Work Continues on 6 Stack Street in Charlestown
Posted By: Boston City Properties
With landscape walls in place and concrete poured for second-story amenity space, the project at 6 Stack Street in Charlestown is starting to shape up. The site is part of the massive Hood Park redevelopment, which will ultimately include more than 1.7 million square feet of residential, office, lab and open space. The land at 6 Stack Street will feature a one-story structure of approximately 3,900 square feet. It will include bike storage, amenity space and 1,000 square feet of retail space that is well-suited for a bike shop.
The land at 6 Stack Street will also include Stack Street Park, a 0.5-acre park with a tilted lawn and a connected rooftop deck. The deck will be positioned above a new bicycle pavilion, which was designed by Elkus Manfredi Architects. The pavilion's enclosed space will include public restrooms, a shower facility, and storage for 200 bicycles. Ultimately, the site will promote bicycle commuting to Hood Park offices from neighborhoods around the city. As part of the massive Hood Park redevelopment project, it is one of several pocket parks that will give the development more than two acres of green, open space.
The sloped lawn leading down to Stack Street Park's pavilion area will serve as a flexible performance space. A stage will be incorporated into the accessible walkway path leading up to the public roof deck. The deck itself will feature a landscaped garden with a variety of different plants and greenery. Its vantage point will afford views of the surrounding area, including the iconic Hood Milk industrial stack. The stack is one of the last remnants of the former H.P. Hood and Sons dairy that was once located on the site.
Hood Park, the name of the overarching mixed-use development, is named in honor of the former dairy facility. The project is being developed in phases, and construction is not expected to be completed until 2027. However, 6 Stack Street is already well underway and should be open and ready for use by the end of the year. Several other buildings are at various phases of construction, and construction of some of the other new structures is yet to begin. All told, the 20-acre campus will feature seven brand-new buildings, and several existing structures will be preserved and incorporated into the overall development.
Stack Park and Stack Street Pavilion were partly designed to create a buffer zone between Hood Park and the I-93 interstate, which is directly adjacent to the site. The green space is being planted with trees that will shield the area from freeway noise. Various natural plant communities will be incorporated into the space, including shrublands, meadowlands, wetlands and woodlands. The campus is also located along the Sullivan Square Orange Line stop, and 6 Stack Street will serve as a hub for people who commute around the area via bicycle. Most likely, a bicycle shop will open within the 1,000-square-foot retail space at this address.
The park and pavilion at 6 Stack Street will be among the first completed sections of the sprawling Hood Park development. The mixed-use development will include 10 Stack Street, a 350,000 square-foot office and lab tower; 100 Hood Park Drive, another office and lab building; and 480 Rutherford Avenue, a 177-unit luxury apartment building called The Harvey. Already, this section of Charlestown is looking much different than it did just a few years ago. By the time Hood Park is completely finished, the neighborhood will have a totally new vibe – and it could emerge as one of the city's hottest neighborhoods before too long.