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Dec 11

Visioning for Route 9 and Getting What We Want From Developers

Posted on December 11, 2015 at 11:54 AM by Andy Martineau

"Route 9 East will be a lively and cohesive destination, connecting the surrounding neighborhoods with multi-modal transportation, innovative commercial uses and inviting public spaces."  

The above vision and recommendations for making it a reality were presented at a meeting last week led by a team of graduate land use planning students from M.I.T's Department of Urban Studies and Planning.  The Economic Development Division has been working with the students over the course of the fall semester to engage residents, businesses and property owners in developing a vision for the area that leverages the major redevelopment and public infrastructure projects currently in the pipeline.  The team has identified three catalyst sites for potential redevelopment opportunities as well as a number of public realm improvements that should be prioritized by the Town.  A final written report will be available later in December. 

The latest presentation is available online

Getting What We Want From Developers 

More than 70 people attended the latest installment of the Economic Development Advisory Board's "Planning for a Changing Brookline" workshop series.  Over the past several months, EDAB has sponsored a series of workshops with the goal of engaging the community in a conversation about future redevelopment opportunities in Town with a particular emphasis establishing criteria for "successful projects."  This latest installment aptly titled "How to Get What We Want from Developers," featured a panel of speakers comprised of local real estate developers, a former Selectmen and former Town Counsel.  The panel spent the evening participating in a moderated conversation about what the town can do to position itself to attract developers that want to build the types of projects that meet the wants and needs of the community.  The next workshop will likely take place this spring.

A very special thanks to our panelists: Jennifer Gilbert, George Cole, Ted Tye, and Ken Goldstein and also to our moderator, Ken Lewis.     

The presentation is available online