Notes from Dudley Vision Advisory Task Force (DVATF) Meeting, Thursday, May 30, 2013

The meeting agenda included a discussion of:

  • Dudley Sq. Municipal Center project progress (construction and workforce development)
  • The upcoming district-wide parking study
  • A Request for Proposals for a Retail Leasing Consultant for the Municipal Center
  • Public Safety in the Square

Maureen Anderson, Senior Project Manager at the Public Facilities Department, explained that structural steel erection would continue through late June, with an expected topping-off ceremony on June 24th, and event planning is ongoing.

It was announced that the Request for Proposals (RFP) for a Retail Leasing Consultant would be advertised and available June 3, with a due date of June 19. The selected consultant would assist and advise the project team in attracting recruiting and qualifying interested retail tenants for the Municipal Center. The Task Force then discussed the opportunity for restaurants and space requirements. The project team will be researching what types of tenants could be allowed in a public building that is financed by New Market Tax Credits.

It was also noted that the Boston Transportation Department’s Dudley Square Complete Streets Design Project is continuing.

Task Force member Kai Grant noted that Construction workforce development efforts are continuing and the most recent results are as follows: 9% Female, 42% Boston Residents, 59% Minorities.

Mr. Guscott, a community member, presented a brochure from the Massachusetts Pre-engineering Program (MassPEP) about educational opportunities for youth in the neighborhood and encouraged the City of Boston’s project team to inquire about ways to include youth education into the development of the Dudley Square Municipal Office Facility.

Ronn Garry, a Task Force member, revisited the concept of having a Task Force sub-committee take steps to engage public safety officials from Boston Police and MBTA Police, and ask the officials to make a presentation about strategic plans for the Dudley Square area.

A recent draft of a Scope of Work for the upcoming Dudley Square Parking Study was distributed and comments were invited.

The meeting adjourned at about 8:00 p.m. The next scheduled DVATF meeting is Thursday, June 13, 2013, at 6:00 p.m., at the Central Boston Elder Services Building, 2315 Washington Street, Dudley Sq., Roxbury.

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