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Mystic Valley Parkway Green Line
  Community Visioning Process

           Pre-Meeting

         November 2, 2011
                               1
Overview

Presentation Will Cover:
  • Overview of the Green Line project

  • Potential station area for Mystic Valley Parkway

  • Purpose of this study

  • Recap of previous meetings


                                                       2
Green Line Extension Project Area




3
Mystic Valley Parkway Project Area




4
Mystic Valley Parkway Visioning Process

This process identifies:
   • Land use changes that are possible within the station area
   • Benefits from a station and associated transit-oriented
   development
   • Potential impacts and mitigation measures
   • Recommendations for the two cities and MassDOT

This process isn’t:
   • An assessment of whether or not the Green Line should be
   extended
   • A study providing more information on the Phase I Green Line
   Extension
   • An engineering study
                                                                  5
Public Engagement Process
                                                                           Tonight’s Meeting




    Issue        Community            Community                Community           Draft
Identification   Questions           Opportunities               Vision       Recommendations




                              Continuous Public Involvement


                             Continuous Stakeholder Outreach




                                                                                        6

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Powerpoint Presentation from the Final Green Line Extension Community Visioning Process Meeting on 11.2.11

  • 1. Mystic Valley Parkway Green Line Community Visioning Process Pre-Meeting November 2, 2011 1
  • 2. Overview Presentation Will Cover: • Overview of the Green Line project • Potential station area for Mystic Valley Parkway • Purpose of this study • Recap of previous meetings 2
  • 3. Green Line Extension Project Area 3
  • 4. Mystic Valley Parkway Project Area 4
  • 5. Mystic Valley Parkway Visioning Process This process identifies: • Land use changes that are possible within the station area • Benefits from a station and associated transit-oriented development • Potential impacts and mitigation measures • Recommendations for the two cities and MassDOT This process isn’t: • An assessment of whether or not the Green Line should be extended • A study providing more information on the Phase I Green Line Extension • An engineering study 5
  • 6. Public Engagement Process Tonight’s Meeting Issue Community Community Community Draft Identification Questions Opportunities Vision Recommendations Continuous Public Involvement Continuous Stakeholder Outreach 6
  • 8. Mystic Valley Parkway Green Line Community Visioning Process Public Meeting #5 November 2, 2011 8
  • 9. Public Involvement Process Stakeholder Interviews February 16 Outcome Public Meeting #1 List of Topics to be Kick-Off and Topic Explored in Meeting #2 Meetings with Cities Identification March 30 Outcome Public Meeting #2 Questions Answered Topics from Meeting 1 Community Questions and Concerns Responded To Information on Transit May 17 Public Meeting #3 Outcome Oriented Development Understand Key Community Assets Community Assets and Preference Poll and Preferences Visual Preferences June 23 Outcome Assets and Preferences Public Meeting #4 Series of land from Meeting 3 Community Visioning use/development scenarios November 2 Scenarios from Outcome Public Meeting #5 Meeting 4 Set of Recommendations Recommendations to Cities and MassDOT 9
  • 10. Agenda Tonight’s Agenda • Presentation of draft recommendations • Opportunity for Q&A and comment • Meeting evaluation and next steps 10
  • 12. Are you ready for the holidays? 1. Yes, it’s my favorite time of the year 0% 2. Yes, I could use a few days of vacation 0% 3. No, it means winter is approaching 0% 4. No, I’m already behind on my holiday shopping 0% 5. None of the above 0% 10 0 of 200 12
  • 13. Which category below best describes you? Previous Pick one Meeting ---------- 1. A concerned resident 0% 51% 2. Government (City, Town, State, or Federal) 0% 6% 3. Business/property owner 0% 26% 4. Non-profit organizations and advocacy groups 0% 9% 5. Other 0% 9% 10 0 of 200 13
  • 14. Where do you live? Previous Meeting 1. Medford ---------- 0% 56% 2. Somerville 0% 22% 3. Arlington 0% 6% 4. Cambridge 0% 3% 5. Winchester 0% 0% 6. Boston 0% 7. Other 0% 0% 14% 10 0 of 200 14
  • 15. Do you own a home or rent? Previous Meeting 1. I own a single family home ---------- 0% 57% 2. I own a multi-family home (e.g., two-family or triple-decker) 0% 24% 3. I own a condominium or townhouse 0% 3% 4. I rent my home 0% 16% 5. Other (none) 0% 0% 10 0 of 200 15
  • 16. How long have you lived in the Medford, Previous Somerville, Arlington, or Cambridge area? Meeting ---------- 1. 0 - 1 Year 0% 3% 2. 2 - 5 Years 0% 14% 3. 6 - 10 Years 0% 14% 4. 11 - 20 Years 0% 28% 5. 20+ Years 0% 31% 6. I live in another municipality 0% 11% 10 0 of 200 16
  • 17. What is your age? Previous Meeting 1. 0 – 19 ---------- 0% 0% 2. 20 – 29 0% 6% 3. 30 – 39 0% 17% 4. 40 – 49 0% 25% 5. 50 – 59 0% 22% 6. 60 – 69 0% 22% 7. 70 or Better 0% 8% 10 0 of 200 17
  • 18. Previous How do you identify yourself? Meeting ---------- 1. White 0% 91% 2. Black or African American 0% 0% 3. Hispanic or Latino 0% 3% 4. Asian 0% 3% 5. Other 0% 3% 6. Two or more 0% 0% 10 0 of 200 18
  • 19. Have you attended a Green Line Extension meeting before? Previous Meeting 1. Yes ---------- 0% 84% 2. No 0% 16% 10 0 of 200 19
  • 20. Recap Meeting #4 – Community Vision Meeting Purpose: • Develop a series of land use scenarios for the study area • Understand benefits and impacts • Inform MAPC’s understanding of the community’s preferences Feedback Received: • Create more open space • Strong connectivity between new development and surrounding area • Consider neighborhood character • Mixing uses is good • More senior housing is needed • Keep Whole Foods as neighborhood anchor 20
  • 21. Vision A well-connected, walkable, bike-able, neighborhood scale station area that provides new opportunities for mixed-income housing, job creation, increased tax revenue, and access to quality public transit. New development must knit into the fabric of the existing neighborhood and provide opportunities for increasing access to affordable housing and quality jobs. Connectivity from the surrounding area is critical in making the station a part of the neighborhood. 21
  • 22. Focus Area Sites 4 T 1 3 2
  • 24. Focus Area 1 Vision for Potential Changes: • Allow for up to four floors of mixed-use development • First floor mix of retail and office space • Up to three floors of residential above • Create open space at corner of Mystic Valley Parkway and Boston Avenue Example Images Three-Floor Mixed-Use Four-Floor Mixed-Use http://www.homedesignfind.com 24
  • 26. Focus Area 2 Vision for Potential Changes: • Allow for up to three floors of office/R&D development • First floor could include small café/restaurant space • Smaller parking structure to support new development Example Images Three-Floor Office Building Three-Floor Office Building 26
  • 28. Focus Area 3 Vision for Potential Changes: • Allow for up to four floors of senior affordable housing • Allow for construction of affordable townhomes on site • Consolidate senior units into fewer buildings, more open space • Reconstruct new community center for residents on site Example Images Four-Story Senior Housing Townhomes 28
  • 30. Focus Area 4 Vision for Potential Changes: • Allow for up to six floors of mixed-use development • Ground floor Whole Foods and small retail space • Up to four floors of residential above • Mix of underground and surface parking Example Images Six-Floor Mixed-Use Six-Floor Mixed-Use http://www.rainiervalleypost.com http://www.prlog.org 30
  • 31. Potential Benefits Potential New Housing Units: • 117 market-rate units • 55 new senior affordable units • 4 new low-income family townhome units Potential Sq.Ft. of Office/Commercial: • 50,000 Sq.Ft. of commercial • 67,000 Sq.Ft. of office Potential Economic Development: • 240 new jobs • Double tax revenue Potential Homeowner Equity: • $25 million in added home equity 31
  • 33. Land Use and Zoning • Changes to existing land use regulations (zoning) would be needed to allow for the types of development which would lead to the realization of the vision • Design guidelines and a design review process can help to ensure new development respects existing neighborhood character 33
  • 34. Managing Neighborhood Change Concerns We Heard: • Green Line Extension to Mystic Valley Parkway may increase housing values, which may raise property taxes and may displace residents who may be low-income or on a fixed income (such as seniors) Displacement Could Impact: • Low-income homeowners or homeowners on a fixed-income • Low-income renters or renters on a fixed-income • Homeowners on a fixed-income who want to maintain ownership of their home to pass on to their heirs 34
  • 35. Managing Neighborhood Change Homeowners: • 48% of housing units within a half-mile radius are owner- occupied (2,064 units) • Approximately 35% of homeowners within a half-mile radius spend more than 30% of household income on housing costs (Cost Burdened) • 35% of homeowners over the age of 65 are cost burdened • 65% of all homeowners over the age of 65 do not have a mortgage on their home 35
  • 36. Managing Neighborhood Change Renters: • 52% of housing units in the study area are rentals • Approximately 44% of renters are considered cost burdened • 53% of all cost burdened renters are over the age of 65 36
  • 37. Managing Neighborhood Change Homeowners on a Fixed-Income: • Circuit Breaker – State program, tax credit to reduce overall property tax bill for qualified 65 and older homeowners • Accessory Dwelling Unit Bylaw – Homeowners can construct small accessory housing unit on property, could rent for income or use as own residence and rent/sell main house • Add More Affordable Housing – Construct more senior affordable housing, adopt inclusionary zoning • Weatherization Program – Funding to help retrofit existing homes to make them more energy efficient, helps save money on heating and cooling costs 37
  • 38. Managing Neighborhood Change Potential Impacts on Housing Costs: • Assessed single family home values could increase by up to 15% in the area • A 15% increase in single family home assessed value could generate on average $47k in additional home equity Measures to Ease Property Tax Increase • Estimated property tax increase of $550 • Weatherization program can save $350/year on home heating costs • Circuit breaker, and other policy programs could help ease increased property tax 38
  • 39. Managing Neighborhood Change Renters on a Fixed-Income: • Preservation of Existing Units – Deed restrictions, tax incentives to encourage preservation, utilize low-income tax credits to preserve affordability of units • Construct additional senior housing at Walkling Court • Adopt Inclusionary Zoning • Condo Conversion Ordinance – Assistance to renters whose unit is being converted to ownership. Creates notice requirements, relocation assistance, and moving cost assistance 39
  • 40. Increase Improve Walk Time at Lighting and Intersection Streetscape Increase Open Space and Walking Paths Improve Walking Connectivity Increase Improve Walk Time at Mid-Block Intersection Crossings 40
  • 41. Transportation • Pedestrian and Bicycle Infrastructure • Install pedestrian countdown signals at all intersections with vehicular signals • Upgrade sidewalk ramps to ADA accessibility standards • Install Sharrows along Boston Avenue • Complete shared-use pathway improvements along Mystic River • Ensure adequate and safe bicycle parking in the station area 41
  • 42. Economic Development Recommendations for Expanding Economic Development • Cities should continue business loan and storefront improvement programs, target funds to station areas • Encourage formation of retail association in West Medford Square, extended to cover Boston Avenue • Initiate dialogue with Tufts University Office for Technology Licensing and Industry Collaboration, determine office needs and unmet demand • Invest in streetscape and enhancements to increase overall visual attractiveness of the area 42
  • 43. Conclusion • Green Line Extension to Mystic Valley Parkway will create new transportation choices and increase access to jobs and housing • Vision for the station area has the potential to create additional housing units, jobs and tax base for both cities and their residents • Extension is not without impacts. Vehicle trips will increase with new development and property taxes in the area are likely to increase • Strategies and policies can be put in place to mitigate impacts to the extent possible 43
  • 45. Meeting #4 – Meeting Evaluation Meeting Evaluation 45
  • 46. Did today’s event improve your understanding of the topics presented? 1. Definitely 0% 2. Somewhat 0% 3. A little 0% 4. Not really 0% 10 0 of 200 46
  • 47. How did today’s event make you feel about the possible extension of the Green Line to MVP? 1. Excited 0% 2. Optimistic 0% 3. So So 0% 4. Pessimistic 0% 10 0 of 200 47
  • 48. How would you rate the overall effectiveness of the meeting? 1. Very Effective 0% 2. Good 0% 3. OK 0% 4. Needs Improvement 0% 5. Poorly Managed 0% 10 0 of 200 48
  • 49. Thank you for your participation! Draft Report Will Be Released Soon Followed by a 15-Day Comment Period Ways to provide comments: • Comment forms from tonight’s meeting • Email: glx@mapc.org • Website: www.mass.gov/greenlineextension OR www.mapc.org • Mail: Metropolitan Area Planning Council, 60 Temple Place, Boston, MA 02111 • Phone: 617-451-2770 49