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Recipients of Harvard-Allston Public Realm Flexible Fund announced

Jul 22, 2016

In March 2016 the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) announced a grant opportunity for public realm projects in Allston-Brighton. This opportunity came to fruition with the help of Harvard University as part of a package of public benefits created in 2013 to support the community of Allston.
Harvard, in collaboration with the Boston Redevelopment Authority and the City of Boston, will award grants from a $5.35 million pool of funding to projects that create vibrant public spaces and encourage civic and cultural activity in the neighborhood.
At the July BRA Board Meeting, the first seven Harvard-Allston Public Realm Flexible Fund recipients and their projects were approved. Learn more about the recipients and their projects below:
  • Boston Bikes and Boston Transportation Department will receive $50,000 for one Hubway station, to be matched by a second with funding from other sources.
  • Boston Parks and Recreation will receive $185,000 from the Harvard-Allston Flex Fund to supplement City capital funding for initial design work on the Smith Field Master Plan implementation.
  • Boston Police Department, District 14 will receive $96,000 for variable message signs.
  • Charlesview, Inc. will receive $8,850 for their summer programming.
  • Friends of Collins Park will receive $9,500 for schematic improvements to the park.
  • Friends of Herter Park will receive $49,623, being matched by $25,000 of other funding, to perform basic repairs to the stage, seating, and electrical system at the Publick Theater so that it can be used for programming again.
  • Friends of Honan-Allston Library will receive $7,200 for landscaping to improve the building’s overall safety for its patrons.
In order to be considered, projects had to be located in the Allston-Brighton neighborhood with particular emphasis on the North Allston/North Brighton area, i.e. the portion(s) of the neighborhood located north of I-90. In addition, they had to be on public property or on property with public access. The applications for all 2016 recipients can be viewed here.
For more information on the Harvard-Allston Public Realm Flexible Fund, click here.

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