Upham's Corner Implementation

Development Without Displacement

Community Vision

Upham’s Corner Arts and Innovation District

Working Advisory Group

Resources

Community Engagement


Summary

The Upham’s Corner Implementation process builds on goals established by the community, outlined in both Imagine Boston 2030 and the Upham’s Corner Station Area Plan of the Fairmount Indigo Planning Initiative. The Implementation process focuses on putting those plans into effect by developing strategic parcels in the neighborhood. The process will produce an RFP to solicit development services to deliver affordable housing, affordable commercial space, a branch public library, and an operator for the Strand Theatre. This effort is guided by a unique partnership between the City of Boston, the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA), the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI), and the Upham’s Corner community.

Development Without Displacement

This unique partnership is fully committed to working closely with community partners to promote economic development without displacement. Strategic public investment in the creation of affordable housing and affordable commercial space along the Fairmount Indigo corridor is intended to preempt gentrification typified by private speculation attracted by public investment in transportation.

A map of the parcels to be included in the RFP can be found in PDF format here.

Community Vision

Upham’s Corner is a revitalized commercial, cultural and community center that is a celebration of diversity and an arts and cultural anchor of the Fairmount Indigo Corridor.

Having consistently identified Upham’s Corner as an arts and culture destination, previous planning initiatives laid important groundwork for the concept of establishing a neighborhood Arts and Innovation District in Upham’s Corner.

Upham’s Corner Arts and Innovation District

The Upham’s Corner Arts and Innovation District is based on the belief that sustainable opportunities for local residents and businesses will be created by empowering the significant entrepreneurial talent that exists in the neighborhood. Upham’s Corner is a hub of creative activity enabled, in part, by the physical assets that exist in close proximity to each other, including the historic Strand Theatre, the Upham’s Corner Branch Library, and the small businesses supported by Upham’s Corner Main Streets. Together, we envision an Arts and Innovation District where:

  • Economic development is anchored by cultural uses that are enhanced and expanded to provide local residents, entrepreneurs, small businesses, and artists with the housing, venues, public amenities, and resources needed to collaborate and thrive;
  • Investments, both public and private, are made strategically in response to the robust planning efforts that have led to the designation of this District, and support the ethnic and economic diversity of the community; and,
  • Committed, collaborative partnerships come together to engage in creative problem-solving for the future of the neighborhood.

Recognizing that entrepreneurship and innovation come in many forms, the Upham’s Corner Arts and Innovation District will be designed as a hub of creativity to bolster collaboration among local residents, entrepreneurs, and business-owners.

Working Advisory Group

This document builds on earlier community-oriented planning processes and is a reflection of ideas and priorities expressed by the community members participating in a robust public outreach process, and is guided by a community-based advisory group. The Working Advisory Group (WAG), is a City-appointed advisory group for this process and includes residents, business owners, advocates and other community leaders who have been meeting regularly throughout the process to help shape the content of public meetings and review community feedback. Several members of the WAG participated in previous planning initiatives and offered continuity to the process, connecting planning with implementation.

Resources

The implementation process was informed by the work of several planning initiatives.

Community Engagement

Open House | October 4, 2017

This event helped orient community members to previous planning initiatives and the intent for the implementation process to follow. Opening remarks given by Chief of Economic Development at the City of Boston, John Barros, and Harry Smith, Director of Sustainable Economic Development at the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative.

The event focused on:

Presentation materials can be found in PDF format here.

A Library, A Theatre And More | November 2, 2017

This event asked community members to consider what makes the library in Upham’s Corner special or unique. Opening remarks given by Harry Smith, Director of Sustainable Development at Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, and David Leonard, President of Boston Public Library.

The event focused on:

  • Identifying specific uses, programs, and amenities imagined for the area.
  • The current and future relationship between the public library and Strand Theatre as anchors in the area.

Presentation materials can be found in PDF format here.

Strand Theatre: Past, Present And Future | November 30, 2017

This event celebrated the history of the Strand and Upham’s corner while considering possible futures. Opening remarks given by Chief of Economic Development at the City of Boston, John Barros, and Chief of Arts and Culture, Julie Barros.

The event focused on:

  • Celebrating Strand Theatre’s success and long history.
  • Identifying our Hopes, Fears and Questions about the future of Strand Theatre and its impact on the community.

Presentation materials can be found in PDF format here.

What We Heard & What We Learned | January 17, 2018

On Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 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 Cape Verdean Adult Day Health Center. Opening remarks given by John Barros, Chief of Economic Development at the City of Boston, Julie Burros, Chief of Arts and Culture at the City of Boston, and Priscilla Foley, Director of Neighborhood Services at the Boston Public Library.

The event focused on:

  • Reflecting on the Hopes, Fears and Questions from the November 30, 2018 meeting.
  • Exploring three possible scenarios for the public library and Strand Theatre developed from previous conversations.

Presentation materials can be found in PDF format here.

Community Workshop | April 4, 2018

Community Workshop | May 16, 2018

Community Workshop | June 28, 2018

Community Workshop | November 28, 2018

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