Mall Road Rezoning Initiative
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Burlington is hosting an interactive community design process to help develop a new land use framework for the area’s largest commercial district. The design process, also referred to as a “charrette,” invites the public to participate in a multi-day workshop that will lay out the strengths and weaknesses for the area, and through a collaborative process, the goal is to create a roadmap for sustainable growth.
All workshop and charrette events will be held in the lobby of the Piedmont Realty office building in the commercial district at 25 Burlington Mall Road:
May, 23rd Tuesday
Site Tour * 3:00pm-5:00pm * 25 Burlington Mall Road
Listening Workshop* 6:30-8:30pm * 25 Burlington Mall Road
May, 24th Wednesday
Visioning Workshop* 5:00-8:30pm * 25 Burlington Mall Road
REGISTER HERE FOR ALL EVENTS:
Advisory Group Meeting - April 12, 2023
Community Forum - February 15, 2023
Below is the link and password for the recording of Community Forum held on February 15, 2023:
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Advisory Group Meeting - February 1, 2023
Below is the link and password for the recording of the Advisory Group Meeting held on February 1, 2023:
Message from Melisa Tintocalis, Economic Development Director
April 19, 2023:
As you may have heard, we are launching a long-term land use & economic development initiative for the commercial district along Mall Road and Middlesex Turnpike. We been working with Brovitz Planning & Community Design to engage with stakeholders and identify opportunities.
Please join us in May 2023 for Burlington's first-ever community design charrette. The charrette is a fancy work for interactive workshop where we gather, use maps and develop ideas for our future.
If your are unable to attend, reach out our consultant Ted Brovitz, at firstname.lastname@example.org. He can walk you through the status of the project and gather your input.
Background on Mall Road and Middlesex Turnpike Initiative:
MassDevelopment awarded a Site Readiness Grant to the Town of Burlington to consider the potential of the commercial areas on both sides of Route 128/Interstate 95, addressing market and economic factors, development opportunities, and the future character of the district. The study area is generally bounded by Blanchard Road, Route 3, Route 3A, and the Burlington Mall Road. The project team is Madden Planning Group, Landwise Advisors, Buenas Vibras, and Gamble Associates. Outreach efforts are expected to begin in October 2021, including community forums to discuss and generate ideas. The plan is expected to continue through March 2022.
Charting a course for the future involves strategic engagement, input, and support from many stakeholders across a spectrum ranging from real estate developers to town residents. A district plan at this point in time will help the Town establish the zoning and regulatory framework to shape future development in a way that is tailored to market realities and civic goals.
District plans also communicate Town aspirations to property owners, real estate developers, businesses, and entrepreneurs interested in investing in the Town and growing the workforce. With a clear sense of private development potential, the Town can also advocate for and invest in public infrastructure, such as parks, streetscapes, transit, utilities, and environmental protection and restoration, among others. Town Administrator, Paul Sagarino, shared his support stating, “As our nation makes its way into a post-pandemic world, it’s essential that towns and cities start to restructure their infrastructure to match the needs of their residents and local businesses. In Burlington, we are taking those steps.”
As Economic Development Director Melisa Tintocalis explains, “the Mass Development grant will help us kick off a process that will explore redevelopment in commercial areas with ‘underperforming asphalt’ and plan for more walkable infill villages in the future that strategically mix elements with added density to make for a successful and resilient Burlington for the next generation.”