PLAN: Nubian Square

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Effective Tuesday, April 7, City Hall will reduce the days of operation that it is open to the public to only Tuesdays and Fridays from 9 AM to 5 PM. For BPDA related business or questions, the public is encouraged to reach out by phone at 617.722.4300 or through our website:

Please visit the City of Boston's coronavirus website for the latest guidance and updates on Covid-19:

Following guidance issued by Mayor Walsh recommending the postponement or cancellation of public meetings with 25 people or more, the BPDA is postponing all BPDA-hosted public meetings regarding Article 80 development projects and planning studies until further notice. While projects will continue to be reviewed internally by BPDA staff, the public review process for both Article 80 development projects and the BPDA's planning studies is on hold until public meetings can be resumed.

At this time, this excludes monthly BPDA Board Meetings, Boston Zoning Commission meetings, and Boston Civic Design Commission (BCDC) Monthly Commission meetings due to regulatory and statutory requirements. Extra precautions will be taken during these meetings to encourage social distancing. Only projects that have previously completed their public process or items that do not require a public process would be eligible to be brought to the Board.

On December 19, 2019, the Public Improvement Commission approved the name change of Roxbury’s Dudley Square to Nubian Square after a public hearing. Moving forward, the BPDA will refer to PLAN: Dudley Square as PLAN: Nubian Square, formerly known as PLAN: Dudley Square.


In the last workshop, which was held on February 24th, we discussed the draft Request for Proposals for Crescent Parcel and draft Request for Proposal for  Malcolm X Parcel. The planning team is used this information to encourage development that best reflects community values.

The following workshop, which was planned to be held March 23rd, would have highlighted the changes made to both draft RFPs that were made in light of feedback from the Feb. 24th meeting, and presented an updated draft Crescent RFP and updated draft Malcolm X RFP . THIS MEETING HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. All meeting materials will be posted online in the meantime; individual links to the materials, like the materials can be found in the Past Public Workshop section below.  

Blair Lot:
RFP| ID8 Development Submission| ID8 Design Submission| Nubian Ascends Development Submission| Nubian Ascends Design Submission

Nawn Factory:

Malcolm X:
Draft RFP|

Draft RFP|

Development Projects:

Madison Tropical Parcel 10:
Upcoming meeting: TBD

Bartlett Place - Lot DLot F2Lot F4Phase 3
Upcoming meeting: TBD

135 Dudley
Upcoming meeting: TBD

2147 Washington
Upcoming meeting: TBD

All Roxbury development project updates can be found by searching the Development Review page. Click the name of the project to get an overview of the proposal and where it is in the BPDA planning process. 

Summary & Goals

At the heart of the city and home to the region’s busiest bus station, Nubian Square is a prime corridor for job creation, commerce, and transit-oriented development. PLAN: Nubian Square will revisit the visions presented in both the Roxbury Strategic Master Plan and Dudley Vision to evaluate if they still align with current community goals. Using these past plans as a framework, PLAN: Nubian Square will offer the City and community the opportunity to think strategically about the types of uses, public realm, and scale of development that are best suited for the future of the area.

This planning effort will create a road map for a streamlined implementation plan for publicly-owned (City/BRA/State) and vacant privately-owned parcels. From this Nubian Square focus, we will work with the community to further expand the discussion to the Roxbury neighborhood at large.

Through open dialogue and community involvement, this study will be used to develop an implementation plan to mobilize development on publicly-owned parcels.

On July 11, the BPDA Board voted to approve the PLAN: Dudley Square Process Overview and Guidelines for Development document. It is available for review here

Past Public Workshops

March 23, 2020: Crescent Parcel and Malcolm X Parcel – Final Draft RFP Discussion and Review 
Presentation| Presentación (Español)| Prezantasyon (Kreyòl Ayisyen)| 3/23Draft Crescent RFP| 3/23 Draft Malcolm X RFP

February 24, 2020: Crescent and Malcolm X  – Draft RFP Discussion and Review
Agenda|Presentation|Boards|Comments|2/24 Draft Crescent RFP|2/24 Draft Malcolm X RFP

January 27, 2020: Campus High Urban Renewal Plan and Urban Design Guidelines for Crescent Parcel and Malcolm X & Putnam Parcels

November 18, 2019: Affordability Objectives and Requirements in PLAN: Dudley Request for Proposals
Agenda|Presentation|Comments|Affordability Handout|House Funding Example

October 21, 2019: Development Objectives and Guidelines Crescent and Malcolm X & Putnam Parcels

July 22, 2019: Nawn Factory, Parcel 8, and Blair Lot RFP Updates
Agenda|Presentation|Comments|RFP Addendum

June 17, 2019: Nawn Factory, Parcel 8, and Blair Lot RFP Discussion
Summary Sheet|Draft Nawn Factory RFP|Draft Parcel 8 RFP|Draft Blair Lot RFP

May 20, 2019:  Development Objectives and Guidelines Nawn Factory, Parcel 8, and Blair lot
Boards|Draft PLAN: Nubian Square

March 19, 2018: Draft RFP and Review Process Discussion
Presentation|Draft 40-50 Warren St. RFP|Draft Dudley Street Commercial RFP|Draft 78-81 Dudley St. RFP|Draft 2147 Washington St. RFP|Draft Dudley Street Commercial Parcel RFP

February 26, 2018: RFP Overview Workshop
Agenda|Presentation|Comments|Nubian Square RFP Summaries|Nubian Square RFP Notes

January 22, 2018: RFP Review Open House
Agenda|Presentation|Open House Boards|Comments|Draft RFP Guidelines|RFP Review Summary

November 27, 2017: Urban Design Workshop
Agenda|Presentation|Boards|Comments|Workshop Summary

October 16, 2017: Climate Readiness & Resiliency Workshop

June 19, 2017: Planning Recap Workshop
Recap|Workshop Summary| Results|

May 15, 2017: Visioning Workshop II
Agenda|Background Handout|Activity and Comments|

April 24, 2017: Economic Development Workshop & Resource Fair
Economic Development Handout|Resources Handout|Activity

March 20, 2017: Housing Creation Workshop
Housing Handout|Activity and Comments|Workshop Summary

February 27, 2017: Crafting RFP Language Workshop
Activity and Comments|Sample Development Guidelines| Workshop Summary

January 23, 2017: Community Development Conversation Workshop
Agenda|2004 Master Plan Feedback|Parcel Handout|Data Handout|Activity and Comments

November 21, 2016: Development Program Uses Workshop
Presentation|Handout|Workshop Summary

October 24, 2016: Incorporating Urban Design Principles Workshop
Presentation|Activity and Comments|Summary

September 19, 2016: Development Scenarios & Tools for Development Workshop
Presentation|Workshop Summary

Documents All Documents »

DRAFT - Blair Lot RFP Sep 2019 PDF, 1.2MB
DRAFT - Parcel 8 RFP Sep 2019 PDF, 1.2MB

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