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Help Craft a Vision for Economic Development in Brookline!

Amanda Linehan
Communications Manager
Metropolitan Area Planning Council
617-933-0705
alinehan@mapc.org

For Immediate Release: Monday, October 23, 2017

Help Craft a Vision for Economic Development in Brookline!

Community-led project to guide future of business districts;

Open House 11/8 will gather public ideas

BROOKLINE – The Town of Brookline wants to hear your ideas for the future of commercial development in Brookline.

The project, “A Vision for Brookline’s Commercial Areas,” will identify priority areas for business development to each of Brookline’s commercial areas. Building on the 2005 Brookline Comprehensive Plan, this visioning project will include specific studies for several of the business districts in town, including Coolidge Corner/JFK area, Washington Square, Brookline Village, Chestnut Hill, St. Marys, Route 9 reservoir and Route 9 East.

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) in Boston is working with the Town of Brookline on the visioning process.

Members of the Brookline community are helping to identify strengths and challenges of the existing businesses districts, and brainstorm ideas for future development, uses and densities in those areas. The feedback collected during this process will help the town identify which sites are best-suited for commercial and mixed-use development. MAPC will synthesize this feedback for these commercial sites before issuing a final report with recommendations to the town. The final report is said to be completed by the end of this year.

Interested in getting involved? Attend the Open House event on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Brookline Town Hall, 333 Washington St., Rooms 103 and 111. Register at mapc.ma/OpenHouseBrookline.

Visit the project website at mapc.ma/PlanningForAChangingBrookline and take the online survey at mapc.ma/PlanBrookline. Leave your e-mail with us and be automatically entered to win a free lunch at a local restaurant with Town Administrator Mel Kleckner and Selectman Neil Wishinsky! The survey closes on October 29, 2017.

For more information, contact MAPC Community Engagement Specialist Carolina Prieto at 617-933-0736 and cprieto@mapc.org, or Francisco Torres, Economic Development & Long-Term Planner at Town of Brookline at 617-264-6478 and ftorres@brooklinema.gov.

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