The University of Massachusetts Building Authority is gauging interest in two parcels spanning 10 acres in Dorchester’s Columbia Point for a public-private development partnership.

The authority is seeking expressions of interest for the UMass-Boston parcels for commercial development that could include academic and research space, a hotel and retail.

The 5.8-acre Lot A contains a 100-space parking lot and the Calf Pasture sewer pumping station, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Lot B spans 4.2 acres and is used as surface parking for students and faculty. Both parcels are located in federal Opportunity Zones. 

Commercial development opportunities could include academic and research space, a boutique hotel, retirement housing, retail and restaurant space, the building authority said.

“With the reimagining of Mt. Vernon Street into a grand boulevard, the site will serve as the gateway to UMass Boston’s 120-acre campus, connecting its 16,415 undergraduate and graduate students,” the building authority stated.

Responses to the request for interest are due Feb. 19.

The university last year selected Accordia Partners to redevelop the former Bayside Expo Center property through a 99-year ground lease, and the same developers last June acquired the former Santander Bank property at 2 Morrissey Boulevard.

UMass-Boston Offers Up 10 Acres for Development

by Steve Adams time to read: 1 min