The JP/South/Hyde/Jackson Design Projects is a BTD led initiative and community planning process that will develop roadway, intersection and streetscape design plans for construction of projects in areas of Jamaica Plain. The JP/South/ Hyde/Jackson Design Projects are a part of the larger Centre and South Streets Streetscape and Transportation Action Plan developed in 2010 that proposed a vision to sustain and enhance the unique identity of the area by detailing streetscape guidelines for planning future public and private projects.
Centre and South Streets form Jamaica Plain’s primary small-business and community facilities spine. New concept designs will seek to widen sidewalks, create shorter crosswalks, address congestion, introduce greenery and highlight historic monuments and public art. A key early action was the implementation of bikeway facilities along the entire corridor in fall 2010.
The projects geographic limitations will focus on the design for the areas of Hyde Square, both short-term and long-term streetscape improvements in the areas from: Hyde to Jackson Squares, Monument to Hyde Squares, as well as possible interventions for the area of Monument Square. The project will consider a range of improvements for traffic, parking, pedestrians, bicycles, accessibility, and the overall safety and aesthetics of the streets and sidewalks.
A design budget of $400,000 has been awarded to Nitsch Engineering and Kyle Zick Landscape Architects to take these projects from conceptual to final design, specs and work estimates.
May 27 2015
Meeting 6: Boston Transportation Department conducted a public meeting on the morning of May 27, 2015 targeting feedback from the community and business owners in the JP Hyde Square area. The meeting was conducted on-site that met at Brendan Behan Pub and then was conducted as a walk- through in the square to discuss each area of design that is being proposed and to collect feedback. The following were comments related to the square in the conceptual design.This area was noted to be the first of the JP Design Projects to be taken to 100% design and then constructed in 2016 through the Boston Public Works Department.
Meeting 5: This meeting covered the concept design submittal, specifically the three potential options submitted for concept design for signal options at Monument Square.
January 22, 2015
Meeting 4: This meeting covered the design of Monument Square; the discussion involved the potential addition of two traffic lights at Eliot and Centre Streets and South Street and Centre Street, reconfigured pedestrian crosswalks, street furniture, street lighting, removal of MBTA catenary poles, as well as parking, bike lanes and area circulation.
September 29, 2014
The third public meeting will be held on September 29, 2014 at the John F. Kennedy Elementary School from 6:00 PM. The agenda includes a Project Team led discussion of the design of Hyde Square and areas along the Hyde/Jackson corridor.
July 8, 2014
The 2nd public meeting will be held on July 8, 2014 at the John F. Kennedy Elementary School from 6:30 pm to 8 pm. Discussions and presentations will to focus on the Hyde Square area to include history, design, engineering capabilities, street furniture and streetscape design.
April 28, 2014
The first of four public meetings discussed designs proposed in the Action Plan and the forthcoming design contract to include a project introduction, overview, project list and anticipated timelines. The project will consider a range of improvements for traffic, parking, buses, pedestrians, bicycles, accessibility, and the overall safety and aesthetics of the streets and sidewalks.