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Community to continue discussion on the future of South Bay Shopping Center

Posted by Patrick Rosso  April 1, 2013 10:37 AM

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Residents and stakeholders interested in the future of the South Bay Shopping Center in Dorchester will again come together for a community discussion.

This is the second time residents and business owners under the banner Citizen’s Connect to South Bay, have held a charrette, which is a citizen planning session that usually revolves around a major development.

The meeting will be held Saturday, Apr. 6, from 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the Plumbers Hall at 1240 Massachusetts Ave.

The charrette was first organized after a conceptual expansion plan generated by Samuels and Associates, the developers that built the mall in the 1990s, was discussed at a 2011 meeting of the McCormack Civic Association.

However, a representative for Samuels and Associates told Boston.com in March that at the moment the group has no expansion plans.

"The plans the community are looking at are something we did years ago," Diana Pisciotta, a spokesperson for Samuels and Associates, told Boston.com "[The expansion] is something we are not pursuing. It's possible that at some point we may look to expand, but we have no real plans at the moment."

While no plans are on the table, the charrette still gives residents a chance to plan for the future of the shopping center and have a broad discussion about the neighborhood’s relationship with it.

At the first charrette in early March green space, congestion, and traffic were on the minds of many.

Some called for more mixed use development that supports local entrepreneurs, in addition to a push from some residents for less asphalt, more parks, and traffic calming measures.

At Saturday’s meeting residents are expected to continue discussions on what community supported expansion of the center would look like and what the community’s priorities are.

To read more about the first charrette, click here.

To find out more about Citizens Connect to South Bay, click here.

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