April 7, 2011

A New Vision for a Vacant Auto Dealership

Community Planning Workshop to bring together planning experts from around the country to offer pro bono assistance in creating a new vision for the old Cote Ford site.

CHICAGO —The old Cote Ford properties in the Boston neighborhood of Mattapan have been vacant since 1993. Two blocks from the Mattapan Square business district, the 150,000 square foot multi-parcel brownfield site presents an opportunity to envision new uses for the young, working-class neighborhood.

Planners from around the country will volunteer their time to work side-by-side with community stakeholders on Saturday, April 9, 2011, as part of the American Planning Association's (APA) Community Planning Workshop. The goal of the day-long workshop is to establish a foundation for the planning and development of the former Cote Ford properties. Mattapan stakeholders and community leaders will be able to use the outcomes of the workshop to continue to create and implement a new vision for the vacant space.

The Cote Ford properties present a number of planning challenges and opportunities including brownfield remediation and reuse, transit-oriented development, economic and urban reinvestment, and sustainability. The neighborhood can use the vacant site to spur economic development and expand the role of the proposed new Blue Hill Avenue/Cummins Highway Station that will be part of the Fairmount Line.

Workshop participants will tour the Mattapan neighborhood Saturday morning, including a walking tour of the Cote Ford site. The afternoon will be spent working in groups with community representatives to draft a vision and foundation plan for reusing the site. Each of the groups will present their work late Saturday afternoon. A final report will be produced following the workshop and available at: www.planning.org/communityassistance/.

The Community Planning Workshop is sponsored by APA's professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners. The workshop is held in conjunction with APA's National Planning Conference being held in Boston from April 9-12.


Roberta Rewers, APA Public Affairs; 312-786-6395; rrewers@planning.org