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Downtown Lynn Team of Advisors Presentation, April 10, 2013


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Presentation from the "Build on the Vision for Downtown Lynn" Team of Advisors Meeting held on April 10, 2013 at Lynn City Hall in Massachusetts. For more information about this project, please visit

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Downtown Lynn Team of Advisors Presentation, April 10, 2013

  1. 1. Build on the Vision for Downtown LynnTeam of Advisors Meeting 38:00-10:00am, Wednesday, April 10, 2013Lynn City Hall Room 302, 3 City Hall SquareLynn, Massachusetts 01901
  2. 2. Agenda8:00-8:10: Introductions and updates8:10-8:40: Progress updates and what’s next8:40-9:10: Saturday’s field survey9:10-9:40: Project conclusion and afterward9:40-10:00: Open discussion
  3. 3. Progress update and what’s nextOur conversations with the community
  4. 4. MAPC has met with…• Team of Advisors• City departments, agencies, and officials• Downtown businesses, business associations, anddevelopers• Community-based nonprofit and religiousorganizations• Arts and cultural organizations• Academic and health institutions• Residents
  5. 5. What we have heard:Community leadership and coordination• Pride for Lynn and enthusiasm for its future• City and agency staff show up when invited• Lynn nonprofits offer many resources• Communication, coordination not transparent• Need to cultivate more community leaders
  6. 6. What we have heard:Development Successes and Challenges• City has made targeted investments• Zoning is dated, confusing, sometimescontradictory, both restrictive andpermissive• Fear that zoning changes will lead to lossof control• Permitting and enforcement uneven• Lack of predictability for developers,investors• Big picture, coordinated approach neededfor planning and development
  7. 7. What we have heard:Downtown assets and challenges• Desire to make Downtown an arts, culture,dining destination• Need to embrace existing destinationbusinesses• Need to capitalize on location• Embrace Downtown’s diversity• Lynn’s subsidized housing is concentrated here• Need to increase tax base and disposableincome flowing through Downtown
  8. 8. MAPC would like to meet with:• City Councilors• Lynn Nonprofit Business Association• Downtown Lynn Neighborhood Association• Seniors• Youth• Developers and real estate professionals• Anyone else that we missed?
  9. 9. Project event datesSaturday, April 13, 10:00am-4:00pm:Downtown Lynn Field SurveyThursday, April 25, 6:00-8:00pm:MAPC at DTLcd Community CollectiveThursday, May 23, 6:00-9:00pm:Build on the Vision for Downtown Lynn Public ForumTuesday, June 11, 8:00pm:MAPC presentation to Lynn City Council (tentative)Monday, June 24, 6:00pm:Project conclusion and celebration, details TBD
  10. 10. Field survey & property databaseWhat can data do for Downtown Lynn?
  11. 11. Project conclusion & afterwardWhere are we headed?
  12. 12. Open discussion