Help Craft a Vision for Economic Development in Brookline!

Amanda Linehan
Communications Manager
Metropolitan Area Planning Council

For Immediate Release: Monday, August 28, 2017

Help Craft a Vision for Economic Development in Brookline!

Community-led project to kick off with public forum this fall

BROOKLINE – The Town of Brookline wants to hear your ideas for the future of commercial development in Brookline, as part of a new visioning project kicking off this September.

The project, “A Vision for Brookline’s Commercial Areas,” will identify strategies for bringing mixed-use and business development to each of Brookline’s commercial centers. 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, Chestnut Hill and Route 9 East.

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) in Boston will work with Town of Brookline officials on the visioning process.

Members of the Brookline community will help 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 and catalog any development efforts underway at these commercial sites before issuing a final report with recommendations to the town.

Interested in getting involved? Visit the project website at  and take the online survey at!

There will also be focus groups with different community stakeholders in coming weeks, and members of the Economic Development Advisory Board will be on hand at several events across Brookline this fall to answer questions and engage with residents and those who work or visit the town. Look for the group at Brookline Day on Sept. 24, and stay tuned for the date of the first public visioning meeting!

For more information on the project, contact Amanda Chisholm at MAPC at or 617-933-0736 and someone from the town?