Over the weekend city officials will be picking the brains of Uphams Corner residents and other interested parties to find out what sort of future they envision for their neighborhood.
The forum, set for Saturday, is part of the broader Fairmount Indigo Planning Initiative that aims to invigorate residential, commercial, and industrial development and interest along the Fairmount Commuter Rail. The line runs from South Station to Hyde Park, cutting through Roxbury, Dorchester, Mattapan, and Hyde Park.
“We want to know how we can improve the district; we also just want to get people involved,” said Jeremy Rosenberger, the project manager for the Boston Redevelopment Authority led initiative.
Uphams Corner is one of the three stops along the 9.2-mile rail line that is receiving special attention from the initiative; the other two areas are expected to be named in the next month.
The BRA has assembled a Working Advisory Group of residents, stakeholders, and business that has been working over the past few months to understand the community’s assets, what improvements to the community could look like, and how to not only benefit and increase investment in businesses and transportation in the area, but improve the quality of life for residents.
“There’s a lot of momentum in Uphams Corner,” Rosenberger said as he highlighted the city’s Department of Public Works’ Uphams Corner roadway project and another initiative in the neighborhood to bring more art into the community.
Rosenberger said a number of challenges and assets have been identified in the neighborhood by the WAG so far.
From the Fairmount Line, which can quickly transport residents to downtown Boston, but lacks ridership, to housing that balances the density of the neighborhood, but also helps keep rents affordable, the group has been working to find out not only what the future holds for the community, but how to present it to their neighbors.
The forum will be held Sat., Feb. 2, from 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Salvation Army Kroc Center at 650 Dudley St. Childcare will be provided as well as local food and interpretation services.
For more information visit the Fairmount Indigo Planning Initiative’s website or call (617) 918-4434.