Resident Engagement and Public Outreach

 

Public engagement for the Bunker Hill redevelopment project began with the formation of a resident working group. Group members identified themselves as representatives of the Bunker Hill community and as people particularly interested in the planning process for Bunker Hill. The greater Charlestown and Boston community has also been engaged and informed in the project following initial engagement with the residents of the Bunker Hill Apartments. 

Highlights

 
 

October 15, 2015
BHA Hosts public meeting to introduce development team.

December 3, 2015
Resident Working Group Meeting #1 - Kick off the process

December 10, 2015
Resident Working Group Meeting #2 - Listening Session: Learning from you

January 13, 2016
Resident Working Group Meeting #3 - What We Heard: Confirming what we've learned from you

January 20, 2016
Resident Working Group Meeting #4 - Plan for residential charrette

January 30, 2016
Design Charrette at Harvard Kent - Collaborative design workshop

March 1, 2016
Resident Working Group Meeting #5 - Report back from charrette

March 16, 2016
Community Open House - Residents share planning progress with the community (Advertised in Patriot Bridge)

Summer 2016
Corcoran-SunCal continues Resident Partnership discussions with the Charlestown Tenant Task Force (CTTF) Board

October 6, 2016
Boston Housing Authority (BHA) Resident Design Committee Meeting #1

October 19, 2016
One Charlestown Public Meeting hosted by Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA)

November 9, 2016
One Charlestown Impact Advisory Group (IAG) Meeting #1, hosted by  BPDA

November 16, 2016
One Charlestown team has a table at Mayor Walsh’s Charlestown Open House at the Harvard Kent School

February 9, 2017
Corcoran-SunCal begins Thursday “office hours” at CTTF Office, 76 Monument Street (open to public)

February 21, 2017
BHA Resident Design Committee Meeting #2

 

Resident Working Group

 

The Resident Working Group met regularly in late 2015 and early 2016 and consulted with the planning team. Members shared their priorities, values and desires for the redevelopment of Bunker Hill and helped shape both the design and wider community-engagement strategy for the project.

 
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Resident Charrette

 

After several meetings with the planning team, the Resident Working Group helped prepare and lead a “charrette” (essentially, a daylong brainstorming session), for all of the residents of Bunker HIll in January 2016. 

The results of the Resident Working Group sessions and the Resident Charrette helped the planning team identify planning priorities that reflect Bunker Hill residents’ needs and prepared the team to begin engaging the rest of Charlestown and a wider audience in March 2016. 

 

Charlestown Open House

 

All Charlestown residents were invited to join the Resident Working Group for an open house in March 2016, during which the development, planning and design team presented initial plans for Bunker Hill. The team listened to residents’ ideas and answered questions at different stations during the two-hour event. 

Response to the presentation and conversations with the team was generally positive, and most residents said that they looked forward to the development. Many comments showed deep support for improving quality of life for those currently living at the apartments and a desire to transform the current site into an inviting neighborhood. 

 
 

March 16, 2016 - Public Open House