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W. Roxbury Main Streets, MAPC Release West Roxbury Community Vision

Final report reflects input of community members, businesses on future of neighborhood

West Roxbury – The final results of a months-long process to engage the West Roxbury community in envisioning the neighborhood’s future are in, thanks to a collaborative effort among the City of Boston, West Roxbury Main Streets (WRMS) and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC).

MAPC staff worked with residents, business owners and other stakeholders of the West Roxbury Business District this year to develop a guiding vision for the area around Centre and Spring streets, which serves as the cultural and social backbone of the community. MAPC and WRMS conducted focus groups, open houses, community meetings and surveyed more than 700 stakeholders to gather input and learn more about what West Roxbury’s residents, businesses, and visitors feel are the key qualities that will continue to make the area’s main streets a vibrant, diverse, and inviting commercial destination.

Now, the results of that engagement – including data, vision statements, goals and aspirations for West Roxbury’s future — have been compiled into a visionary, opportunity-focused final report, available online at www.wrms.org

“The feedback in this report provides business owners, the city and residents with a vision and a road map for West Roxbury’s future. I look forward to working together to make all of West Roxbury’s commercial districts vibrant and thriving while meeting the needs of the neighborhood,” said Boston City Councilor Matt O’Malley. “I continue to be impressed with the work of the West Roxbury Main Streets board and I welcome new Executive Director Danielle Joseph to the community.”

“West Roxbury Main Streets is thankful to the community for their participation in our Imagine West Roxbury project. It was important for us to engage a wide variety of individuals through our events and survey,” said West Roxbury Main Streets Chairman Carl Koebler. “With over 700 participants, we received great insight into supporting and enhancing West Roxbury. We look forward to working on many of the priorities addressed in the report. We thank MAPC for all of their great work and dedication to the Image West Roxbury project.”

 

For more information, contact West Roxbury Main Streets Executive Director Danielle Joseph at director@wrms.org or 617-325-6400 and Emily Torres-Cullinane, Project Manager for MAPC, at etorres@mapc.org or 617-933-0735. Visit www.mapc.org and www.wrms.org for more.