Friday, April 25, 2014

Downtown Waterfront Public Realm Plan Open for Public Comment

The BRA issued a draft Downtown Waterfront Public Realm and Watersheet Activation Plan for public review and comment. The plan looks at waterfront activation, programming and public amenity concepts for the section of Boston's waterfront extending from Long Wharf to the James Hook Lobster property. The comment deadline is May 2, 2014

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. A project overview will be given at the Fort Point Neighborhood Association's monthly meeting on April 29, 2014.

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.
Public comments can be submitted by emailing Chris Busch, BRA Senior Waterfront Planner, by May 2, 2014.

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