

      The city needs change and more towers, u must have been living there and don’t like shadows :)

  3. Charlie says:

    The city needs more towers for sure, it’s fallen back of even small or medium size cities, 30 floors to today’s standard get built in the suburbs of Chicago,Miami,Ny,Charlotte,Houston,etc etc, all these cities have something in common, they move forward :) Boston is turning into boston with the nimbys

    1. Charlie says:

      30 floors is not tall to today’s standards, I think they should have made it more like 35-40 stories, every building in back bay is between 250-350ft except 2, hopefully it doesn’t look like a box, please have some architecture to it please

  4. Charlie says:

    Great news for the city :)

  5. Cynic says:

    2700? I didn’t know the Mayor had that many relatives.

  6. DStein says:

    The key statement is “private investment”. It’s the private sector that creates these jobs. We’ve certainly come to realize that Obama’s trillion dollar stimuli packages don’t create them very efficiently, if at all.

    Even more humorous is Menino taking credit for job creation just because they BRA stopped jerking the private developers around and finally gave them the permits they applied for. I wonder how much the kickbacks cost them?

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