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New Balance to Build Train Station as Part of Its Boston Headquarters

Posted By Angie Schmitt On November 14, 2012 @ 10:56 am In Network Roundup | 12 Comments

Another corporate sponsor is making a major investment in rail transit.

First Apple [1] helped finance the rehab of an “L” stop in Chicago. Now New Balance is paying to build a passenger rail station that will serve its headquarters in Boston’s Brighton neighborhood, reports Nicole Anderson at Network blog the Architect’s Newspaper [2]:


A rendering of the new $16 million train station New Balance is financing for the city of Boston. Photo: Architect's Newspaper [2]

It has been five decades since there has been a commuter rail station in Brighton, but this will soon change. MassDOT Secretary Richard A. Davey and New Balance Chairman James S. Davis announced this summer that they will build a new Worcester Line commuter station, and just a few days ago, the sports apparel company gave word that it is slated to open in 2014.

The station, New Brighton Landing, will be part of New Balance’s $500 million development complex that will serve as the company’s headquarters and also include a hotel, a sports facility, retail space, and parking. Elkus Manfredi Architects [4] and Howard/Stein Hudson Associates will design the 250,000-sq-ft headquarters.

In June, MassDOT said that New Balance has agreed to “fund all permitting, design, and construction costs for the station and fund annual maintenance costs” for the $16 million New Brighton Landing station.

The area around the station is being branded as a 14-acre, mixed-use “health and wellness district [5],” which will include the company’s headquarters, shopping and other amenities. Compare that to the California employers [6] we wrote about yesterday that spend their resources subsidizing solo car commuting.

Elsewhere on the Network today: Biking Toronto [7] reports that while protests continue – a physician was arrested during demonstrations yesterday – city officials are moving ahead with a controversial bike lane removal. This Big City [8] looks at how climate change is affecting cities around the world, beyond Hurricane Sandy. And Systemic Failure [9] shares research that casts doubt on the value of sharrows, even showing they can make streets less safe than no cycling treatment at all.

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[1] Apple: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=131675398

[2] Architect’s Newspaper: http://blog.archpaper.com/wordpress/archives/49928?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+AN_blog+%28A%2FN+Blog%29

[3] Image: http://streetsblog.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/boston_station_01-550x329.jpg

[4] Elkus Manfredi Architects: http://archpaper.com/news/articles.asp?id=5954

[5] health and wellness district: http://newbrightonlandingllc.com/

[6] California employers: http://dc.streetsblog.org/2012/11/13/shoup-free-parking-to-blame-for-californias-solo-car-commuting-habit/

[7] Biking Toronto: http://bikingtoronto.com/blog/2012/11/jarvis-bike-lane-removal-proceeding-despite-technical-difficulties-and-an-arrest/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+bikingtoronto+%28BikingToronto%29

[8] This Big City: http://thisbigcity.net/beyond-sandy-how-climate-change-has-affected-cities-worldwide/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+thisbigcity%2FFMhB+%28This+Big+City%29

[9] Systemic Failure: http://systemicfailure.wordpress.com/2012/11/14/sharrows-suck/

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