Landscape Architecture | Planning | Urban Design

Columbia Point Master Plan

Boston, MA


CSS developed a Master Plan for this mixed-use district on Boston’s waterfront encompassing several large parcels planned for mixed-use redevelopment, in addition to an MBTA air-rights parcel and a number of institutional uses – such as the JFK Library, the University of Massachusetts Boston Campus, Boston College High School and the Massachusetts State Archives -all of which have expansion plans. The Master Plan provides an overall vision for the project area, recommended infrastructure improvements to support desired development, and design guidelines. Two major roadways through the district were downsized to create adjacent development parcels, landscaped open space and multi-use paths. At full build-out, the plan will result in 1500 new jobs and a $17 million increase in annual property taxes to the City of Boston.

This Plan represented the BRA’s first Master Plan to be evaluated for LEED status; the BRA’s preliminary analysis indicated that the developments recommended and illustrated in the plan can achieve LEED Gold.

The plan received the 2011 Comprehensive Plan Award from the American Planning Association Boston Chapter.

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