For over two decades the residents and police officers in East Boston have awaited the construction of a new police station at the City Yards in Eagle Square across from American Legion Playground.
Last year, Mayor Martin Walsh and Police Commissioner WIlliam Gross joined elected officials and the community to break ground on a new state-of-the-art police station at the City Yards.
The $30 million project will create a more efficient and better station for police and replace the aging District A-7 station on Meridian Street near Maverick Square.
In the Mayor’s Five Year Capital Plan released as part of the recently approved budget guarantees money remains in city coffers to fund the ongoing construction of the new station.
The station will be roughly 27,000 sq. ft. with an entrance on the corner of Condor and Trenton Streets. There will be parking in the rear of the station for 50 vehicles and the building will be LEAD Silver Certified.
According to the city the public art will be placed on the future new Area A-7 Police Station in Eastie with the aim of creating a new public building that is welcoming to the community, while having a civic presence through public art and community space.
The station will also contribute to Mayor Walsh’s “Percent for Art” program by permanently housing a piece of public art. The “Percent for Art” program is the City of Boston’s five-year commitment to granting $13.4 million to public art pieces over the timeframe. It is a part of the City’s cultural plan, Boston Creates, founded in 2016.
The City has identified several potential sites for the artwork, including the entrance lobby, the community room, and three locations outside of the station.
The project is expected to take approximately two years to complete.