For Immediate Release
November 08, 2010
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Mayor Thomas M. Menino today announced Boston Main Streets would expand to Mattapan Square, making it the nationally renowned program’s twentieth designated neighborhood commercial district since it was first established in Roslindale in 1985 by then city councilor Menino. A Mattapan Square Main Streets Board of Directors will be formed in the coming weeks, which will subsequently hire an executive director, and the entity will ultimately be tasked with strengthening business development, boosting job creation, facilitating storefront improvements, promoting a vibrant neighborhood commercial district, and increasing services and the overall quality of life in the district.
The Department of Neighborhood Development’s Office of Business Development, which coordinates all Boston Main Streets districts, will provide the new district with access to City programs, services and resources.
“Mattapan Square is a great location for the next Main Street district here in Boston, with its concentration of businesses and its potential for a successful shopping district that brings people here to dine and shop,” said Mayor Thomas M. Menino. “I’m grateful to the neighborhood leaders with whom we have worked very hard for a long time to get this done. It is their deep commitment to this community that will make Mattapan Square Main Streets a terrific success.”
In response to a longtime desire on the part of the community for economic development opportunities, the Department of Neighborhood Development issued a Request for Proposals for a Mattapan Square Main Streets district last spring. Final designation was granted at the end of the summer.
Developed in 1995 in partnership between the City of Boston and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Boston Main Streets initiative was created as the first urban, multi-district Main Streets program in the nation, designed to empower individuals in the small business sector to have a direct role in the economic health, physical appearance, and development of their community. Named by the Pew Partnership for Civic Change as one of 19 “Solutions for America,” Boston Main Streets has since served as a national model to urban areas seeking to revitalize neighborhood commercial districts, including Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Milwaukee, Detroit, and New Orleans.