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BOSTON-The MBTA’s decision to delay modernizing the Maverick Square subway station here in East Boston could impact the development of the Clippership Wharf Project. The 400-unit project, which is being developed by Roger Cassin and Arthur Winn, is to be located near the station.

Lydia Rivera, spokesperson for the MBTA, confirms for GlobeSt.com that the schedule for modernizing the station has been “somewhat detained.” Rivera says that there initially was a 2004 date to complete the renovations to the station but she adds, “basically we’ve had to extend the date. We had other priorities we had to attend to. The modernization will have to wait until 2008.” Rivera notes that designers are already working on the station so it is possible that the date could be pushed up.

As to the repercussions a modernized station would have on local development projects, Rivera says, “I realize what we do impacts development in the area with regard to making the area nice.”

Sources close to the $190-million Clippership Wharf project tell GlobeSt.com that the project is continuing to move forward in its regulatory process and that this won’t impact the project “for now.” But clearly, continues the source, “for [the station] to be slowed down, affects us all.” Roesland Property Co. is also planning on developing residential units and office and retail space on a nearby parcel owned by the Massachusetts Port Authority.

Carolyn Low, spokesperson for the Clippership Wharf project, tells GlobeSt.com that it is unclear whether the station delay will impact the project’s construction.

Merdeith Bauman, a spokesperson for the Boston Redevelopment Authority, tells GlobeSt.com that the Clippership Wharf project is moving through the regulatory process but she says that “this curveball from the MBTA does affect us in a way and affects the developers plan on moving forward.” Bauman notes that the BRA is trying to create “transit-oriented” developments where business and residential areas are developed around transportation hubs. “That’s why this hold-up is unfortunate,” she says, “and it’s unfortunate that this plan hasn’t been presented to us” by the MBTA.

Bauman notes that the BRA is waiting for the Clippership Wharf project to file its Development Project Impact Report, which could take months, but this station delay she says, “could obviously have an impact.”

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