2020 Infrastructure and Economic Development Projects

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Here is a preview of many of the infrastructure and economic development projects the Department of Planning and Development has planned for 2020.This article is also availble in Spanish.

Reimagining Broadway

As part of the Broadway planning study, the City plans to implement a pilot shared bus/bike lane on Broadway in the Summer of 2020. The shared bus/bike lane will run down Broadway, from Washington Avenue to Third Street. The City will work with the MBTA and community members to conduct outreach before launching the pilot.

Municipal Harbor Plan

The Department is finalizing a comprehensive municipal harbor plan for Chelsea Creek and Marginal Street. After state review, the plan and related zoning amendments will be submitted to the City Council in early 2020.

The plan focuses on spurring sustainable business development, job growth, and the expansion of public space and amenities for residents. 

Storefront Improvement Pilot Program

The Department of Planning and Development, in partnership with the Chelsea Business Foundation and Chelsea Restoration Corp., has launched a pilot program to provide funding for signage enhancements, awnings, and lighting upgrades. Six (6) businesses were awarded funds through the program. Already, an attractive new sign has been installed at Rodeo Restaurant (142 Broadway). Be on the lookout for further improvements in the coming months.

Business Assistance Grant Pilot Program

To continue the recent progress throughout the Broadway corridor, the City has created a new, flexible grant program to assist businesses. Through the Business Assistance Grant Pilot Program, the Department of Planning and Development and Chelsea Business Foundation will provide five (5) grants, up to $5,000 per business, and technical assistance. Applications are undergoing review at this time.

440 Broadway Redevelopment

The Department is planning to redevelop 440 Broadway, formerly the Salvation Army, to stimulate the creation of housing and retail space in the Broadway corridor.

The Department will seek zoning approval for a project with retail space on the ground floor and 16 housing units above, then release an RFF for the redevelopment.

For more information, please contact the Department of Planning and Development at 617-466-4180 or atrain@chelseama.gov; or Karl Allen, Economic Development Specialist, at 617-466-4190 or kallen@chelseama.gov.