Commuter rail stations are great amenities for downtowns, but their expansive surface parking requirements limit connectivity by distancing the station and platform from amenities. Fifteen acres of surface parking surround the station and separate the rail from the river and downtown.
The Master Plan takes advantage of the site’s proximity to the MBTA commuter rail station by adding a mixed-use building that connects Main Street to the rail station. A series of linear open spaces bring the recently-completed Riverfront Park into the site and offer physical and visual connections to the Ten Mile River. A new parking structure absorbs the parking lot but is visually shielded by higher building forms that step down towards the open space.
The city is preparing an RFP process for development based on a framework plan.