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The Cleary Square plan will determine a public investment and growth-focused vision for the area focused on the central commercial blocks and transit assets. It is one of the first plans being developed as part of Squares + Streets, a new planning and zoning initiative that will focus on housing, public space, arts and culture, small businesses, and transportation in neighborhood centers and along main streets.

About Squares + Streets

The BPDA, in partnership with several City of Boston departments, is launching a series of Squares + Streets plans. One of the first locations is Cleary Square, a key commercial district in the Hyde Park neighborhood. The people who live, work, shop, and visit this commercial area will have the opportunity to participate in the development of the Cleary Square Plan.

To learn more about Squares + Streets as well as the other locations please see the project homepage.

Cleary Square Overview

Cleary Square is an historic commercial district approximately seven miles to the south of Boston in the northeast corner of the Hyde Park neighborhood. This area, which also includes Logan Square, retains a number of historic buildings and has a diverse retail mix of restaurants and shops. Surrounded by an abundance of historic, environmental, and cultural amenities, this includes facilities such as the Hyde Park Library. This area is serviced by the Hyde Park and Fairmont stations as part of the MBTA Commuter Rail, as well as several MBTA bus routes. 

Cleary Square has witnessed significant social and demographic shifts in recent decades and remains an important cultural and commercial center for the neighborhood, as well as having considerable opportunity for commercial and residential enhancement. For more information see the:

Cleary Square Plan 

The Cleary Square planning process will determine a public investment and growth-focused vision for the area focused on the central commercial blocks and transit assets. The planning process will:

  • Focus on housing, small businesses, public space, cultural amenities, transit assets etc. that reflect the unique needs of this area.
  • Develop Squares + Streets plans in 6–9 month timeframes.

Get Involved

Cleary Square: Squares + Streets Survey

Please take our survey - open through March 29, 2024 - to tell us more about your experience of Cleary Square and hopes for the future!

Upcoming Events

Cleary Square Open House |  Register

[In-Person: Hyde Park YMCA, 1137 River Street, Hyde Park, MA 02136]  
Sunday, February 25, 2024 | 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM

The BPDA is hosting an open house to officially kick off the 6-9 month planning and engagement process for the Squares + Streets plan for Cleary Square! This drop-in-style open house will invite members of the community to share their experiences and stories of Cleary Square with their neighbors and the planning team. There will also be an opportunity to learn more about the upcoming planning process. Drop in anytime between 10:30 AM and 1:00 PM.

Childcare, translation services in Haitian Creole and Spanish, and light refreshments will be provided for meeting attendees. Please note that on-site childcare will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis with limited capacity.

What makes Cleary Square a great place to live, work, play, shop, or visit?

Map of the Cleary Square plan area in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Boston.

Over the course of the spring and summer, staff will be available at several community events to engage with you about the Cleary Square Plan. Check out the "Stay Connected" section for engagement notifications and our calendar to check out upcoming Cleary Square Squares + Streets engagement activities.

Language Access

The BPDA and City of Boston are committed to making Squares + Streets as inclusive and open a process as possible. As part of this effort, we intend to offer interpretation and translation services at our key public meetings and engagements and ensure that key materials and updates are provided in Spanish and Haitian Creole. If you need any of these materials or information in an additional language please email [email protected].

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Share Your Thoughts

We want to hear from you! All questions, comments and ideas are welcome. Comments are received and reviewed by members of the Cleary Square - Squares + Streets team.

To submit a comment in a language besides English, please email [email protected].
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