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BPDA will kick-off community process for PLAN: Newmarket, The 21st Century Economy Initiative with two open house meetings

Jun 21, 2019

On June 26 and June 27, the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) will host public meetings on the upcoming planning initiative, titled PLAN: Newmarket, The 21st Century Economy Initiative. These meetings will formally begin the community engagement process, the first of many opportunities for local stakeholders to meet with BPDA staff and discuss the future vision of the area.

“The BPDA and Mayor Walsh are looking at the future of Boston holistically by coordinating planning initiatives across the city that take into account the future of housing, jobs, transit and more,” said Brian Golden, Director of the Boston Planning & Development Agency. “We are excited to continue this planning with PLAN: Newmarket, an area that has served as an industrial and economic hub. We encourage the public to be active participants in this process by attending meetings, speaking with BPDA and City of Boston staff and providing feedback.”

The open-house style meetings will take place on Wednesday, June 26 from 8:00 - 9:30 AM at the Pipefitters United Association of Boston (40 Enterprise Street) and on Thursday, June 27 from 6:00 - 7:30 PM at La Alianza Hispana (1000 Massachusetts Avenue). The same content will be presented at both meetings, and all materials will be made available on the BPDA website.

PLAN: Newmarket, The 21st Century Economy Initiative was first identified in Imagine Boston 2030, Boston’s first citywide plan in 50 years aimed at guiding inclusive growth. This comprehensive plan highlights Newmarket, located on the Fairmount line, as a place for potential preservation of critical industrial uses, increasing job density and strengthening connections to Downtown and adjacent neighborhoods.

The initiative will work closely with local stakeholders to develop a vision for the area as a jobs center for the 21st Century economy. With land use as its primary focus, the initiative will also consider public realm, mobility, arts and culture, climate resilience, public health, and open space contributions to a successful future jobs center.
“We are looking forward to working closely with the BPDA on this initiative,” said Sue Sullivan, Executive Director of the Newmarket Business Association. “Newmarket has historically been Boston's industrial job engine and it will be incredibly exciting to plan the expansion of this job base to include new commercial, transit-oriented, and innovative industrial businesses that will employ local residents.”

Guided by Imagine Boston 2030, and in response to population growth and the development pressure many neighborhoods are facing, the BPDA has planning studies underway across the City. Through the principles of "preserve, enhance, and grow," the planning studies work with each community to create a comprehensive vision for the areas and guide future growth and investment that is equitable for all.

PLAN: Newmarket builds on the comprehensive community planning that has taken place under the Walsh Administration. Planning guidelines have been passed for PLAN: JP/Rox and PLAN: South Boston Dorchester Avenue, and efforts are ongoing in Dudley Square, Glover’s Corner, Upham’s Corner, Downtown, East Boston, Mattapan, a mobility-focused planning initiatives in Allston-Brighton and the Seaport.

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