PLAN: Charlestown

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PLAN: Charlestown AG meeting

The first PLAN: Charelstown AG will take place on Feb 24th, 2021 from 6-8pm. AG meetings are open to the public.


Summary & Goals

PLAN: Charlestown is a comprehensive planning initiative in partnership with the community, staffed by a planning team consisting of an interdepartmental working group from across city departments and state transportation agencies.

Through this process, the entire neighborhood will be comprehensively examined to determine a shared vision for the future of Charlestown. Community discussions will focus on future land use, current development, as well as strategies to enhance the existing community and preserve its historic assets.

The scope of the project is the entire neighborhood of Charlestown. While ongoing land disposition processes will continue, no new Requests For Proposals (RFP's) for BPDA parcels will be issued until those parcels are reviewed, and a plan is created for them, through this process.

Most importantly, the process seeks to establish a comprehensive and coordinated plan to ensure the equitable provision of infrastructure to support neighborhood needs in the areas of: transportation, parks and open space, climate resilience, education, and affordable housing.

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Advisory Group

The Advisory Group (AG) will assist the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) and other City agencies in creating a long-term vision for the PLAN: Charlestown initiative. The primary goal of the study will be to develop a new framework for the preservation, enhancement, and growth of Charlestown, while balancing the importance of livability, daylight, walkability, climate change, access to open space, affordability, and a dynamic mix of uses, among others.


Melissa Brennan Associate at Feinberg, Campbell and Zack
Brian Callahan Sullivan Square Residential Association
Chris Kushcel Transportation Planner at MAPC
Mary Chippa Charles Newtown, Board Member
Amber Christofferson Mystic River Watershed Association
Sarah Coughlin Charlestown Coalition, Partners Health

Elaine Donovan                                                
Activist, Charlestown Coalition, Neighborhood Council, 02129 Steering Committe
Karie Everett Community Activist
Shannon Fitzgerald      Charlestown Mothers Association
Anda French Boston Society of Architects, Owner French2D Architects
Tina Goodnow Charlestown Residents Alliance(BHA), Vice President
Julie Hall Charlestown Historical Society
Intiya Isaza-Figueroa Opportunity Communities, Senior Development Manager
Nancy Johnson Charlestown Neighborhood Council
Joanne Massaro Retired PWD Commissioner, Active in neighborhood
Ryan McCarthy Community Activist-Member of Beautification Committee
Mary McCarthy Architect, Finegold and Alexander Architects
Lisa McGoff Collins Charlestown Neighborhood Council, Member
James Donovan Teamsters Representative
Zaire Richardson Youth, Turn It Around
Niko Skiadas Resident, Real Estate Professional at JLL
Phil Smith Resident, Small Business Background
Paul Sullivan Mishawum Resident
Karson Tager Resident, CharlestownNeighborhood Council Member
Stephanie Ward Resident, Volunteer at Charlestown BGCB
Amanda Zettel        Charlestown Preservation Society


Ex-Officio Advisory Group Members 

State Senator Sal DiDomenico
State Representative Dan Ryan
District City Councilor Lydia Edwards
At-Large City Councilor Michael Flaherty
At-Large City Councilor Annissa Essaibi George
At-Large City Councilor At-Large Julia Mejia
At-Large City Councilor Michelle Wu

Past Events

PLAN: Charlestown Open Space and Climate Resilience Workshop
Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Recording | Presentation | Open Space Questions | Open Space Photo Repository

PLAN: Charlestown Open Office Hours
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Recording | Presentation

PLAN: Charlestown Land Use Through Time Workshop
Thursday, October 8, 2020
Recording | Presentation

PLAN: Charlestown August Open Office Hours
Thursday, August 27, 2020
During the August PLAN: Charlestown Open Office Hours, BPDA staff members provided a brief overview of the Kick-off Open House, previewed the next meeting topic, and answered questions from the public. 
Recording | Presentation

PLAN: Charlestown Kick-off Open House
Thursday, January 30, 2020
The PLAN: Charlestown Kick-off Open House allowed Charlestown community members to share ideas, learn about the planning process and how to get involved. Members were also introduced to members of the City and the Boston Planning & Development Agency's planning team.
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We want to hear from you! All questions, comments and ideas are welcome. Comments are received and reviewed by members of the PLAN: Charlestown team.

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