Smart Growth Projects

Concord Riverwalk

Boston: Hayden Building.  The Hayden Building, located at the edge of Chinatown and the Theater District in Downtown Boston, was built in 1875 and had fallen into disrepair. The building is a Nationally Registered Historic Landmark, and was gutted by a fire in 1985, remaining vacant until its rehabilitation and adaptive reuse. The building is certified LEED Platinum, is located within two blocks of three subway stations, the Boston Common, and several bus lines.”,PDF

Boston: South Station Expansion. This project is designed to improve streetscape and pedestrian, bicycle, local transit, and vehicular facilities in and around South Station, including the re-opening of Dorchester Avenue for public use; to consider opportunities for joint public/private development over an expanded South Station; to enable growth in high-speed and other intercity passenger rail service in the northeastern United States; to support sustainable economic growth and improved quality of life in NEC metropolitan areas; to support increased statewide transportation access, environmental sustainability, and improved personal mobility.”,PDF

Cataumet: Red Brook Harboview. Red Brook Harborview is a project specifically designed to reduce nitrogen loading to Red Brook Harbor, currently resulting from on-site septic systems. This project will treat wastewater from the proposed development and the existing marina, potentially reducing existing nitrogen loading by 890 pounds per year.”,PDF

Cambridge: Atmark Apartments.High-density urban residential community located near the Alewife MBTA station.  Close to open space, alternative modes of transportation, existing retail, and other amenities.  Prior to development, the site underwent a substantial and complicated cleanup program, removing over 100,000 tons of regulated and contaminated waste.”,PDF

Concord: Concord Riverwalk. A “pocket neighborhood” consisting of 13 sustainably-built homes located along the Assabet River. The development has pedestrian connections to public transit and all houses face a shared park to foster a sense of place for residents.”,PDF

Everett: The Batch Yard. Located off Broadway, this project is the redevelopment of the former Charleston Chew factory. This project redevelops the vacant four-story concrete frame warehouse that served as the factory, into a seven-story apartment community, reusing many of the original building materials.”, PDF

Great Barrington: 2013 Master Plan. The 2013 Great Barrington Master Plan was drafted over the course of three years of public participation and stakeholder engagement. The Vision of the final approved plan calls for Great Barrington to continue to balance its small town character, historic buildings and vibrant downtown, with the rural heritage of productive farms, scenic vistas and open spaces, and vast tracts of protected habitat.”,PDF

Greenfield: 2013 Master Plan.  In 2012, the Town began undertaking the development of the Greenfield Comprehensive Sustainable Master Plan Project, which is anticipated to be completed in January 2014.”,PDF

Newburyport: Proposed Apartments on Boston Way. The project is a redevelopment of a surface parking lot into apartment housing, adjacent to the Clipper City Rail Trail.”,PDF

Peabody: Main Street Corridor and Peabody Square. The Main Street Corridor Project is a multi-phase project to transform a four-lane auto-dominated roadway to a two-lane pedestrian/bicyclist friendly environment as well as add three new public outdoor spaces to Peabody Square. Long-term, the City plans to improve side-street connections to a Riverwalk.”,PDF

Pioneer Valley Region: “Our Next Future” Action Plan. This plan contains ideas and strategies to address eight key topics: Smart growth; climate action and clean energy; green infrastructure; housing; brownfields; food security; sustainable transportation; and the environment. The plan was adopted in October 2013. “,PDF

Reading: 30 Haven. 30 Haven is a 40R mixed-use multi-family apartment community in Reading’s Smart Growth district. The development is located less than one block from the commuter rail and a short walk to Reading’s revitalized Town Center. 30 Haven was developed with green materials and was completed in 13 months. The project is fully leased.”,PDF

Springfield: Watershops Revitalization District. The Watershops District Revitalization Plan focuses on revitalization strategies within sections of the Six Corners and Old Hill neighborhoods in Springfield. The plan is a continuation of ReBuild Springfield and focuses on redevelopment of Old Brookings School into housing and community areas; development of owner-occupied single-family housing on vacant lots with a higher density; three mixed-use centers; revitalization of Ruth Elizabeth Park; incorporation of pedestrian-friendly features such as street crossings and benches; and new alternative transportation and open space connections.”,PDF