Planning Effort Announced for Newmarket Area, Next to South End

Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced that the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA), with stakeholders from across the City, will launch planning initiatives this year in five neighborhoods, including Newmarket next to the South End.

Through the three principles of “preserve, enhance, and grow,” the planning initiatives will work with the community to create a comprehensive vision for each of the planning areas and guide future growth and investment.

“Over the last four years, we have set strong foundations in our planning efforts that will guide our growth as a city in a way that is responsible and inclusive, for many years into the future,” said Mayor Walsh. “These four new planning processes represent a continuation of our commitment to fulfill the individual needs of each neighborhood that both preserve the distinct historic character, and allow for us as a community to plan together for our bright future ahead.”

The planning initiatives build on the strategies outlined in Imagine Boston 2030, Boston’s first citywide plan in 50 years.

“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.”

  • PLAN: Newmarket

As identified in Imagine Boston 2030, the Newmarket area, located on the Fairmont line, offers opportunities for the preservation and strengthening of critical industrial uses alongside transit-oriented growth that increases job density and strengthens connections to Downtown and adjacent neighborhoods.

PLAN: Newmarket will build on the historic industrial use of the neighborhood while exploring the potential to encourage commercial job growth and creates opportunities for local residents. The plan will work to ensure that future growth is climate ready and enhances area resiliency.

Downtown, East Boston, Mattapan, and a mobility-focused planning initiative in Allston-Brighton were the other four areas chosen for planning.

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