Roxbury Strategic Master Plan

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The following 2020 RSMPOC meetings will take place on, September 14th, October  5th, and November 2nd. For more information follow the links for each scheduled meeting, or refer to the calendar invite for that specific event, located to the right of the page. 

Summary and Goals 

The Roxbury Strategic Master Plan, is a strategic planning agenda that will provide a framework to guide change and economic growth for the next ten to twenty years in Roxbury. The plan seeks to provide a high quality physical environment that is attractive, safe, and convenient for residents and visitors. It is a plan that values education and job readiness at all levels and that gives residents choices in how they participate in the civic, cultural, and economic life of the community. The plan encourages businesses that are environmentally sensitive to public health, conserve resources, and put the concept of environmental justice into practice.

The theme that emerged from the public process is the commitment to build upon the area’s many assets to develop a strong and united Roxbury at “the Heart of the City.” Roxbury is poised to enhance the quality of life of its residents by sharing in the educational, cultural, natural resources and infrastructure of the City, and connecting to the economic success of the metropolitan Boston area.

The Strategic Master Plan will provide structure and guidance to current and future development efforts in this neighborhood. It includes achievable standards and specific short- and long-term implementation strategies which will facilitate the development of thriving commercial centers, provide for a wide variety of housing types, foster continued diversity in its resident population, support an efficient and effective transportation network resulting in an affordable and decent quality of life.

The specific details of the plan have been shaped in a series of focus group meetings, Community Working Group meetings and neighborhood-wide public workshops attended by residents, representatives from community organizations, area institutions, city agencies, and elected officials. The plan reflects a synthesis and prioritization of issues, objectives and strategies expressed by the participants of the workshops combined with the analysis of existing conditions and trends affecting the region and the neighborhood.

Read the Roxbury Strategic Master Plan Here

The Roxbury Strategic Master Plan Oversight Committee meets every 1st Monday of the month. For more information, please see the documents below and for meeting recaps and updates, please go to the Past Public Meetings section below.

Join, Engage and Take Action

JoinJoin the Roxbury Strategic Master Plan Oversight Committee, and/or a Project Review Committee (PRC)
To take a more active role in the overseeing of public parcel disposition in the Nubian Square area, please consider joining the RSMPOC or a PRC.

RSMPOC Nomination Form
RSMPOC members are charged with advising the implementation of the Roxbury Strategic Master Plan and PLAN: Nubian Square initiatives by providing a holistic view on issues including economic development, workforce opportunities, and housing. At this time the nominations for the RSMPOC are closed. Please check back for further updates.

PRC Nomination Form
PRC members are tasked with evaluating the development submissions solicited from the request for proposals of publicly-owned parcels within Nubian Square.
At this time nominations for PLAN: Nubian Square parcels are closed but will reopen in the future for Crescent Parcel, P3, and Malcolm X Parcel. Please check back for further updates.

Engage: Attend public meetings. Ask questions. Invite neighbors, Roxbury civic groups and organizations, businesses, abutters or other community affiliates to public meetings
Meetings typically include updates from developers and BPDA staff. During these meetings the RSMPOC and community members have the opportunity to ask questions and provide comments on upcoming development. To learn more about the rules and format of these meetings please read the Rules of Engagement

Take ActionReview and comment on projects, developments, and the planning initiatives. 
Materials for the parcels overseen by the RSMPOC can be found in the Projects Under Review section below

Roxbury Strategic Master Plan Committee Members

Catherine Hardaway
Charlotte Nelson
Dorothea Jones
Frank Williams
Frederick Fairfield
Lorraine Payne Wheeler
Marisa Luse
Nefertiti Lawrence
Norman Stembridge
Steven Godfrey
Sue Sullivan
True-See Allah
Valeda Britton

Ex-Officio Members
State Senator Sonia ChangDiaz
State Representative Liz Miranda
State Representative Chyna Tyler
City Councilor Kim Janey

Projects Under Review


Blair Lot:
RFP| ID8 Development SubmissionID8 Design SubmissionNubian Ascends Development SubmissionNubian Ascends Design Submission

Nawn Factory:
RFPHistoric Boston Incorporatedart @ the Nawn Factory

Parcel 8:
RFPNew Urban Collaborative Development SubmissionNew Urban Collaborative Design SubmissionNUBA Development SubmissionNUBA Design SubmissionNuGateway Development SubmissionNuGateway Design Submission

Malcolm X:
Draft RFP|

Draft RFP|

Projects Under Development

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

Other 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. 

Past Public Meetings

2020 Meetings

September 14th:
Agenda| Agenda (Español)| Ajanda| Presentation| Presentación| Prezantasyon | Recording (Comments only)

February 3rd:
Agenda | Presentation | P3 Timeline | Notes

2019 Meetings

November 4th
Agenda| Presentation| Notes

October 7th
Agenda| Presentation| Notes 

September 9th:
Agenda| Presentation| Notes

July 1st:
Presentation| Notes

June 3rd:

May 6th:
Agenda| Presentation| Notes

April 1st:
Agenda| Presentation| Notes

Jan 7th:
Agenda| Presentation| Notes

Documents All Documents »

20200302_RSMPOC_Presentation PDF, 1.4MB
20200302_RSMPOC Final Agenda PDF, 207KB

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 Roxbury Strategic Master Plan team.

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