The City hopes to issue a request for proposal (RFP) for redeveloping the Art Park site, which is City-owned land between Parker and Terrace Streets, sometime late this month or early February. Before then, the City wants to get approval from the City Council to sell several parcels on the site.
The site currently contains community gardens and the Art Park. The redeveloped site would have a larger gardening area and housing and might contain art elements. There have been many critics of the plan, especially against any housing along Parker Street.
The Art Park is an area with murals, mosaic footpath tiles and colorful furniture. The park would be dismantled, but there might be elements throughout the new site.
The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) and the Department of Neighborhood Development (DND) are working together to find a developer for the site, which will be a “green building” project. The City has a similar “green building” project in the works on Highland Avenue in Roxbury. Urbanica, Inc. has been picked to develop that project.
But before any changes come to the site, the City will need to receive the City Council’s approval for 4 of the 11 city-owned parcels there. John Feuerbach of the DND said the City is working with City Councilor Mike Ross, who lives in and represents Mission Hill, and does not expect any trouble in getting the approval.