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UMass asks developers for ideas for re-use of Bayside siteBy Bill Forry, EditorAugust 8, 2017The Bayside property is shown last winter as workers continued to work on demolition of the site. Bill Forry photoThe UMass Building Authority has issued a Request for Information (RFI) as it seeks out ideas for the “highest and best use” of the former Bayside Expo Center site on Columbia Point in Dorchester with an eye toward transforming the 20-acre site into a “modern-day Harvard Square.”The document— released on Tuesday— asks developers to submit their ideas for a “mixed use development opportunity” on the waterfront site through potential public-private re-development.The Bayside property has been controlled by UMass since 2010 after its previous owners lost the former exhibition hall to foreclosure, ending a $1 billion plan to create a new mixed-use neighborhood on the prime Dorchester Bay location.

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