Connection Dot Ave (2004)

In the spring of 2004, SMAMS led a community planning project to develop a vision for the future of our district. Gail Sullivan Associates (now known as Studio G) urban planners facilitated the process. More than 100 people, including residents and merchants, spent two intense Saturdays on this project, and merchants also attended a separate session to focus on their ideas.

The community stressed five goals for the district:

  1. Make Peabody Square and the entire SMAMS district safer for pedestrians, drivers and cyclists
  2. Make the public territory of Peabody Square and Dorchester Avenue more welcoming as a destination
  3. Maximize potential community benefits from the MBTA’s renovation of Ashmont Station and the proposed Trinity Financial development at Ashmont
  4. Improve the “public face” of businesses in the SMAMS District, and increase the mix and variety of businesses, in order to increase foot traffic and draw more customers
  5. Celebrate the area’s history and promote its present culture and resources

Based on the strength of the community’s participation, Mayor Thomas Menino and the Mass. Bay Transportation Authority committed $150,000 and $25,000 respectively to fund a design study. The City later committed over $2 million to build the improvements, which re-routed several streets, overhauled the traffic-light system, and added much-needed green space, thanks to a partnership among SMAMS, the City’s Environment Department and the Charles River Watershed Association, the project will include a pilot “Green Street” storm water management system.