Community Planning Continues in Egleston Square

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A Letter from Egleston Square Main Street board member Galen Moore:

Hello Neighbors-

I’m writing with an update on the efforts of Egleston Square Main Street and numerous community partners to pull together a vision and ideas for new development along Washington Street, area between Chilcott and Montebello that is zoned for industrial use.

First, thank YOU for participating. Here’s what we’ve done together so far:

  • Over the summer, we collected 50 surveys both online and in print, in English and Spanish.
  • We worked with half a dozen community groups, attended several neighborhood meetings and hosted our own discussion at the YMCA.
  • We got input on height, use, affordability, open space, traffic and a host of other issues that are important to residents and business owners in this neighborhood.

Since September, we’ve been working with Community Design Resource Center to recruit volunteer architects to help take the community’s input and turn it into a vision.

We’re excited to announce we’ve succeeded in that effort. Drew Kane of Utile and Nick Hornig of NBBJ Boston have agreed to help put together conceptual designs that reflect neighborhood input. They both worked with Boston Architectural College students this year on a planning effort that stretched along the entire Washington Street corridor. We’re very excited to have them on board in this effort that is focused on the blocks between Chilcott and Montebello.

We’re now planning to bring a new presentation, including conceptual drawings, back for neighborhood discussion by the early spring. We’re also working to gather input from real estate developers in the area, in order to have a better understanding of what might be possible in Egleston Square.

In the coming weeks, we’ll be pulling together some of the things we learned through our surveys and community discussions. I’ll publish those here and on our Facebook page: facebook.com/WashingtonCommunityPlan, where you can also go to find regular updates on how the process is going.

Galen Moore

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