Prior to the meeting, there was a walk-through of the Dudley Municipal Center facility by the Dudley Vision Advisory Task Force.
The meeting commenced with an introduction of John Barros, the new Chief of Economic Development for the City.
Mr. Barros began by discussing a number of topics and priorities of the Walsh Administration, including:
- Job creation and retention.
- Matching job skills to work opportunities, and bringing public education into the mix with private employers (referencing a joint program between Roxbury Community College and Madison Park High School).
- Diversifying industries in all neighborhoods.
- Use of public land (municipal and state) to create private development opportunities.
- Streamlining of permitting process for businesses and developments.
- Maximizing the use of all the tools the City has to promote local jobs and business opportunities.
Following is a viewable and downloadable list of Proposals Received at the Bid Counter in response to the City of Boston’s Public Facilities Dept. Ferdinand Retail Leasing Request for Proposals:
PDF is available by clicking here:
On Thursday, March 27th, the Dudley Sq. Municipal Center project team hosted a Ferdinand Retail Open House for the 22 businesses that submitted proposals to lease space at the Dudley Sq. Municipal Center. The Open House was held at the Dudley Branch of the Boston Public Library, from 3-5 p.m.
The Open House was organized to give community members and other stakeholders a chance to meet and learn more about the businesses that are being attracted to the new Dudley Square District. A list of businesses that submitted proposals is linked here.
The City has begun evaluating leasing proposals, and will be reaching out to the recommended businesses to make leasing arrangements in the coming weeks. Once leases are finalized, there will announcements of the new retail mix at the Ferdinand.
Ferdinand Retail Open House–Community Engagement for Retailers that Submitted Proposals to Lease at the Dudley Sq. Muni. Ctr., Thursday, March 27, 2014 from 3-5 p.m.
Installation of some of the new signage at the main entrance of the Dudley Branch Library. Night images promise to be even more interesting.
An “Open House” is scheduled to provide an opportunity for Dudley Square and Roxbury stakeholders to interact with retailers who have submitted proposals for leasing retail space in the Dudley Municipal/Ferdinand Building. The “Open House” constitutes a chance to promote community engagement.
Tables will be set up to allow retailers to introduce and present their store concepts to any interested parties.
The Open House will be at the first floor meeting room at the Dudley Branch of the Boston Public Library, 65 Warren Street, Roxbury, MA 02119, March 27th, 3-5 p.m.
The Dudley Vision Advisory Task Force meeting scheduled for this evening March 13, 2014, at 6:00-8:00 p.m. at 2315 Washington Street, Roxbury, has been cancelled.
The next scheduled meeting for the Dudley Vision Advisory Task Force is 6:00 — 8:00 p.m., Thursday, March 27, 2014, at the Community Room of the Central Boston Elder Services building, 2315 Washington Street, Roxbury.
The agenda of the February DVATF Community meeting was to:
- Provide a progress report and initial findings of the ongoing District-wide Parking Analysis.
- Provide a progress report and look-ahead for the Dudley Sq. Municipal Ctr.’s Ferdinand Retail Recruitment Initiative.
Senior BRA Transportation Planner, Jim Fitzgerald, introduced the parking consultants from VHB working on the project, Sean Manning and Sarah Wetmore.
Sean and Sarah summarized the parking study’s purpose:
- Quantify parking supply by regulation type
- Assess typical weekday parking demand
- Analyze parking supply/demand conditions
- Coordinate with area traffic improvemnts to better meet future district needs
- Coordinate future land use changes
Some highlights of the presentation included: Continue reading