Since 2008 HBI has pursued transformative preservation projects in Boston’s neighborhood commercial districts with a goal of helping to preserve iconic mixed used buildings while supporting community economic development priorities. Between 2007 and 2013, Fields Corner in Dorchester and Cleary and Logan Squares in Hyde Park were focus areas for HBI’s work, which generated more than $3.4 million of real estate development activity and other investments.
In 2015, Historic Boston’s Board of Directors and Staff updated the organization’s strategic plan with two chief objectives: 1) to identify historic properties in Boston’s neighborhoods for redevelopment; and 2) to determine the impact goals HBI preservation projects and activities would have on the city. From this three themes emerged:
The three neighborhoods that emerged as most in line with the new strategy are:
Upham’s Corner in Dorchester, one of the City’s most in-tact late 19th century neighborhood business districts, where rehabilitation of underutilized historic buildings can build on the groundbreaking plans for development along the Fairmount/Indigo Line Corridor and expand economic opportunity through new spaces for small business, artist studios, and housing.
Central and Maverick Squares in East Boston, where preservation-based redevelopment can help retain local character and help the traditional business districts and cultural heart of the neighborhood meet the explosion of new development along the neighborhood’s waterfront.
The western edge of Allston Village at Cambridge Street, where there has been considerable focus on new transportation investments in both commuter rail and Massachusetts Turnpike improvements. The cluster of historic buildings near the Richardsonian railroad depot (now Pizzeria Regina) presents an opportunity for preservation rehabilitation to define a new plan for several blocks of low-scale auto repair facilities.