Boston – Mayor Martin J. Walsh, along with the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) announced that the next stage of planning studies will focus on the Rutherford Avenue Corridor in Charlestown and Western Avenue Corridor in Allston-Brighton.
The goal of each study will be to create a comprehensive vision for the areas, guiding future growth and investment.
Each strategic planning effort is guided by Imagine Boston 2030, Boston’s first citywide plan in 50 years, aimed at guiding growth that prioritizes inclusionary growth and puts forth a comprehensive vision to boost quality of life, equity and resilience in every neighborhood across the city.
The planning effort along Rutherford Avenue will focus on the publicly-owned parcels, leading a robust community discussion about their future use. The strategic plan will aim to preserve the historic residential core of existing Charlestown by focusing new growth on underutilized properties along the Rutherford Avenue Corridor.
The Western Avenue Corridor study and rezoning initiative will address the increasing development pressure along Western Avenue by engaging local stakeholders and community members to inform recommendations for new or modified zoning.
The study will also consider public realm improvements in the area. This effort will work in conjunction with the ongoing Allston-Brighton Mobility Study to explore transportation enhancements to serve this growing corridor. The community engagement process for this initiative is expected to begin in the fall.