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HRP Group Nears Completion of former Edison Plant Deconstruction; Video Highlights Massive Teamwork

July 05, 2024

Boston — Currently titled, “776 Summer,” the massive redevelopment of the former Boston Edison Plant in Southie is completing its daunting three-year deconstruction phase, led by HRP Group (HRP), a transformational real estate investment and redevelopment company. Last week the Chicago-based company released a video series highlighting the contributions of the diverse union workforce that has operated since late 2021 to deconstruct the former coal-fired power plant at 776 Summer Street - paving the way for sustainable redevelopment of the 15.2-acre site into a dynamic mixed-use destination in South Boston.

The team, led by HRP, general contractor Suffolk Construction, and demolition specialist, NorthStar, systematically deconstructed over 1.25 million square feet of defunct structures from the former power plant, removing and recycling over 26,000 tons of steel and performing extensive abatement of regulated materials. Deconstruction activities included the preservation of four historic turbine halls that were once owned and operated by Thomas Edison at the turn of the 20th century.

The magnificent turbine halls will be adaptively reused with a vision of retail, dining, civic and R&D space. Nearly 500 union workers participated in the deconstruction process. In addition to hosting annual worker appreciation events, HRP is releasing a Worker Showcase video series to celebrate the skilled trade workers who made a deconstruction project of this scale and complexity possible.

“At HRP, we are proud to honor the legacy of this incredible site and the workers who proudly built it,” said HRP CEO Roberto Perez. “Now, just as proudly, a new generation of workers have prepared 776 Summer for the transformation ahead. We are forever grateful for their contributions to what will become Boston’s newest iconic destination.”

The development plan includes significant public benefits including 5.7 acres of new public open space with a large waterfront promenade and network of bike and pedestrian pathways, new civic and cultural space, and significant investment in public infrastructure and community recreational facilities.

“776 Summer was built by visionaries over a century ago and our intentional deconstruction and preservation work paves the way for this place to be reimagined as Boston’s next hub for innovators to live and thrive,” said HRP Executive Vice President of Mixed-Use Development, Melissa Schrock.

HRP recently secured unanimous approval from the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) Board of Directors to modify a preexisting deed restriction and permit residential development at the site. This agreement simultaneously allows for the creation of much-needed housing units in the South Boston neighborhood and provides funding for important investments into Massport’s maritime operations. HRP worked collaboratively with Massport to achieve this important step forward for the sustainable redevelopment of the site.

The Worker Showcase series can be viewed here and includes the following videos:

“ Christine ” features Christine Repetto of Boston detailing her path to the construction industry, including overcoming struggles with addiction and mental health, and the part her work at 776 Summer played in her success.

“ Kevin ” features Kevin Nee of Quincy, Mass. speaking about the enormity of the deconstruction project, the excitement he and his peers felt participating in what he termed “a huge facelift to the community,” and the optimism of the future job creation potential of the project.

“ Women in Construction ” showcases women professionals discussing the challenges and opportunities they face in the industry, including advice to young women considering careers in the field.

“ History ” showcases workers discussing the rich history of the site, the painstaking work required to preserve historic spaces and artifacts for adaptive reuse and the pride they experienced by being a part of the preservation of a piece of Boston history that will be a future landmark for visitors.

776 Summer St. Former Edison Plant Interior 776 Summer Street Development (Rendering)