PLAN: Nubian Square

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PLAN: Nubian Square Crescent Urban Design Guidelines

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 | 6:00 PM - 7:45 PM

Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) has postponed all in-person BPDA-held public meetings regarding Article 80 development projects and planning initiatives. For more information on BPDA's COVID-19 response please click here.

Please join members of the PLAN: Nubian Square team to discuss design guideline updates to the Crescent Parcel Request for Proposal (RFP). During this workshop we will specifically review circulation, landscaping, and other contextual developments that may affect the site.

Join us via the web or by telephone on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 from 6:00 PM–7:45 PM.

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Blair Lot:
RFP| Nubian Ascends Development Submission| Nubian Ascends Design SubmissionNubian Ascends PresentationNubian Ascends Presentación| Nubian Ascends PrezantasyonRecording and Chat

Nawn Factory:
RFP| Historic Boston Incorporated| art @ the Nawn FactoryPresentationPresentaciónPrezantasyonDeveloper Presentation Recording

Parcel 8:
RFP| New Urban Collaborative Development Submission| New Urban Collaborative Design Submission| NUBA Development Submission| NUBA Design Submission| NuGateway Development Submission| NuGateway Design Submission

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

November 16th, 2020: Chat with a Planner
PresentationPresentación (Español) | Prezantasyon (Kreyòl Ayisyen)| Recording 

October 7, 2020: Crescent Urban Design Guidelines
Presentation Presentación (Español) | Prezantasyon (Kreyòl Ayisyen)| Handout| Folleto| Feyè| Recording and Chat (English and Spanish)| Transcription of the Q&A
Note: The original recording of this meeting captured the Spanish interpreter audio, and the Haitian Creole slides. For clarity we re-recorded or presentation in English and have transcribed the Question and Answer Portion of the meeting to the best of our ability.

July 27, 2020: Virtual Chat with a Planner
Presentation | Presentación (Español) | Prezantasyon (Kreyòl Ayisyen) | Questions from Meeting | Survey - English, Español, Kreyòl Ayisyen

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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