Legislature may get involved in fight over housing at old South Boston power plant

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Developers plan a 1.9 million-square-foot complex at the former power plant in South Boston. But currently, a restriction prevents residential projects on the site. STANTEC

South Boston politicians opposed to a massive redevelopment project at the shuttered Boston Edison plant have taken their fight to the State House, the Globe’s Jon Chesto and Tim Logan report.

Senator Nick Collins has filed a bill that would require a full review by the Legislature and the state inspector general’s office before any housing can be built at the 15-acre power plant site on Summer Street overlooking the Reserved Channel.

At issue is a deed restriction the Massachusetts Port Authority negotiated in 2014 with the site’s previous owner that prevents residential units from being built there. At the time, Massport was planning to build a bypass road for trucks to connect Conley Terminal, a shipping facility, directly to Summer Street and wanted to avoid conflicts that future development at the old plant might pose. The bypass, which opened in 2017, includes a new bridge that passes next to the property.

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