City and Urban Land Institute Announce Squire Road Urban Planning Workshop

Journal Special

On Wednesday, July 13, the Town of Revere and the Urban Land Institute will co-host an urban planning workshop focusing on Squire Road and its ability to accommodate multimodal access to enable and connect mixed uses along the corridor.

Squire Road (Route 60) in Revere is a major artery that serves as an essential connection for commuters traveling to and from Revere from Route 1, Route 16 and Route 107. The trade corridor is an important economic pipeline for the economy and local Revere workforce. , with some of the city’s largest employers located on the corridor. Directly adjoining residential neighborhoods and serving as a link for thousands of regional commuters, there are endless opportunities to develop Squire Road in ways that improve traffic patterns and strategically plan business and labor opportunities.

“Squire Road has long needed a strategic plan to accommodate the growth of the city,” said Mayor Brian Arrigo. “Looking at this business district from a different perspective is necessary to move this city forward and we are grateful for the help of the Urban Land Institute on this project.”

Planners have identified development opportunities along the Squire Road Corridor, including vacant and developable lots, green space opportunities, employment-generating developments; improving local and regional transport; and opportunities for improved urban design with the potential to improve access to neighborhoods and improve multimodal connectivity for commuters and pedestrians.

One-day planning workshop deliverables:

• Identify opportunities to improve the diversification of the region’s housing, retail and commercial offer; as well as defining clear urban design goals that reimagine the corridor’s identity as a candidate for smart growth that complements adjacent neighborhoods.

• Review existing corridor zoning related to the applicability of better land use planning for Squire Road to position it for development opportunities that would transform it into an attractive and accessible mixed-use corridor.

• Improve roadway infrastructure for residents walking and cycling to and from the area to connect safely to shops, jobs, recreational facilities and the Northern Strand Community Trail.

• Improve transit access by adding additional bus stops for bus routes into and through the corridor.

• Recommend initial “quick wins” and programmatic/funding strategies to generate momentum for follow-up planning efforts.

The Urban Land Institute’s Technical Assistance Panel runs one-day workshops for 6-12 panel members with expertise in real estate development, investments, urban design and engineering for communities looking to improve commercial areas. Participants can send an e-mail [email protected] to participate in the 11:00 a.m. workshop, followed by a presentation the same evening at 7:00 p.m. for the public and elected municipal officials. For more information on this planning initiative, please visit the City of Revere Department of Planning and Community Development page at www.revere.org.

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