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Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center

650 Dudley Street

Boston, MA 02125

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The moment you have all been waiting for...

Please join us for the upcoming release of the RFP(Request for Proposals) for the development of key parcels in the Upham's Corner Arts and Innovation District!

All are welcome to attend this celebratory meeting.

We will be sharing: information from the RFP, responses to your burning questions about the process, updates regarding affordable housing, an update on "what's next" and much more...

The parcels of focus highlighted in the RFP are:

  • The Historic Strand Theatre

  • Municipal Lot

  • Upham's Corner Library

  • 572 Columbia Road (formerly the Citizen's Bank Building) owned by Dudley Neighbors Inc., Community Land Trust

We will have presentations from:

  • John Barros, City of Boston Chief of Economic Development

  • Our partners

This community gathering is the official release of the upcoming RFP and our way of saying "thank you" to all those who have participated in the process!

Food and refreshments will be provided

This has been made possible by the partnerships between the Working Advisory Group, City of Boston, Dudley Street Neighborhood Inititative, Design Studio 4 Social Intervention, and Imagine Boston 2030.

Photo Credit: Ayako Maruyama/ds4si

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Ramona Lisa Alexander

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The Upham’s Corner Implementation process builds on goals established by the community, outlined in both Imagine Boston 2030 and the Upham’s Corner Station Area Plan of the Fairmount Indigo Planning Initiative. The Implementation process focuses on putting those plans into effect by developing strategic parcels in the neighborhood. The process will produce an RFP to solicit development services to deliver affordable housing, affordable commercial space, a branch public library, and an operator for the Strand Theatre. This effort is guided by a unique partnership between the City of Boston, the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA), the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI), and the Upham’s Corner community.

Development Without Displacement

This unique partnership is fully committed to working closely with community partners to promote economic development without displacement. Strategic public investment in the creation of affordable housing and affordable commercial space along the Fairmount Indigo corridor is intended to preempt gentrification typified by private speculation attracted by public investment in transportation.

A map of the parcels to be included in the RFP can be found in PDF format here.

Community Vision

Upham’s Corner is a revitalized commercial, cultural and community center that is a celebration of diversity and an arts and cultural anchor of the Fairmount Indigo Corridor.

Having consistently identified Upham’s Corner as an arts and culture destination, previous planning initiatives laid important groundwork for the concept of establishing a neighborhood Arts and Innovation District in Upham’s Corner.

Upham’s Corner Arts and Innovation District

The Upham’s Corner Arts and Innovation District is based on the belief that sustainable opportunities for local residents and businesses will be created by empowering the significant entrepreneurial talent that exists in the neighborhood. Upham’s Corner is a hub of creative activity enabled, in part, by the physical assets that exist in close proximity to each other, including the historic Strand Theatre, the Upham’s Corner Branch Library, and the small businesses supported by Upham’s Corner Main Streets. Together, we envision an Arts and Innovation District where:

  • Economic development is anchored by cultural uses that are enhanced and expanded to provide local residents, entrepreneurs, small businesses, and artists with the housing, venues, public amenities, and resources needed to collaborate and thrive;

  • Investments, both public and private, are made strategically in response to the robust planning efforts that have led to the designation of this District, and support the ethnic and economic diversity of the community; and,

  • Committed, collaborative partnerships come together to engage in creative problem-solving for the future of the neighborhood.

Recognizing that entrepreneurship and innovation come in many forms, the Upham’s Corner Arts and Innovation District will be designed as a hub of creativity to bolster collaboration among local residents, entrepreneurs, and business-owners.

Working Advisory Group

This document builds on earlier community-oriented planning processes and is a reflection of ideas and priorities expressed by the community members participating in a robust public outreach process, and is guided by a community-based advisory group. The Working Advisory Group (WAG), is a City-appointed advisory group for this process and includes residents, business owners, advocates and other community leaders who have been meeting regularly throughout the process to help shape the content of public meetings and review community feedback. Several members of the WAG participated in previous planning initiatives and offered continuity to the process, connecting planning with implementation.


The implementation process was informed by the work of several planning initiatives.

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