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Columbia Point Neighborhood Discusses Short- and Long-Term Strategies for Mt. Vernon Street Redesign

Jun 03, 2014

photo(6)-(1).JPGOver 35 neighborhood residents, employees, and community leaders convened last Thursday on Columbia Point, Dorchester for the second Mt. Vernon Street Redesign public meeting.

At the meeting, BRA staff and representatives from the consultant team, including McMahon Associates, CSS, and Omloop Design, presented short- and long-term strategies for transforming Mt. Vernon Street. Representatives from the Boston Transportation Department (BTD) and Public Works were also present.

Short term strategies discussed include a tactical urbanism event, a new crosswalk, bringing Boston Bikes' Youth Cycling Program to the Dever McCormack School in the Fall, temporary public art, and exploring food truck opportunities in collaboration with the Mayor's Office of Food Initiatives.

Long term, planners are working closely with the community and other public agencies on a street section that will better meet the needs of area residents, students and employees. Working concepts for the street include a protected cycle track, wider sidewalks, improved landscaping, and better connections to the Harborwalk.

Following the presentations, meeting attendees broke into small groups to engage in a branding and identity exercise and to discuss street sections in more detail.

The Mt. Vernon Street Redesign effort follows on the heels of the 2011 Columbia Point Master Plan, which identified the street as a critical corridor for connecting the peninsula's evolving residential areas and institutions.

Want to get involved? Stay tuned for a tactical urbanism event later this summer, as well as details on the next public meeting.

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