By signing onto a Community Compact agreement with the Baker-Polito Administration in March 2016, Mayor Stephanie M. Burke began the implementation of safer streets throughout our community to provide access for all pedestrians (including those needing handicap accessibility), bicyclists, motorists, and users of public transportation.
The City was one of the first recipients of a Complete Streets grant from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation for $400,000 to fund several Complete Streets projects on High Street, Salem Street, Winthrop Circle and Boston Avenue. Beyond these specific projects, the agreement requires integrating Complete Streets concepts into all transportation improvements.
Mayor Burke appointed members of the community to a Complete Streets Committee that works diligently within the community to discuss areas of improvements, feedback on projects and brainstorm ideas moving forward. In collaboration with the City, the group is organizing a “Livable Community Workshop” on November 1st at 8 a.m. in the Alden Chambers at Medford City Hall.
The “Livable Community Workshop” is an educational and interactive forum that allows City employees, commissions and the public to learn more about Medford’s Complete Streets Initiative. “This workshop is a great way for residents to gain further insight into ongoing road projects throughout the City, positive ways in which these projects benefit residents, beneficial health outcomes and economic development for the community,” said Mayor Burke.
The keynote speaker for the event is Mark Fenton, a public health, planning, and transportation consultant and an adjunct associate professor at Tufts University. Mr. Fenton’s presentation will be followed by a group walk and an interactive discussion to help us understand the barriers to mobility in Medford and opportunities for meaningful improvement. Mr. Fenton has worked with communities around the country on mobility issues, engaging his audience and sharing his passion for the topic.
If you are interested in attending, please RSVP by Monday, October 30th at noon to Syrah McGivern at the Board of Health: 781-393-2560 / firstname.lastname@example.org.
CITY OF MEDFORD
OFFICE OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT
Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report
July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017
Notice is hereby given that the Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for the period of July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017 will available for public review and comment beginning September 14, 2017 at the Office of Community Development, City Hall, Room 308, Medford, MA. This report identifies the federal funds which were committed and expended during this period to further the objectives of the Consolidated Plan.
Written comments must be submitted no later than September 28, 2017 to Ashley Williams, CDBG Administrator, Office of Community Development, Room 308, City Hall, 85 George P. Hassett Drive, Medford, MA 02155.
CITY OF MEDFORD
COMMUNITY INFO SESSION
Complete Streets Project
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Roberts Elementary School Cafeteria – 5 Court St.
Residents and business-owners are invited to attend a community informational session that will review a proposal for a Complete Streets project in Haines Square. The proposed design will make improvements to both pedestrian and vehicular safety and streamline the traffic flow at the intersection of Spring St. and Salem St. Attendees will be given an opportunity to ask questions and give feedback on the proposal.
For more information about the proposal, including a map, visit www.medfordma.org/complete-streets.
For additional information, contact the City of Medford Engineering Department at 781-393-2476.
The City of Medford received $400,000 from the state to participate in the Complete Streets Program. This growing program, ‘complete streets’, is one that provides safe and accessible options for travel modes for all people, regardless of age or ability.
Each street that has been approved through the grant funding program, has its own unique need for improvement. Through the program, these projects can be used to improve lighting, radar speed signage, intersection signalization, new shared bike paths, designated bicycle lanes, ADA/AAB compliant curb ramps, transit signal prioritization, and transit pedestrian connection improvements such as ramps, signage, and new signals at crosswalks.
Roadwork for each complete street project is underway throughout the City and completion dates are tentatively scheduled; pending weather, contractor timelines, etc.
- High Street at Allston – Work is underway
- Auburn Street and High Street – Work is underway
- Winthrop Street Traffic Circle – Work began 9/12
- Salem Street at the Intersection of City Hall Mall Road and Main Street – Work began 9/6
- Boston Avenue – expected to begin the end of September, early October
Road repaving of High Street and a portion of Salem Street listed above will be repaved following the complete streets work.
Future projects that will be planned are the intersection of Spring Street and Salem Street as well as Tufts Square at the intersection of Main Street & Medford Street. A public hearing is scheduled for September 26th at the Roberts Elementary School.
The water improvement projects are set to take place over the next several weeks in various areas of the City. The contractor will begin the main work September 20th on Evans Street and then install a temporary line that will take approximately 6 weeks to complete. Salem Street and High Street are anticipated to be completed by October 17th. In addition, the water work on Grove Street will begin once the work on Evans Street is complete. Road restoration will follow the water main work on all streets listed.
As previously mentioned, the focus is to reconstruct main streets throughout the City with the funding available in an attentive manner. Details of the complete streets work can be found online at www.medford-ma.org/complete-streets/.
Meeting Notice and Agenda
Medford Community Development Board
September 13, 2017
The Medford Community Development Board will conduct a meeting on September 13, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. in Room 201, City Hall, 85 George P. Hassett Drive, Medford, MA.
Agenda items shall include:
– Meeting to Order
– Approval of the Minutes of June 7, 2017 and July 26, 2017
– ANR Plans for Review
– Site Plan Review Recommendation – 511-519 Broadway and 87 Medford Street
John DePriest, Chairman
Today, Mayor Stephanie M. Burke broke ground on the Riverside Ave. Plaza, which will become the new hub for arts, entertainment and a relaxing spot to stop and enjoy lunch. The new park will enhance passive recreation, cultural activities and provide a gathering space for public events in the heart of Medford Square.
The park, which abuts the Old Salem Street Burying Grounds, will feature views of surrounding landmarks as well as connections into the cemetery effectively merging the two together through pathways into an urban oasis. Revitalizing this 9,683-square foot space will serve as a key step in our continuous efforts to enhance Medford Square.
“This open space is our version of a common for the City,” said Mayor Burke. “Our goal is to have this be a gathering place for performances, arts and offers a unique way for residents to connect with pathways along the Mystic River, while spending time in our historic square.”
The design of the project will include the removal of the former bus shelter and transforming the area into a spacious, multi-level area. This space will be a fully handicap accessible park with new tree and low level plantings, seating and picnic areas, enhanced lighting, accommodating pavement for passive recreation and space suitable for events and more.
In addition, there will be signage throughout the park that will link visitors to the open space areas along the Mystic River, providing direction to walking and biking routes connecting to surrounding open spaces as well as sites of historic and cultural interest throughout the City.
Construction for necessary improvements of this space will cost $749,900.00 and funding has been awarded through a Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund Grant, State Chapter 90 Funds and City Linkage Funds. The contractor, Virgilio Construction, Inc. began construction this week at the new park site and the designer of the project plans is Crosby Slessinger Smallridge. We anticipate the project will be completed in the Spring of 2018 and will be overseen by the Office of Community Development and Engineering.