Archives Guide ~ Neighborhood Development (Public Facilities Department) (7600)

Historical note

Chapter 642 of the Acts of 1966 established the Public Facilities Department for the more efficient and economical construction and alterations of municipal buildings. The Department of School Buildings was abolished and its functions in part were transferred to the Public Facilities Department and to the School Committee. The Public Facilities Department is under charge of a board known as the Public Facilities Commission appointed by the Mayor. The Public Facilities Department merged with the City’s Neighborhood Development and Employment Agency in the fall of 1985. In December of 1992, the Office of Capital Planning was incorporated into the department.

By Chapter 6 of the Ordinances of 1994, pursuant to St. 1953, c. 473, the powers and duties of the Real Property Department’s Property Division, created by the Real Property Board under the authority of St. 1943, c. 434 were transferred to the Public Facilities Department. By Chapter 6 of the Ordinances of 1994, pursuant to St. 1953, c. 473, the Alterations and Repair Unit within the Construction and Repair Division of the Public Facilities Department, and the functions and duties of the Enforcement and Communications programs were transferred to the Real Property Department. The Real Property Department was renamed the Property
Management Department by section 3 of this ordinance.

In November of 1997, the agency changed its name from the Public Facilities Department to the Department of Neighborhood Development (DND) to better clarify its functions to the public. The name Public Facilities Department was retained for all legal purposes.



7600.001 Correspondence 1966-1980 30 record cartons

Scope and Contents note
Incoming and outgoing correspondence of the Director of the Public Facilities Department. Arranged by month and year.



7600.002 Subject files 1984 December-1987 April 4 record cartons

Scope and Contents note
Subject/correspondence files of the Director of the Public Facilities Department. Arranged alphabetically, includes files regarding property disposition, construction projects, programs, etc.



7600.003 Archives Survey project files 1985-1987 6 record cartons

Scope and Contents note
Records of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission grant funded archives survey project to conduct a retrospective citywide survey of departmental records. Includes inventories, site visit notes, interviews, departmental history research notes, statistics, administrative and financial records.



7600.004 Publications 1974-1991 27 volumes

Scope and Contents note
Publications produced by the Public Facilities Department. Includes publications of the Rebuilding Boston program from 1986-1991.



4300.001 Project files

Scope and Contents note
See Property and Construction Management project files.



7620 Neighborhood Development and Employment Agency (NDEA )

Historical note
Created by the Mayor in August of 1980, the Neighborhood Development Agency (NDA) became the administrator of the federal Community Development Block Grant, thereby consolidating the previous activities of a number of different City agencies into one. The NDA was the City’s planning and development agency for neighborhoods outside the downtown core area. The goals of the NDA were to strengthen the economic base of the City and to build that base to create jobs, generate tax revenue, reduce energy consumption and improve
housing.

The Neighborhood Development and Employment Agency was created in early 1982 through the consolidation of the Neighborhood Development Agency and the Employment and Economic Policy Administration (EEPA). The goal of the consolidation was to maximize the efficient use of federal resources in neighborhood economic development activities, housing rehabilitation and job training and employment services for residents of Boston. The Public Facilities Department merged with the City’s Neighborhood Development and Employment
Agency in the fall of 1985.


7620.001 Records circa 1980-1985 14 record cartons and 1 document case

Scope and Contents note
Includes administrative files, financial records, applications, case files and project publicity files. This collection is unprocessed.


7620.002 Housing Improvement Program records circa 1970-1986 32 record cartons

Scope and Contents note
Includes administrative records, financial records, subject files, etc. Also includes records of the Urban Homesteading Program. This collection is unprocessed.



7640 Employment and Economic Policy Administration (EEPA)

Historical note
The Employment and Economic Policy Administration, created in 1977 by Mayor Kevin H. White, assumed responsibility for all federal grants received by the city for direct employment and job training. The EEPA administered the Comprehensive Employment & Training Act of 1974 (CETA). In early 1982, EEPA merged with the Neighborhood Development Agency (NDA) and became the Neighborhood Development and Employment Agency (NDEA).


7640.001 Records circa 1974-1984 84 record cartons and 7 volumes

Scope and Contents note
Includes administrative files, contract files, program files, grants, correspondence and financial records of the EEPA. This collection is unprocessed.



7650 Community Development, Mayor's Office of (OCD )

Historical note
The Mayor's Office of Community Development was created in 1974 to oversee and help formulate programs funded under federal Housing and Urban Development "block grants". OCD utilized other city departments with particular expertise in certain areas as its performing agencies, while it insured that the funds granted to the city were expended in accordance with HUD and other review agencies. OCD also undertook program evaluation for the purpose of improving the effectiveness of the city's community development plan. OCD was the subject of a number of mergers over the next few years in response to changing regulations and community needs. As part of the Mayor's Office of Planning and Development, it became part of the Neighborhood Development and Employment Agency in 1982 during a consolidation of the Neighborhood Development Agency and the Employment and Economic Policy Administration. By 1985, NDEA itself would be absorbed into the Public Facilities Department.


7650.001 Records 1973-1984 29 record cartons

Scope and Contents note
Includes administrative files, program files, Director's files, subject files, correspondence and photographs. This collection is unprocessed.