Summary & Goals
Guided by Imagine Boston 2030, PLAN: Mattapan is a City planning initiative that seeks to ensure that we preserve wisely, enhance equitably, and grow inclusively. Through these three principles of “preserve, enhance, and grow,” the City’s planning team will work with the community to create a comprehensive vision for the Mattapan planning area and guide future growth and investment.
PLAN: Mattapan has worked, and will continue to work closely with the community to review past planning efforts, and identify needs and opportunities for improvements which will support the long-term equitable growth and sustainability of the neighborhood. Focuses will include, though are not limited to, economic development (jobs and business) and the creation of transit-oriented market-rate and affordable housing growth while preserving the neighborhood’s character and unique attributes.
One important result of our conversations with the community is the creation of the following vision statement to guide PLAN: Mattapan.
"Strengthen the existing culture and stability of the community by supporting affordable housing tenure, creating opportunities for businesses to thrive, and enhancing connections to improve the neighborhood’s experience accessing jobs and spaces where people gather."
Learn more about our most recent engagement, and our 2018-2019 engagement.
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PLAN: Mattapan Public Art Project
The Boston Planning & Development Agency (“BPDA”) is looking to commission a temporary artwork mural in the Mattapan neighborhood. As a part of the PLAN: Mattapan initiative, the PLAN: Mattapan Public Art Project will support the creation of temporary public art in the Mattapan neighborhood. Currently we have two initiatives on the way:
1. Call for Artists
The BPDA will coordinate and collaborate with the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture (“MOAC”) during the Call for Artists Process and selection of the design for installation after the artist or team of artist selection.
March 1, 2021 - Call for Artists Release
March 15, 2021 - Virtual Discussion Session
March 19, 2021 - Question Submission Deadline
March 26, 2021 - Amendments to Call for Artists Posted
April 7, 2021 - Call for Artist Closing
April 16, 2021 - Shortlist of Qualified Artist
May 7, 2021 - Artist Selection by Committee
The BPDA has budgeted $15,000 for the Mattapan Public Art Project for mural installation at 1531 Blue Hill Avenue, Post 16, also known as the Carter Post.
This Call is open to all artists, national and international, with a strong preference for artists with a connection to Mattapan.
The BPDA hosted two (2) online question and answer sessions on March 15, 2021:
Technical questions about the Submittable application are welcome until the Call deadline on April 7, 2021 at 5:00 PM. Submissions won’t be accepted after that deadline.
If you have any questions please reach out to Kenya Beaman, Community Engagement Manager, at [email protected].
Call for Artists on the BPDA Procurement portal
Response to Q&A
2. Partnership with the Mattapan Teen Center
The Mattapan Teen Center was identified as a recipient of the funds because of their past experience working with youth to produce art. The murals will be produced in collaboration with youth artists on the exterior of the Mattapan Teen Center. To follow up on their progress visit the Mattapan Teen Center Instagram account.
For a brief overview of what PLAN: Mattapan has been doing, view the Community Updates:
Stay tuned for our next community engagement!
Most Recent Engagement
Virtual Chat with a Planner | June 22, 2021
On June 22, 2021 the planning team discussed:
- What the planning team has been doing
- Where we’re going in the planning process
- Release of the Transportation Planning Toolkit
This was an informal conversation. However, the planning team did release "A Guide to PLAN: Mattapan's Transportation Planning and Development Review Process" which is linked below.
A Guide to PLAN: Mattapan's Transportation Planning and Development Review Process
Una Guía del Proceso de Evaluación del Desarrollo y Planificación del Transporte del PLAN: Mattapan
Yon gid pou PLAN: Planifikasyon Transpòtasyon Mattapan ak Pwosesis Revizyon Devlopman
Height & Use: A Corridors Activity | September 23, 2020
This PLAN: Mattapan workshop was a continuation of the August 5 meeting where the planning team discussed new densities along Mattapan's corridors. At this meeting the planning team and community discussed, in small groups, existing building heights, allowable zoning, and potential future heights along the corridors. The small group activity and feedback will help further the development of urban design guidelines and zoning for Mattapan’s corridors.
Presentation | Q&A From the August Meeting | Feedback | Meeting Recording
Presentacion | Pregunta y Respuesta de la Reunion Anterior | Comentarios | Grabación de reuniones (inglés)
Prezantasyon | Kesyon ak repons nan reyinyon anvan an | Fidbak | Reyinyon anrejistreman (angle)
Revisiting the Future of Mattapan's Corridors | August 5, 2020
This PLAN: Mattapan workshop shared our findings from and expanded on our February “The Future of Mattapan’s Corridors” workshop. At the February workshop, we explored the relationship between development and community assets along Mattapan’s corridors. At this meeting we discussed what we’ve learned and asked attendees where the solutions they provided earlier would fit best in Mattapan.
Virtual Chat with a Planner | June 3, 2020
The BPDA is beginning to explore digital engagement, and in an effort to better understand how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the neighborhood, the PLAN: Mattapan would like to hosted a Virtual Chat with a Planner. The conversation included brief updates from the city planning team followed by questions and comments from attendees. If you have questions about the event or what was discussed please contact Kenya Beaman. If you would like to review the presentation from the evening you can find it here. As with all of our Chat with a Planner sessions, no new content was issued and no decisions were made.
In addition to hosting a Chat with a Planner, the PLAN: Mattapan team is inviting community members to participate in a survey focused on how COVID-19 has impacted the way you interact with the neighborhood. Results of this survey will be shared with the community and be used to help the City’s planning team on assessing how the public health crisis will impact our work. The survey is linked below and is translated in Haitian Creole and Spanish. Please complete this survey by June 30, 2020.
To complete the survey in English, use this link
Pou konplete sondaj la an kreyòl ayisyen, tanpri itilize lyen sa a
Para completar la encuesta en español, use este enlace
The Future of Mattapan's Corridors | February 26, 2020
Mayor Walsh joined the community and city planning team in Mattapan for the beginning of this meeting. The city planning team also shared information regarding Mattapan's Zoning (Article 60) and the Article 80 Development Review process. The community worked with the city planning team to explore how the values that were outlined together in the last year of process would present themselves along corridors in Mattapan. The main takeaway from this meeting was how development and community assets are interrelated.
Agenda | Presentation | Toolkit | Activity | Feedback
Agenda | Presentación | Guía | Actividad | Comentarios
Pwogramasyon | Prezantasyon | Gid | Aktivite | Fidbak
Deep Dive Session: Mattapan's Existing Housing Conditions, Programs, and Policies | January 22, 2020
The PLAN: Mattapan team shared information about housing in your neighborhood and what City of Boston programs and policies exist to support new housing. Together the planning team and attendees explored Mattapan’s housing stock in greater detail as a way to better understand how and where the neighborhood can grow in a predictable manner. The planning team shared recent housing data and how it informs the planning process. All of the materials from the meeting are linked below.
Housing Data Toolkit | Boston Housing Toolkit | Household Type Cards | Presentation | Feedback
Kit de herramientas de datos de vivienda | Kit de herramientas de vivienda de Boston | Tarjetas de tipo de hogar | Presentación | Comentarios
Lojman Done Zouti | Twous zouti lojman Boston | Kat Kay Kalite | Prezantasyon | Fidbak
The BPDA hosted the Open House Kick-Off for PLAN: Mattapan at the Mildred Ave Community Center in October 2018. Along with nearly 60 community members, this public meeting marked the beginning of creating a long term (10–20 year) plan and vision for Mattapan. Over the course of the next year, these conversations continued between the BPDA and engaged Mattapan residents, at nearly 10 public meetings. Two very important parts of the PLAN were determined from these meetings. First was the identification of 5 main themes that were determined to be worth studying in more detail: Jobs & Businesses, Open Space & Climate Resilience, Neighborhood Identity, Housing, and Mobility. The other important result of these conversations with the community was the creation of a vision statement to guide PLAN: Mattapan.
Since then, these conversations have continued as we dive deeper into studying the main themes identified, establish goals that support the vision statement, and create strategies to achieve these goals. Please join us and stay connected to the PLAN. Ultimately, PLAN: Mattapan will be a flexible working plan, which holds the community’s values at its forefront and presents adaptable strategies of implementation for Mattapan’s future.
Click the meeting title below for more information and for all associated meeting materials.