About the Beacon Park Yard (BPY) Regional Framework 

The Beacon Park Yard Regional Framework Plan is a planning initiative led by the Boston Planning & Development Agency that will complement and inform the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s (MassDOT) Allston Multimodal Project. The Beacon Park Yard Regional Framework Plan will develop a community vision to explore and refine opportunities unlocked by the replacement and redesign of the Allston Interchange. This community vision will be guided by regional, City, and local perspectives to imagine and create a new neighborhood in Beacon Park Yard (the Plan Area) See below. The time frame for this project is from June 2023 to December 2024, beginning with the Project Team’s Planning Preparation and Site Context Analysis. 

The Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90) viaduct is nearing the end of its useful lifespan. MassDOT’s Allston Multimodal Project is a plan to replace the viaduct in this section and redesign the Allston Interchange for improved regional mobility, roadway safety, livability, and open space connections. In 2022, MassDOT and its design team filed a Notice of Project Change that reflects the most recent changes to the project and aligns the State and Federal processes. Please visit the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s (MassDOT) Allston Multimodal Project to see the most recent proposed changes.Map of Beacon Park Yard Study Area
Map of the existing conditions of the Plan Area marked in red.

Map of BYP study area
Map of the Study Area. Plan Area marked in red.

Preliminary Project Vision, Mission, and Theory of Change

BPDA Project Staff used an Equity Advancing Tool called Theory of Change by the High Line Network to draft the Project's Vision, Mission and Theory of Change. This work is being vetted by the Coalition Partners. Please feel free to Share Your Thoughts below.

Theory of Change

Large-scale planning processes have often resulted in plans enabling development that deepens inequities and compounds existing structural harms, specifically segregation by wealth, race, and status. We seek to establish a plan for future development that directly benefits the local community of immigrants, small business owners, artists, ethnic and racial minorities, LGBTQIA+ people, people with disabilities, those who are house-insecure or food-insecure, and people with limited access to transportation. This will ensure a culturally and economically diverse mix of people connected by development rather than divided by it. We will achieve this by first documenting community and indigenous knowledge of the place and then by using this grounding to facilitate a transparent process that prioritizes power sharing in the creation of universal goals and targeted outreach. Through this process, we will establish guidelines which hold those with power accountable to the current and future community.

Vision

Our vision is inclusive and equitable infrastructure and development projects. 

Mission

Our Mission is to create a plan that establishes new systems and structures of accountability for economic and cultural well-being. This plan will serve those most impacted by planning, design, and development so that they can best direct: future developers of the site, Harvard University, the City of Boston, the Boston Planning & Development Agency, and MassDOT.

Harvard University Impact and Role

Harvard University is the sole landowner of the Plan Area (the Allston-Landing South Economic Development Area Subdistrict). The demand for the Regional Framework Plan arose out of conversations concerning the Allston Multimodal Project and was made financially feasible by the Harvard Allston Task Force’s advocacy for planning-led development through the BPDA Board approved project Harvard ERC Phase A mitigation benefits. The Harvard ERC Memo states that Harvard will participate in, and contribute to a planning process with the City of Boston for the Plan Area in conjunction with the advancement of the Allston Multimodal Project.

Coalition Partners  

The Coalition Partners are a group of State and City leaders, elected officials, institutional leadership, BPDA leadership, regional elders, and subject matter experts. With the assistance of BPDA staff, this group will help establish the project’s mission and advocate for the work as well as verify that each major task aligns with the project mission, values, and goals rather than technical appropriateness. The Coalition Partners include: 

  • Aimee Chambers, BPDA Director of Planning
  • Amira Madison, City of Boston (CoB) Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics
  • Ashley Stolba, Governor’s Cabinet Executive Office of Economic Development
  • Breeze Outlaw, BPDA Boston Design Vision
  • Chris Osgood, Mayor’s Office
  • Cindy Marchando, Harvard Allston Task Force
  • Elizabeth Leary, Boston University
  • Glen Berkowitz, A Better City
  • Iram Farooq, City of Cambridge
  • Jarred Johnson, Community Advocate
  • Jess Robertson, Community Advocate 
  • Jonathan Lee, Allston-Brighton Health Collaborative
  • Karina Oliver-Milchman, Mayor’s Office of Housing
  • Kate England, City of Boston (CoB) Green Infrastructure Department
  • Kelly Brown, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Laura Gilmore, Massachusetts Bay Transit Administration (MBTA)
  • Marika Reuling, Harvard University 
  • Mark Handley, Harvard University
  • Patricia Cahill, Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT)
  • Sonia Richards, Boston University
  • Susan Harrington, Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT)
  • Traci Laichter, Community Advocate
  • Vineet Gupta, Boston Transportation Department (BTD)

Engagement Materials

BPY Plan Terms & Definitions

This brochure includes some common terms that project staff will use throughout the BPY Plan planning process. We hope this is a helpful tool as you engage!

Terms & Definitions Brochure | Folleto Términos y definiciones | 术语及定义


We want to better understand how you move and relate to the Beacon Park Yard (BPY) area and beyond! 

Please use the tools below to share your experiences and sign-up for future focus groups. Your experiences will help shape the guiding principles for upcoming co-design workshops.

Map your places & routesTell us your Beacon Park Yard Story | Go on a Virtual Site Walk | Focus Group Interest Form


Public Forum #1 

On Wednesday, January 24 we gathered at the Josephine Fiorentino Community Center at the Charlesview Residences for an in-person, open house-style public forum. We began with a brief presentation where participants learned about the three action themes: experience of infrastructure, partnership with natural systems, and new models for opportunity. Participants shared their experiences, feedback, and bold visions using post-it notes and stickers across four activity boards. 

We also enjoyed delicious deserts from Sultana's Bakery & Cafe in Brighton. Feedback from the event will be summarized together with experiences shared by bus and train users and discussions from focus groups. Throughout the forum, participants were invited to sign up for future focus groups and share their feedback about the event. Thank you to everyone that attended and to the Charlesview Residences for hosting us!

Presentation | Context and Background | Experience of Infrastructure | Partnerships with Natural Systems | New Models for Opportunity | Guia del foro publico | 公共论坛指南 | 公共論壇指南


Community Walk Event

December 3, 2023 - In-person

NEW LOCATION: Swissbakers, 168 Western Avenue, Boston, MA 02134

Due to the weather, we are moving the previously scheduled community walk to an indoor community event. Please feel free to stop by and meet us at Swissbakers Allston anytime from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Join us for a community walk through the neighborhood as part of the BPY Framework Plan. We want to know how you move around the BPY Plan Area and what is important to you!

Flyer   TAKE THE VIRTUAL COMMUNITY WALK


Coalition Partners Workshop #2

December 13, 2023

During this virtual workshop the Coalition Partners were tasked with identifying  existing community organizations, assets, connections and conflicts in the BPY Study Area in the areas of Infrastructure, Natural Systems, and New Models for Opportunity. The purpose of this exercise was to better understand the current social and physical existing conditions in the BPY Area. As a result of this discussion, the BPY Plan Project team has a better understanding of the key cultural and advocacy features influencing future development. 

Presentation | Presentación (Spanish) | 演示 (Traditional Chinese) | 演示 (Simplified Chinese) | Workshop Summary


Coalition Partners Workshop #1

October 25, 2023

The Coalition Partners met in-person for a workshop to review the preliminary project vision, mission, and values established by the Project Staff through an Equity Advancing Tool called Theory of Change created by the High Line Network. The Coalition Partners were also tasked with brainstorming strategies and partnerships to advance the key Equity Themes from the Theory of Change. Please see the materials below to see the outcomes and next steps. 

Presentation | Presentación (Spanish) | 演示 (Traditional Chinese) | 演示 (Simplified Chinese)  | Workshop Summary  


 

Language Access 

Language access services are available to you free of charge. Please contact Christine Brandao to request.

Los servicios de acceso a idiomas están disponibles sin cargo. Por favor llame o envíe un mensaje a Christine Brandao con la solicitud.

您可以免费获得语言翻译服务。请联系 或 Christine Brandao 要求提供翻译。

免費向您提供語言服務。請聯絡 或 Christine Brandao 提出要求。

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Share Your Thoughts

We want to hear from you! All questions, comments and ideas are welcome. Comments are received and reviewed by members of the Beacon Park Yard Regional Framework Plan (BPY Plan) team.

To submit a comment in a language besides English, please email [email protected].
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