PLAN: Newmarket, The 21st Century Economy Initiative

PLAN Newmarket, The 21st Century Economy Initiative will look at the needs of an industrial neighborhood in the City of Boston. The Initiative will work closely with the community to develop a vision for the area that incorporates a strategy for job retention and growth. Identified by Imagine Boston 2030 as one of the expanded neighborhoods, focuses will include land use, jobs, climate resilience, transportation, and public realm.

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: Newmarket, The 21st Century Economy Initiative. The PLAN will provide recommendations for updated zoning for the Newmarket neighborhood. This initiative will assess existing neighborhood conditions and propose viable recommendations that will address community concerns and issues, exploring themes outlined in Imagine Boston 2030 in detail. The rezoning of the neighborhood will follow the planning phase that the BPDA facilitates. Nominations for the AG were publicly solicited in the Summer of 2019. Members were appointed by Mayor Martin J. Walsh in January 2021 and will serve for the duration of the planning process.

Advisory Group Members

Bob Biggo, Boston Medical Center
Chimel Idiokitas, B.U. School of Medicine
Desmond Murphy, Worcester Square Area Neighborhood Association
Dianne Wilkerson, Former Massachusetts Senator
Nicole Bowdon, Eversource
Jim Vaughan, Plumbers
John Smith, Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative
Jonathan Garland, J. Garland Enterprise
Manny Frangiadakis, Costas Provisions/Twelve Points Wealth Management
Margarita Polanco, Suffolk Construction
Mary Tarpy, Boston Cab Dispatch
Marynee Pontes, Initiative for a Competitive Inner City
Matt McArthur, The Record Company
Michael Feldman, Feldman Surveyors Inc.
Michael Hunter, Trinity Financial
Michael Rothschild, Abbott Realty LLC
Pattie McCormack, Andrew Square Civic Association
Paxton Sheldahl, BOS/UA
Robert Lewis Jr., The Base
Sarah Porter, Victory Programs Inc.
Saritin Rizzuto, Metro Credit Union
Sheldon Lloyd, City Fresh Foods
Sue Sullivan, Newmarket Business Association
Travis Anderson, Placetailor, Design Director
Vijay Sehli, McDonald's at 870 Massachusetts Avenue
Carol Tienken, The Greater Boston Food Bank
Will Willis, Bully Boy Distillers
Yaz Ortiz, Newmarket Business Association
Kevin Deabler, Rode Architects

Ex-Offico Members

State Representative Elizabeth Miranda
City Councilor President Kim Janey
City Councilor Frank Baker
City Councilor Michelle Wu
City Councilor Annissa Essaibi-George
City Councilor Andrea Campbell
City Councilor Julia Mejia
Yolanda Smith, Suffolk County House of Corrections
Roger Mann, Senior Director of Real Estate at the MBTA

Advisory Group Meetings

PLAN: Newmarket Advisory Group Meeting 4

Monday, September 13, 2021 | 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM


PLAN: Newmarket Advisory Group Meeting 3

Wednesday, June 30, 2021 | 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM


PLAN: Newmarket Advisory Group Meeting 2

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 | 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

View meeting recording | View meeting presentation


PLAN: Newmarket Advisory Group Meeting 1

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 | 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

View meeting recording | View meeting presentation

Upcoming Community Engagement

Design Lab

Wednesday, Septmember 29, 2021 | 4:00 PM–8:00 PM

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Previous Engagement

Defining 21st Century Industry Virtual Workshop

Wednesday, June 16, 2021 | 6:00 PM–8:00 PM

The Workshop focused on defining 21st Century Industry uses and jobs in Newmarket.

View meeting presentation


Virtual Chat with a Planner: The future of employment and jobs in Newmarket

Thursday, January 28, 2020 | 5:00 PM–7:00 PM

Members of the planning team were joined by:

  • Michael Feldman, President & CEO, Feldman Surveyors
  • Robert Lewis, Jr., Founder & President, The Base

View meeting video recording | View meeting chat transcript


Virtual Chat with a Planner: Existing Conditions

Wednesday, July 1, 2020 | 2:30 PM–3:30 PM

  • A background on how Newmarket came to be
  • Newmarket today

Virtual Chat with a Planner

Planning in Newmarket

Friday, June 5, 2020 | 2:30 PM–3:30 PM

  • What does Community Engagement look like in a time when we can’t gather?
  • Synopsis on Imagine Boston 2030 and why Newmarket was identified as a study area

Chat with a Planner

Thursday, February 20, 2020, Dorchester Brewing Company

Tuesday, February 11, 2020, The Phoenix Gym

Wednesday, October 23, 2019, Bully Boy Distillers

Wednesday, November 13, 2019, Bully Boy Distillers

Open House | June 26 & 27, 2019 | At this Kick-off to PLAN: Newmarket, members of the public were invited to learn about the upcoming process. Informational boards were presented on various topics and participants were asked to give feedback on how they know the area.

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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 PLAN: Newmarket | The 21st Century Economy Initiative team.

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