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Retail survey aims to find out where Waterfront/Innovation District residents and commuters want to shop

Posted by Patrick Rosso  December 10, 2013 01:16 PM

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The city of Boston and the Boston Redevelopment Authority wants to know what kind of shops and services residents, commuters, and businesses want to see in the Waterfront/Innovation District area of South Boston.

The BRA recently released a retail survey, to help it better understand what is needed in the area so that it can guide future development and connect real estate brokers with the service providers that the community wants.

“There are some signature shops in the area and some great restaurants, but we want to know what are some of the other things people want down there,” explained Randi Lathrop, director of businesses development for the BRA.

The area has seen steady growth over the past few years, with an estimated 210 new companies moving in since 2010, according to Lathrop

Although not all retail may be as exciting as the celebrity chef restaurants found throughout the area, Lathrop said the community lacks a lot of the basics found in other residential neighborhoods.

“We looked very carefully at the district and what the needs are,” said Lathrop. “Today there are a lot of food and convenience stores, but very little retail and services like dry cleaners and hair salons.”

Lathrop said a retail survey can also help better guide development and differentiate an area from its neighbors.

“We want each neighborhood to be different from the other neighborhoods and unique,” said Lathrop. “A retail survey can really start that process.”

The survey, which closes December 19, will also provide the BRA with information about where people are currently shopping.

“Having information directly from residents, commuters, and businesses tells us a lot about where people are going,” explained Lathrop. “The goal is to make the area a place where you can live, work, and play.”

For a copy of the survey, click here.

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