Nuestra Comunidad and Windale Developers are excited to announce the launch of a community planning process aimed at designing a new public plaza at the Bartlett Station development in Dudley Square, co-owned by Windale and Nuestra. We want to hear from you what you want, what works and what doesn’t work. Our goal is to build the plaza in 2019, based on a vision and design driven by Roxbury residents and stakeholders.
A team of local artists and arts leaders have already begun meeting to create a community engagement plan and start visioning the possibilities for this new 15,000 SF outdoor cultural venue open to the community. The first step in the public phase is the launching of a community survey designed by the planning team. Everyone reading this message is encouraged to take the survey and circulate it to your networks. Here’s the link to the online version: CLICK HERE.
Hard copy versions of the survey will be circulated throughout Roxbury by the planning team. Special survey drop boxes will be placed at a few key locations so residents can drop off hard copy surveys for collection. People can always bring hard copy surveys to Nuestra’s office at 56 Warren Street, second floor, in Dudley Square.
Here’s what else the public plaza planning team is rolling out this spring and summer:
- A Bartlett public plaza website created by the planning team will be launched in May to provide information about the plaza planning team members, the visioning and development timeline, fundraising efforts, arts events at Bartlett Station this summer and community engagement activities.
- A design team for the plaza will be announced in May; this team will take their cues from the plaza planning team and the results of the surveys and focus groups.
- Focus groups will be held May 29 through June 8. Information and invitations will begin to circulate around the end of April.
- A temporary public plaza installation and arts series will take place this summer at Bartlett Station, led by artists engaged in the plaza planning team. The installation will provide economic opportunities for local artists and help generate awareness and interest in the permanent public plaza development. A temporary art installation will remain in place for 2018 and 2019.
- A “crowd granting” campaign will be launched in May to raise funds for artists’ commissions and event supplies and equipment relating to the temporary plaza installation.
For more information about the public plaza planning, please contact David Price at Nuestra, firstname.lastname@example.org.