Notes from Dudley Vision Advisory Task Force (DVATF) Meeting, Thursday, June 27, 2013

BWSC Dudley Square Sewer Separation Project presentation at June 27, 2013

Irene McSweeney, BWSC Director of Construction. Dudley Sq. Sewer Separation Project presentation at June 27, 2013 DVATF meeting.

The meeting commenced with a presentation from Boston Water & Sewer Commission’s (BWSC) Director of Construction, Irene McSweeney, reporting the current status of the Dudley Square Sewer Separation Project (separating storm and wastewater). Handouts from the presentation are located here, and additional information on can be found on this BWSC web page. The handouts provide detailed information on completed and upcoming street work.  Highlights include upcoming street work on Eustis Street, Warren Street near Dudley Station, and beginning later this year on Washington Street  and Dudley Street.

Following the BWSC presentation, there was an update on the retail real estate consultant RFP for the Dudley Sq. Municipal Center.  At the time of the meeting, proposals were being evaluated from four respondents that had submitted proposals to assist the project team with advertising, marketing, and tenant recruitment for the street-level retail at the new building.

  1. CBRE/Grossman Retail Advisors, 33 Arch Street, Boston
  2. Colliers International New England, 160 Federal Street, Boston
  3. R. E. Hill & Company, 22 Warren Street, Roxbury
  4. The Dartmouth Company, 351 Newbury Street, Boston

A selection announcement is expected in July 2013.  Requests for Proposals from interested tenants will be issued around October 2013.  It was announced that Randi Lathrop, the Boston Redevelopment Authority’s Director of Business Development, will present at an upcoming meeting to share ideas for strategies with respect to retail tenant recruitment.

The Dudley Vision Task Force circulated a document titled, “Some Thoughts on Retail Visioning”, authored by the Dudley Main Streets, Joyce Stanley, Executive Director.  A copy is available here.

An update on the public art was provided.  The Boston Public Art Commission has released three Calls for Artists for works at the Dudley Sq. Municipal Center (already posted on this site, and referenced again below).

The City of Boston has announced three separate calls for artists to provide public art pieces at the new Dudley Sq. Municipal Center.

  1. Painted or sculptural element to adorn the Ferdinand Building’s old brick wall.
  2. Outdoor sculptural piece at southeast corner at Warren St. (Dudley Station Plaza).
  3. Decorative acoustic wall panel to hand in BPS School Committee Room.  Proposals for this piece will be accepted only from BPS students.

The first round of responses is due August 4, 2013 (for the Ferdinand wall piece).

All details and downloadable access to each call for artists can be found at the Boston Art Commission website [ click here ].

There was a discussion about the ongoing role, membership,  and objectives of the Dudley Vision Advisory Task Force.    There was also a discussion concerning a potential for a medical marijuana dispensary locating in the Dudley Square area.

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