PLAN: East Boston

PLAN: East Boston will be hosting a third Listening Session event to accompany the recent release of recommendations for the Squares and Corridors chapter of East Boston Tomorrow, a community-driven neighborhood-wide planning initiative led by the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA). Please join us to share your thoughts and input on the recommendations for Orient Heights Square, Suffolk Downs Square, and Bennington Street.

Listening Session - Orient Heights Square, Suffolk Downs Square, Bennington Street
Thursday, July 22, 2021 at 6:30 PM

Register in advance

You can review the recommendations by visiting bit.ly/PLANEBsquaresdraft. If you were unable to attend any of the Listening Sessions and would like to share your thoughts and input, or if you would like to learn more about the planning initiative in general, please email [email protected].

On Thursday, May 20, 2021, the BPDA hosted a Squares and Corridors virtual workshop. Learn more and view the meeting presentation and recording.

View the Draft Recommendations for Squares and Corridors - English

View the Draft Recommendations for Squares and Corridors - Spanish

Share your general comments about PLAN: East Boston or ask a question

PLAN: East Boston offers the opportunity to imagine the future of an entire neighborhood, and respond boldly to the challenges it faces today. Guided by Imagine Boston 2030 and several city-wide strategic plans, PLAN: East Boston will produce a framework to predictably shape the future of East Boston, and identify opportunities to preserve, enhance, and grow.

PLAN: East Boston is a neighborhood planning initiative. Organized by the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) in partnership with several City agencies, PLAN: East Boston relies on the participation of the East Boston community to be both meaningful and sustainable.

To learn more about neighborhood planning including who participates and why it’s important to get involved, please watch this short video!

BPDA 101 For PLAN: East Boston (English)

BPDA 101 por PLAN: East Boston (Español)

Following 2 years of engagement with the East Boston community, the BPDA has prepared draft recommendations for public review. Recommendations are organized by character area and are focused on

  • update neighborhood zoning and establish neighborhood design guidelines,
  • and propose new capital improvements to public space including near- and long-term improvements to the neighborhood’s transportation network.

Additional Information

Community Engagement

Community engagement launched in September 2018 and has three major phases.

Establishing Existing Conditions

The first 18 months of the initiative focused on establishing existing conditions, using publicly-available data and deep local knowledge to document the neighborhood as it exists today.

East Boston Today - English
East Boston Hoy - Español

Community engagement during this phase was organized around high-level planning themes across the geography of the entire neighborhood.

Identifying Challenges and Opportunities

Community engagement during this phase introduced the concept of neighborhood character areas. Character areas are types of places in the neighborhood. Buildings, streets, and public spaces within a given character area share similar uses and physical features. East Boston can be thought of as having three distinct character areas. This phase of the planning initiative focused on identifying the unique challenges and opportunities present in each character area.

Imagining the Future

Citywide strategic plans help set high-level planning goals for the future of the neighborhood. PLAN: East Boston is guided by five goals:

  • Housing - Expand access to housing options that are affordable, stable, and able to meet households needs as they change over time.
  • Climate and Environment - Advance climate preparedness and promote a healthy environment.
  • Transportation - Ensure access to travel choices that connect all parts of the neighborhood to all parts of the city both safely and reliably.
  • Jobs and Economy - Support neighborhood economies that meet the needs of local communities as well as regional industries.
  • Urban Form - Guide neighborhood growth that is predictable and contextual and contributes to a public realm that is active and connected.

This phase of the planning initiative will focus on developing the specific strategies and actions for achieving these goals. This phase of the planning initiative will use feedback collected to date to inform:

  • Draft zoning and design guideline recommendations
  • Draft public realm improvements including streets, sidewalks, plazas and open space.

Character Areas

Character areas are types of places in the neighborhood. Buildings, streets, and public spaces within a given character area share similar uses and physical features. East Boston can be thought of as having three distinct character areas. While high-level planning goals are shared across all three character areas, specific strategies and actions are tailored to each.

View a map of Neighborhood Character Areas

  • Neighborhood Residential Areas (coming soon)
  • Squares and Corridors
  • Waterfront and Evolving Industrial (coming soon)

Planning Efforts related to PLAN: East Boston

PLAN: East Boston Advisory Group

The Advisory Group is composed of twenty members of the East Boston community and six ex-officio members. Members of the committee were nominated by the community and appointed by Mayor Martin J. Walsh. The group is charged with guiding the overall planning initiative, including both the process and its outcomes. PLAN: East Boston would not be possible without the generous contribution of time and insight by these participants.

Advisory Group Members

Name Affiliation(s)

Debra Cave

Eagle Hill Civic Association, President

Mary Cole

Jeffries Point Civic Association, Board Member

Friends of East Boston Greenway, Member

Ernani DeAraujo

Eagle Hill Civic Association, Member

East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, VP Regulatory Affairs

East Boston YMCA, Board Member

Frank Delmuto

Harborview Neighborhood Association, Member

Frank Delmuto Architecture, Principal Architect

Margaret Farmer

Jeffries Point Neighborhood Association, Past-President

East Boston Chamber of Commerce, Board Member

Ana Gonzalez

Consulate of El Salvador

Tanya Hahnel

Jeffries Point, Resident

Traggorth Development, Project Manager

Lisa Jacobson

Jeffries Point, Resident

Barr Foundation, Program Manager

Jim Kearney

Orient Heights, Resident

East Boston Chamber of Commerce, Vice President

Charlie LoGrasso

Eagle Hill Civic Association, Member

East Boston Museum & Historical Society, Vice Chair

Theresa Malionek

Gove Street Citizens Association, President

Nicole Olivera

Orient Heights, Resident

Community Activist

Kathy Orlando

Orient Heights, Resident

East Boston Girls Softball, President

Sulprizio Real Estate, Realtor

Sarah Plowman

Orient Heights Civic Association, Secretary

City of Boston, Office of Emergency Management, Regional Planner

Angel Rodriguez

Maverick Central Neighborhood, Resident

Commonwealth Of Massachusetts, House of Representatives, Chief of Staff to House Committee on Public Service, Jerald Parisella

Casey Silvia

Jeffries Point, Resident

Commonwealth Of Massachusetts, Assistant District Attorney

Kannan Thiruvengadam

Jeffries Point, Resident

Eastie Farm, Founder

Friends of East Boston Greenway, Member

Thomson Vou

Maverick Central Neighborhood Association, Treasurer

Boston Water and Sewer Commission, IT Project Manager

John Walkey

Greenroots, Waterfront Initiative Coordinator

Eagle Hill, Resident

Luz Zambrano

Jeffries Point, Resident

Center to Support Immigrant Organizing, Co-Director

Ex-officio Advisory Group Members

Name

State Senator Joe Boncore

State Representative Adrian Madaro

District City Councilor Lydia Edwards

At-Large City Councilor Michael Flaherty

At-Large City Councilor Annissa Essaibi George

At-Large City Councilor Michelle Wu

At-Large City Councilor (Vacant)

Documents All Documents »

PLAN: East Boston Data Packet PDF, 2.8MB
4/29/2019

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 PLAN: East Boston team.

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