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Downtown Waterfront Public Realm Plan Open for Public Comment

Apr 22, 2014

The BRA has issued a draft Downtown Waterfront Public Realm and Watersheet Activation Plan for public review and comment.  
The document includes an array of waterfront activation, programming and public amenity concepts for the section of Boston's waterfront extending from Long Wharf to The Hook Lobster Property. Ideas for the plan were raised during several well-attended public workshops held over the last year.

The Public Realm and Watersheet Activation plan will assist in the development of a more extensive Municipal Harbor Plan for the Downtown Waterfront, expected to be completed by the end of 2014. The Municipal Harbor Plan will address how new development within the planning area will promote the City's objectives for its waterfront and the goals of the State's public tidelands regulations.

The Downtown Waterfront Public Realm and Watersheet Activation Plan plan offers a five-part vision for the waterfront:
  • A waterfront district accessible to all by bike, transit, foot, and boat.
  • Clearly defined connections to the Greenway, the harbor, Quincy Market, the North End, the Financial District, and the Innovation District.
  • A district and watersheet that are resilient to climate change, designed and built to withstand inundation and storm surges.
  • Four-season destinations and programming that are welcoming to Bostonians and visitors of all ages and support the growing residential community.
  • A district and watersheet that is flexible and can accommodate innovative uses in the future, and supports equally the residential, business, and visitor communities.
The MHP Advisory Committee will discuss the plan at the April 23rd meeting at Atlantic Wharf, 290 Congress Street, from 3:00 to 5:00 PM. Public comments can be submitted by emailing Chris Busch, BRA Senior Waterfront Planner, by May 2, 2014.


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