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Fenway CDC looking for residents' opinions to develop Urban Village Plan

Posted by Johanna Kaiser  February 12, 2013 02:29 PM

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The Fenway Community Development Corporation is working in the early stages of a grassroots planning initiative to expand and re-envision its Urban Village Plan and wants to hear from neighborhood residents.

The Urban Village Plan is a long-range, resident-initiated vision for the Fenway neighborhood created in 2000 as a proactive community response to the Red Sox proposal to expand Fenway Park and has guided much of the Fenway CDC’s work and is referenced by developers and city official, according to the organization.

But now, the organization wants to know what neighborhood issues are concerns for residents so it can revise and expand its plan through a comprehensive, community led planning initiative.

“The neighborhood is currently under siege by private market-rate development, and universities that are growing without taking community needs into consideration. Families and low-income residents are being priced out of the Fenway, and the neighborhood’s character and diversity is being threatened,” Fenway CDC writes in a notice about the initiative.

Fenway CDC is asking residents to complete a survey online and attend one of three upcoming community meetings in the West Fens, East Fens, and Longwood Medical Area.

The West Fens meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. on the 9th floor of Fenway Health at 1340 Boylston St.

The East Fens meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. at St. Cecilia’s Parish Hall located at 18 Belvidere St.

The Longwood Medical Area meeting is planned for April, but a date and location have not been set.

To learn more, RSVP to the meetings, or request a paper survey, residents can contact Fenway CDC’s community Planner Lilly Jacobson at ljacobson@fenwaycdc.org or (617) 267-4637 x16.

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