Citywide Land Audit
In June 2022, Mayor Wu announced the release of the Public Land for Public Good: Citywide Land Audit. The autid is the City's effort to identify opportunities to use its property to improve the lives of Bostonians.
This Citywide Land Audit is an inventory of all property owned by the City of Boston and quasi-City agencies. It also identifies all vacant or underutilized City-owned property. The audit initially identified 9.5 million square feet of land in the vacant/underutilized category. This represents 5.4% of the 176.9 million square feet under City ownership. The City will use this data to decide how best to deploy public land to serve Boston's most urgent needs:
- Ensuring safe, healthy affordable housing for Boston residents. The City will identify locations to develop into new affordable units.
- Identifying transformative community development opportunities. Developing these sites can help knit together the fabric of our city.
- Addressing homelessness through a public health lens. The City will devote public land for recovery services and transitional housing.
The Citywide Land Audit identified City-owned land that was vacant or underutilized and presented a high opportunity for redevelopment. In the last year, we are proud to have made significant progress moving many of these parcels forward to serve the needs of the city.