The lowdown on Seaport Square

There have been many changes in South Boston this century, especially in the harbor area.

There have been many changes in South Boston this century, especially in the harbor area. Up popped a luxury apartment or condo building here and there, along came new bars, restaurants, and even hotels. There was the new Boston Convention & Exhibition Center and, before that, the stunning ICA, too. It all unfolded gently, spreading out from the piers to Fort Point, slowly creating what is now known as the South Boston Waterfront.

But the most significant change is yet to come. Next spring, ground will be broken on the massive 23-acre Seaport Square development, which will blanket Seaport Boulevard, across from Fan Pier and the Moakley Courthouse, with residences, offices, shops, and entertainment venues. One of the businesses excited by added foot traffic is the Seaport Hotel and Seaport World Trade Center. “From what I know about the project, Seaport Square sounds like a good addition to the area,” says James M. Carmody, vice president and general manager.

It took almost four years of planning, but this summer the Boston Redevelopment Authority approved the project, which is overseen by Boston Global Investors LLC, Morgan Stanley, and W/S Development Associates, LLC. “This neighborhood is already thriving with new restaurants and office tenants,” adds Carmody. “The addition of Seaport Square should only further enhance an already exciting neighborhood.”