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Forum: Leadership towards a Sustainable Future
February 17, 2006 @ 9:30 am - 2:00 pm
There are key competitive challenges and opportunities facing the Commonwealth in the areas of sustaining innovation, education, housing supply and affordability, and transited oriented development. In the area of housing, the Commonwealth, under the leadership of Office of Commonwealth Development Secretary Foy, has developed and implemented policies that are having an impact resulting in the encouraging development of smart growth projects. Join the EBC to hear Secretary Foy talk about his vision for what must continue to happen in the Commonwealth and hear how forward thinking real estate developers and municipalities are actively responding to the challenge
The State of Smart Growth in the Commonwealth
Douglas I. Foy, Secretary
Office of Commonwealth Development
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Secretary Foy will provide an update on the State of Smart Growth in the Commonwealth and a review of significant projects and advances.
Registration and continental breakfast: 7:30 a.m.
Program: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
WESTWOOD STATION: New Smart Growth Community
The area surrounding the MBTA/Amtrak terminal near the junction of Route 128 and I-95 has long been viewed as an underperforming area. Cabot, Cabot & Forbes (CC&F) is now collaborating with the Town of Westwood to shape over 100 acres around Westwood Station into a mixed-use Smart Growth Community. Project partners include Steven Karp of New England Development, The Commonwealth Fund, and Rizzo Associates. A recent Boston Globe article lauded the Westwood Station project for its antidote to sprawl theme and practicality, and it is expected that the area will become a new regional hub.
John J. “Jay” Doherty – President, Cabot, Cabot & Forbes of New England
Stephen R. Karp – Chief Executive of New England Development
Nancy Hyde – Selectman Town of Westwood
Patricia Singer, Esq. – Project Director, Massachusetts Office of Business Development
NORTH POINT: An Urban Transit-Oriented Development
The North Point development project spans three Massachusetts cities and truly redefines connections between communities. This former 48-acre industrial site is being transformed into a dynamic, mixed-use, transit-oriented neighborhood, with over 10 acres of new green space and a brand new transportation and utility infrastructure. The development s incorporation of transit including bus and rapid transit access, constrained parking, pedestrian/bike routes, vehicular access management, highway reconstruction, and transit station relocation is a cornerstone of the project s ultimate success. Through careful design and permitting, it is sensitive to the character of historic neighborhoods, and has resulted in a project that joins multiple urban centers in ways never achieved before.
Lisa S. Serafin – Vice President, Spaulding & Slye, A member of the Jones Lang LaSalle group
Beth Rubenstein – Assistant City Manager for Community Development, City of Cambridge
Susan Sloan-Rossiter – Principal, VHB
Anthony Flint – Smart Growth Education Director, Office of Commonwealth Development, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Leo Pierre Roy, Director, Environmental Services, VHB