Fairmount Corridor — The Mass. Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) Fairmount Corridor Commuter Rail runs from South Station south through the Boston neighborhoods of Dorchester, Roxbury, Mattapan and terminates in the Readville section of Hyde Park. Consisting of approximately 9.2 miles of track and, until recently, only four stations – Uphams Corner, Morton Street, Fairmount, and Readville. More stations have been added/restored – Talbot Avenue, Four Corners and Newmarket – and at least one more station is in the works for Blue Hill Avenue. It is the only commuter rail branch that exclusively serves the City of Boston and MBTA’s Urban Core.
The Fairmount/Indigo Corridor Collaborative (FCC) is a campaign started in 2004 to expand the service on the Fairmount Line and to plan and create new economic opportunities to benefit those living within the Corridor and surrounding region. Some background on the FCC can be found here, and here is the FCC website. In 2012 the city of Boston initiated “… the Fairmount Indigo Planning Initiative, a two year Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) study to develop short and long term strategies for improving capital investment and job access along the 9.2 mile MBTA Fairmount Indigo commuter rail line…” UCMS has been an active member of the Fairmount Indigo Planning Initiative Upham’s Corner Working Advisory Group (WAG) along with the FCC, the MBTA, the BRA, and many other community partners and residents. Click on the image to see the November 2013 Fairmount WAG Executive Summary draft.
Columbia Road Construction Project
— The City of Boston Public Works Department scope of work for this $3 million project included pedestrian accessibility, upgraded traffic signals, new sidewalks, tree plantings, new street lighting, and way-finding signage. Adding synchronized signals will help with traffic calming and pedestrian safety, and public amenities include spaces for future public art. Click on the image to see the entire City of Boston Department of Public Works August 2013 community presentation.
St. Kevin’s Redevelopment
The former St. Kevin’s campus on Columbia Road between historic Pilgrim Church and the Bird Street Municipal Building was redeveloped with 80 units of mixed-income housing. The development includes three multi-story buildings, two newly constructed (35 Bird St and 530 Columbia St) and the adaptive reuse of one of the existing buildings (516 Columbia). Click on the image for more information on the project website.