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Final Community Wide Meeting for Brighton/Guest St Planning Study on 2/9

Feb 02, 2012

The final community wide meeting to review the draft proposal of the Brighton/Guest Street Study Area Plan is Thursday, February 09, 2012, from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm at Brighton Marine Health Center at 77 Warren Street in Brighton. The Guest Street Study Area is one of the last mixed industrial areas in Brighton with an uncertain future. The goal of the planning study is to proactively work with the community to determine the future character and function of the district. The draft plan recommendations for the study area include: • “Place making”:
  • It is imperative for the BRA, City and development interests to use streets and open space and good building design to create a greater sense of place identity for the Arthur Street and Guest Street intersection and along Guest Street to Market Street. We recommend focus on open spaces and streetscapes when working with development interests to create a “place” for the success of street-oriented retail.
• Residential Neighborhood Adjacent to Allston Village:
  • We encourage development of a mix of residential types near Cambridge Street. In this area, there are a number of smaller light manufacturing buildings which could be redeveloped or demolished for new construction. This residential use would benefit from and help support the retail uses in Allston Village.
• Defining the Retail Relationship Between Guest Street & Allston Village:
  • It is important that Allston Village, Brighton Village, Guest and Arthur Street have distinct retail purposes so that they support one another and draw users to the larger area rather than compete. Guest Street is likely to be destination retail and Allston Village is likely to be retail targeted at the existing and potential future residential neighborhood.
The Community Process Mayor Thomas M. Menino appointed a 13-member Advisory Group (AG) for the Brighton/Guest Street Planning Study made up of business owners, residents, and activists. The AG played a key role in assisting the BRA and Sasaki Associates with public participation and community input throughout the planning process. The first AG working session was held in late July 2011 to review an analysis of the study area. Subsequent meetings were held in September, October, and November to review and provide input on work-in-progress. A presentation of the preferred plan and report highlights was given in mid-January 2012 followed by a report work session at the end of the month and a final presentation on February 9, 2012.

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