Promoting Smart Growth & Regional Planning
What is MEPA?
Established as state law in the late 1970s, the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) is a uniform system of environmental impact review with the intent to reduce the potential for harm to the environment from certain development and transportation projects.
The intent of MEPA review is to inform project applicants and state agencies of potential adverse environmental impacts while a proposal is still in the planning stages. The developer and all relevant state agencies are required to identify any aspects of a proposed project that may necessitate additional description or analysis prior to the issuance of a Certificate and Section 61 Findings by the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.
MEPA also requires developing enforceable mitigation commitments, which will become permit conditions for the project. As part of the public review process, MAPC submits comment letters for projects considered to be of significant regional impact.
Back Bay/ South End Gateway Project
This 1.26 million square foot mixed-use transit oriented development (TOD) project will develop high density housing, retail and office uses above and adjacent to Back Bay Station. Comprised of four air-rights parcels, the approximately 5.2-acre project site is located primarily over active transportation infrastructure.
Logan Airport Parking Project
Construct 5,000 additional commercial parking spaces atop the existing Economy Garage and Terminal E surface parking lot at Logan International Airport.
Lynn Gear Works Redevelopment Project
An approximately 1.5 million square-foot transit-oriented development (TOD) project located adjacent to the River Works MBTA commuter rail station and directly west of the Lynnway (Route 1A). The project comprises approximately 1,260 residential units and 2,080 parking spaces to be built in five phases.
Oak Grove Area Urban Renewal Plan
Designate an Oak Grove Urban Renewal Area which would comprise 82.2 acres and 11 lots for disposition. The lots are proposed to contain an anticipated 35 new buildings providing a mix of uses (office, hotel, retail, industrial, research & development, and restaurant). Approximately 110 new apartment or townhouse dwelling units are also proposed. Not including the apartment or townhouse dwelling units, the Urban Renewal Plan (URP) indicates a maximum build-out potential of 467,000 square feet. According to a preliminary build-out analysis, there would be 2,617 parking spaces and 13,990 new vehicle trips generated on an average weekday.
Needham Street Redevelopment
Redevelop a 28.7-acre site located along Needham Street in Newton. The Needham Street Redevelopment includes a mixed-use building program of approximately 1.4 million square feet of development, including the retention of an historic 172,000 sf mill building that was previously converted to office space. Approximately 372,000 sf of commercial space will be provided for restaurant, retail, and office uses. An estimated 865 housing units are proposed, 173 (20 percent) of which will be affordable. The project proposes 1,124 new parking spaces, resulting in a total parking supply of 2,250 parking spaces, which will be provided in a combination of on-street parking, surface lots, and structured parking. The new development is expected to add 4,521 daily vehicle trips to the site for a total of 12,548 daily vehicle trips.
North Quincy Station Redevelopment Project
Construct a mixed-use development consisting of approximately 610 residential units, a 45,000 square foot supermarket, 5,000 square feet of retail space, and 1,600 parking spaces adjacent to North Quincy Station.
1265 Main Street
The second of a two phase development of the 94.4 acre former Polaroid Campus located on Main Street (Route 117), this mixed-use project (office, retail, restaurant, service, health/wellness uses, and an alternate residential component) will comprise a total of 1.83 million square feet.
Weymouth, Rockland, Abington
Mixed-use redevelopment project comprising 8 million square feet of commercial space, 3,855 housing units, and between 19,500 and 43,900 parking spaces. Primary land uses include office, life sciences, hi-tech manufacturing, manufacturing, retail, a conference center, and a 285-room hotel. A 15,000 seat space sports stadium is also considered as part of this project.
Ashland Rail Transit Apartments
A 398 unit apartment project in 9 buildings (comprising a total of 408,500 square feet). The project is on an approximate 29 acre site about one-third of a mile from the Ashland MBTA commuter rail station.
South Station Air Rights
Develop an approximate 8.3 acre site bounded generally by Atlantic Avenue to the west and the United States Postal Service to the east. The mixed-use project (office, residential, and hotel) will comprise a total 2.52 million square feet proposed to be constructed in three phases.
South Station Expansion
The purpose of the South Station Expansion project is to expand rail capacity and related layover capacity in order to meet current and future high-speed, intercity, and commuter rail service needs. This project will also reopen Dorchester Avenue and extend the Harborwalk.
115 Winthrop Square
Construct a mixed-use building that will include approximately 1.1 to 1.5 million square feet. The project is located on an approximate 47,962 square foot site bounded generally by Summer Street to the south, Federal Street to the east, and Devonshire Street to the west.
Kendall Square Urban Renewal Project Amendment No. 10
The Cambridge Redevelopment Authority and a developer propose an Amendment No. 10 to the Kendall Square Urban Renewal Plan, an area bounded by Main Street, the Grand Junction Railroad, Binney Street, and Third Street in Cambridge. The project will increase new development in this area by 1.13 million square feet for mixed-uses (office, retail, and residential).
Apex Center (formerly Beacon-North)
A mixed-use development (retail, restaurant, entertainment, office, and hotel space) consisting of 12 building complexes totaling 445,500 square feet. This project is located on a 43.6 acre site bounded by Route 20, Ames Street, and Glen Street.
The Office and Research Center + The Residences at Assembly
This four-phase development is located on an approximately 9.4-acre lot within Somerville’s Assembly Square area. The developer proposes a mixed-use project (office, retail, restaurant, hotel, and residential). When completed, the entire project will comprise roughly 1.7 million square feet.
This mixed-use project will contain 180 rental units and 140 single and duplex townhome condominium units. A future phase will include a 125 room hotel and a 150 unit assisted living facility. The total square footage of this site will comprise 806,800 square feet on an approximately 101 acre parcel northeast of the I-495/Route 9 Interchange.
526 & 528 Boston Post Road
Located on approximately 50 acres, this project is bordered by Boston Post Road (Route 20) to the south, to the east by commercial properties, to the west by agricultural use and open space, and to the north by a former railroad right-of-way. This mixed-use project comprises approximately 80,000 square feet of retail and a range of residential developments totaling 520,000 square feet (250 apartment units, 60 age-restricted condominium units, and a 54-bed assisted living/memory care facility).
Arsenal on the Charles
Redevelop and revitalize the 29-acre Arsenal on the Charles campus on Arsenal Street in Watertown through the phased construction of six new buildings, which include mixed-use, civic, and office uses. These new buildings would total approximately 250,000 gross square feet and would be supported by 976 net new parking spaces, resulting in a total parking supply of 2,934 spaces.
Wynn Everett Resort and Casino
This project will construct a resort and casino on approximately 33.9 acres on Horizon Way off Lower Broadway. The project will contain gaming space, a 629 room hotel, retail, restaurant space in addition to convention and meeting space.
The project includes approximately 40.93 acres within Needham Crossing, bounded by Highland Avenue to the north, Kendrick Street to the south, 2nd and 4th Avenues to the east, and I-95/Route 128 to the west. Four new office buildings and two renovated office buildings totaling approximately 1.16 million square feet, two 128-room hotels, 19,000 square feet of retail space, and 390 residential units are proposed.
Station at Riverside
This mixed-use redevelopment is located in and around the current parking lot for the MBTA’s Riverside Station, the western terminus of the MBTA Green Line "D" Branch light rail line. Of the 22.4 acre site, 9.4 acres will be leased by the MBTA for a 580,200 square foot mixed-use development project (office, residential, and retail). The project will also have a 383,590 square foot parking facility for 2,014 parking spaces.
Develop an approximately 12 acre vacant parcel located at 369 Washington Street. The proposed mixed-use project will consist of a limited service/extended stay 250 room hotel and three restaurants. Of the three restaurants, two will be full service and the third restaurant will be a fast food facility. The project site will comprise a total of 176,772 square feet in four separate buildings.