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Upham's Corner Arts and Innovation District

We're working to revitalize Upham's Corner and celebrate the Fairmount Corridor connector.

The Upham’s Corner implementation process builds on goals established by the community. These are outlined in both Imagine Boston 2030 and the Upham’s Corner Station Area Plan of the Fairmount Indigo Planning Initiative. The implementation process focuses on putting those plans into effect by developing strategic parcels in the neighborhood. It will produce a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a developer to deliver:

  • affordable housing
  • affordable commercial space
  • a branch public library, and
  • an operator for the Strand Theatre. 

Upham's Corner Implementation

Background Information

Development Without Displacement

This unique partnership is fully committed to working closely with community partners. We want to promote economic development without displacement.

We're providing strategic public investment in the creation of affordable housing and affordable commercial space along the Fairmount Indigo corridor. Our goal is to preempt gentrification typified by private speculation attracted by public investment in transportation.

Photo from Upham's Corner community meeting

Community Vision

Upham’s Corner is a revitalized commercial, cultural, and community center. It is a celebration of diversity. It's also an arts and cultural anchor of the Fairmount Indigo Corridor.

Upham’s Corner has been consistently identified as an arts and culture destination. Previous planning initiatives laid important groundwork for the concept of establishing a neighborhood Arts and Innovation District in Upham’s Corner.

Upham's Corner community meeting feedback

The Upham’s Corner Arts and Innovation District is based on the belief that we can create sustainable opportunities for local residents and businesses. We can do this by empowering the entrepreneurial talent that exists in the neighborhood.

Upham’s Corner is a hub of creative activity. It's enabled, in part, by the physical assets that exist in close proximity to each other. These include:

  • the historic Strand Theatre
  • the Upham’s Corner Branch Library, and
  • the small businesses supported by Upham’s Corner Main Streets.
Together, we envision an Arts and Innovation District where:

Economic development is anchored by cultural uses that are enhanced and expanded. We want to provide:

  • local residents
  • entrepreneurs and small businesses, and
  •  artists with the housing, venues, public amenities, and resources needed to collaborate and thrive.

Investments, both public and private, are made strategically. They should be made in response to the robust planning efforts that have led to the designation of this District. They should also support the ethnic and economic diversity of the community.

Committed, collaborative partnerships come together. We want to engage in creative problem-solving for the future of the neighborhood.

We recognize that entrepreneurship and innovation come in many forms. The Upham’s Corner Arts and Innovation District will be designed as a hub of creativity. Our goal is to bolster collaboration among:

  • local residents
  • entrepreneurs, and
  • business-owners.

Working Advisory Group

About the group

The Working Advisory Group is a City-appointed advisory group for this process that includes:

  • residents and business owners, and
  • advocates and other community leaders.

These members have been meeting regularly throughout the process. They're helping  shape the content of public meetings and they review community feedback. Several members of the group participated in previous planning initiatives. Those members offer continuity to the process, connecting planning with implementation.

Group roles and responsibilities

Working Advisory Group Meetings

The Working Advisory Group meets every other Monday from 6:15 - 7:45 p.m. 

Join the meeting

Members of the Working Advisory Group include:

Name Affiliation/Organization
Val Daley Upham's Corner Main Streets, Director
Major Elvie Carter Salvation Army Kroc Center, Major
Bob Haas Upham's Westside Neighborhood Association, Member
Che Madyun Resident Artist
Joan Tighe Eastman/Elder Streets Neighborhood Association, Member
Kit Binns Jones Hill Neighborhood Association, Member
John Smith Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, Executive Director
Biplaw Rai Comfort Kitchen, Owner
Marea Parker Fairmount Innovation Lab  Director, Art Morpheus Board Chair
Nora Valdez Humphreys Street Studios, Artist
Margaret Leahy-Wirth Upham's Corner Health Center, Chair of Board
Allida Warn Conservatory Lab Foundation, Senior Manager of Development and Communications

Upham's Corner implementation timeline

Learn more about the timeline for the district:

View the timeline

Request for Information

In July 2019, the City released a Request for Information (RFI) about the development of a planned Upham's Corner Arts and Innovation District. 

We asked potential partners to share their ideas with us. You can read all 18 of the responses to the RFI below. Find out what we've learned so far, and what's next for Upham's Corner.

Read the Request for Information

Common Questions

Upham's Corner implementation community engagement

The Strand Theatre

The Strand is a cultural and educational cornerstone of Upham's Corner.

Strand Theatre info