An overwhelming amount of residents appeared at a at Tuesday.
In terms of redevelopment, the crowd appeared to be split down the middle. While some pushed for the project to move forward, others, such as resident Charlie Bozzello, wanted planning to come to an immediate halt.
"One of the driving factors of people leaving the city is that we once had an economic balance between industrial and residential for centuries," he said. "We've lost our businesses, and our taxes are going up...Once this project rolls down the track, there's no possible retreat."
The $1 billion project proposed by , includes 860 housing units, a hotel and conference center, offices, 25,000 square feet of retail space and 19 acres of open space.
For those who did not get a chance to speak at the podium, the board is accepting written comments on the waterfront until Sept. 30.