Proposals for Nubian Square development will add housing, retail to the commercial district

Large developments are currently up for consideration on two lots in Nubian Square. The two proposals for the Blair Lot and three proposals for Parcel 8 include space for artists, affordable housing and outdoor space. Each would have a considerable effect on the culture and activities in Nubian Square.

Lorraine Wheeler, a member of the Roxbury Strategic Master Plan Oversight Committee (RSMPOC) said that each developer group presented proposals that will bring a lot of local attention to the commercial district. The RSMPOC and the Boston Planning and Development Agency hope to finish the selection process in December.

Parcel 8

Each proposal for the lot at Melnea Cass Boulevard and Harrison Avenue includes space for a museum or gallery and live-work spaces for artists as well as housing and commercial space. In the earliest discussions about open parcels in Nubian square, Wheeler said, community members expressed a need to


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