CSX Master Plan in Downtown Brockton, MA Wins APA-Massachusetts Award
The site of a former rail yard adjacent to the city's core and an MBTA Commuter Rail station provides a once-in-a-generation opportunity for development that lifts all of Brockton's residents and workers.
(L to R): Harriman Director of Planning Emily Keys Innes, RKG Senior Planner Ryan Kiracofe, the City of Brockton's Shane O'Brien and Rob May, and APA-Mass President Angela Cleveland
RKG, together with partner consultant Harriman, is honored to have received the American Planning Association – Massachusetts’ 2019 Neighborhood Redevelopment Project of the Year Award for our team’s work in Brockton, MA. The CSX Master Plan project presents a community-backed vision for development on a former industrial rail yard adjacent to Brockton’s downtown and MBTA Commuter Rail station.
The Plan seeks to honor the site’s historic, industrial legacy with the inclusion of highly-adaptable “flex” industrial space, which can pivot between in-demand uses like small contractor bays, light manufacturing, and even retail. On the site’s edges, a variety of housing typologies will provide opportunities for Brockton residents to access quality homes in close proximity to public transit and hundreds of jobs. The inclusion of substantial public open space (particularly along Trout Brook, which bisects the property), a proposed public safety facility, reorganized street connections, and a small amount of retail will make the study area a natural extension of Brockton’s revitalizing downtown. Enhanced stormwater management landscapes will help reduce the impacts of the area’s frequent flooding.
The Plan has already moved into its implementation phase, with the creation of a Draft Urban Renewal Plan that will enable the City to invest in needed infrastructure to make the community-backed vision a reality.