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With Community Contract Millennium Ten looks to continue growth in Codman Square and Four Corners

Posted by Patrick Rosso  March 19, 2013 03:46 PM

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After more than two-years of planning, the grass roots initiative Millennium Ten will unveil its Community Contract for Dorchester’s Codman Square and Four Corner neighborhoods.

The Local Initiatives Support Corporation funded planning process seeks to help the reemerging area create a comprehensive plan for the next decade.

With the Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation acting as the “lead agency,” residents have been surveyed, meetings have been held, and the community has generated ideas and answers.

Combined into a presentation that will be given Wednesday night, the Community Contract lays out what the community has said it wants over the past two years and the strategies that it can use to achieve that.

“We’re trying to bring back to the community what was produced,” said Jenna Tourje, lead organizer. “We want to show the people what was developed and where it’s going.”

Starting with the formation of a Steering Committee in the spring of 2011, local residents and organizations were brought together to provide input about the issues facing the neighborhood.

From surveys and conversations with residents, Working Groups were established around the physical environment of the neighborhood, safety, economic development, the youth, and connectivity and communication.

As the Working Groups met and more community meetings were held Change Areas were created and strategies were generated about how to tackle them.

From creating a thriving “village” to being the greenest neighborhood in the city, the plan lays out the ideas, how to implement them, who they will be implemented by, and how long they should take.

Although money and time will always be a factor when tackling any challenges in a neighborhood, the plan estimates that one strategy in each Change Area will be implemented within six months.

“We want the community to keep the momentum going,” said Tourje.

Eventually LISC’s grant will run out, but Tourje said Millennium Ten will still continue, but it won’t be like traditional neighborhood groups.

“We’re going to be less of an organization and more of an advisory board on the work that’s getting done,” said Tourje. “We’re going to be supporting the implementation of strategies and keep the vision alive and bring people to the table.”

Millennium Ten will hold an unveiling of its Community Contract on Wednesday, March 20, from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. at the Codman Academy Black Box located at 637 Washington St.

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