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Big Plans for ‘Hidden Gem’ on Dorchester Waterfront

South Boston-based developer, City Point Capital, is hoping to tap into the potential of Dorchester’s Port Norfolk peninsula, with plans to build what would be the first significant commercial development this corner of the city has seen in years.

City Point Capital is working with RODE Architects to develop and design a complex that would include an estimated 100 condos, a boutique hotel and restaurant, marina slips, and a home for the boat business, now run by Florida-based MarineMax. The precise sizes of the proposed buildings are still in flux. City Point Capital and RODE Architects still want to meet with community members before submitting formal plans to the Boston Planning & Development Agency this summer.

What intrigues Kevin Deabler, RODE Architects Principal, most about the site is the opportunity it provides to draw more people to Dorchester’s waterfront. Deabler said he expects the new buildings would be set back more from the water than the existing ones, so visitors could walk along the shoreline. The development, he said, could easily dovetail with a new state park that opened up nearby on old industrial land next to the Lower Neponset River bike trail.

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