As this story in today's Globe describes, the Allston/Brighton North Neighbors Forum recently took a big step forward by developing a framework plan for the future of the Holton St Corridor. This area, owned almost entirely by Harvard, is bounded by Western Ave on the north, Lincoln St on the south, Everett St to the east, and Litchfield & Antwerp to the west.
Too much of this land sits vacant or underutilized and while Harvard owns 27 acres in this part of North Brighton it has announced no plans for any of these properties, other than the 6 acres in the northwest corner designated for the relocation of Charlesview.
Instead of just sitting around waiting for a new plan from Charlesview that may or may not respond to the BRA's commendable Scoping Determination, the ABNNF is proactively proposing a better and more complete solution consistent with our goals to:
- Create new housing, retail, and parks
- Develop a lively and attractive Western Ave
- Connect the neighborhoods east of Everett and west of Litchfield
- Improve the quality of life for existing residents.
- Respect the needs of both pedestrians and automobiles
- Plan housing for renters and homeowners, families and others
To achieve these goals, the plan includes:
- Extending existing east-west streets and creating new streets that will run N-S
- Buildings with the appropriate height and density on Western Ave
- New homes alongside existing homes comparable to our neighborhood today
- Relocating Shaw’s supermarket to Western Ave
- A public park near Holton and Everett streets
- Burying several hundred feet of Soldiers Field Road to create new parkland and improve our connection to the Charles River