The historic Ferdinand Building is the centerpiece of the City’s plan for Dudley Square.

Revitalization of Dudley Square had been one of  former Mayor Menino’s highest priorities.  In recent years, private developers, local non-profits and community members have helped produce developments like Palladio Hall, Hibernian Hall, the Dartmouth Hotel, and the Palmer Building.

The creation of the Dudley Square Municipal Office Facility will be the centerpiece of the revitalization efforts.  Reflecting the history of the neighborhood and the community’s aspirations while embracing modern high-performance building standards, the facility will better connect City government with its citizens.

The City is forming a project team of world-class designers, as well as elite project and construction management talent to realize the Mayor’s vision.

The facility is currently conceived to incorporate a preserved Ferdinand’s Building, and it will comprise about 150,000 square feet of administrative office with ground-floor retail.  The Boston Public Schools administration will occupy most of the office space.

Mayor Walsh has strengthened and enhanced the vision for the facility by incorporating a Roxbury Innovation Center that can connect to the entrepreneurial and innovation networks that are already thriving in the City.