The Upham’s Corner Implementation process will build on goals established by the community and outlined in both Imagine Boston 2030 and the Upham’s Corner Station Area Plan of the Fairmount Indigo Planning Initiative. The Implementation process will focus on putting those plans into effect by developing strategic parcels in the neighborhood. Other planning initiatives whose principles will inform this process include Go Boston 2030 and Boston Creates.
The Community Vision from the Upham’s Corner Station Area Plan states specifically that Upham's Corner should be defined as "a revitalized commercial, cultural and community center that is a celebration of diversity and an arts and cultural anchor of the Fairmount Indigo Corridor." Imagine Boston 2030 identified several key actions which would promote that vision including:
- Policies and strategic land acquisition and development to ensure affordable housing and commercial space
- City-catalyzed investments and policies to promote dense walkable area around transit stops
- Improved connections, frequency, and user experience on the Fairmount/Indigo Line
- Support of local businesses, artists, and entrepreneurs
- Foster the creation of an arts innovation district with artist housing and resources
- Improved Upham's Corner Branch library spaces
- Investments in Columbia Road as a green and active corridor
On Wednesday, October 4th, community members joined City of Boston staff, the Boston Planning & Development Agency, and the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative for an Open House event at The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center. Opening remarks given by Chief of Economic Development at the City of Boston, John Barros, and Director of Sustainable Economic Development at the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, Harry Smith, summarized the Implementation process.
The event focused on:
Presentation materials can be found in PDF format in the Documents section at the bottom of this page.