MPA is currently working with Crosspoint Associates and Invesco Real Estate on a retail activation plan for the new Thomson Place. MPA’s plan calls for the restoration and repositioning of three historic buildings (47 Farnsworth Street, 25 Thomson Place, and 44 Thomson Place) with new ground-floor retail space and a new pedestrian plaza, creating a vibrant retail and dining destination while preserving the historic warehouse aesthetic.
Inspired by a change in the tenant profiles of the three buildings, the development team saw a place-making opportunity could restore the architectural luster of the buildings and reflect the dynamic character of the Fort Point neighborhood. Originally designed as warehouse buildings – with window openings six feet above the sidewalk – the newly restored neighborhood will feature lowered floor and window openings to support the conversion of the ground-floor office space to street-level retail.
Relying on old photos and original architectural drawings discovered in one of the buildings, MPA’s design restores the historic building façades by opening bricked-up windows, reintroducing shutters on the upper level, and adding back long-forgotten architectural flourishes. The giant openings once used for unloading goods will become glass façades with lighting and signage to draw people into retail and restaurant establishments. To energize and enliven the streetscape, the master plan calls for widened sidewalks to encourage pedestrian traffic and the creation of a new courtyard plaza with green space for dining and performance art.