Together we RISE. The Sullivan Square Redevelopment Project is the transformation of a heavily industrial corner of the city into a new urban center, a connection between neighborhoods, a center for jobs, green parks, housing that is affordable with proximity to transportation, and vibrant commercial and retail.
The project will enhance the northern corner of Boston, stitching the Mystic River waterfront to Cambridge Crossing and Assembly Row to Charlestown’s neighborhoods. The proposed plan is the culmination of numerous meetings with community groups, residents and elected officials, as well as businesses and neighborhood leaders to ensure equity, inclusion, and the establishment of desired amenities and improvements.
The development will be carefully integrated into the surrounding areas and strategically responds to the Imagine Boston 2030 planning effort, the first framework for citywide planning to be developed since 1970. Shaped by more than 15,000 Boston residents, Imagine Boston 2030 goals include the creation of more affordable housing to reduce displacement and improve quality of life, a greater investment in open space, more access to transportation, improved infrastructure, and a thoughtful commitment to address the impacts of climate change.
Our team has launched the initial community planning process for Phase I. As we continue to meet with community members to enhance our plans, we are committed to improving the livability of Sullivan Square and its neighbors.
Imagine Sullivan Square Today.
This proposed redevelopment replaces underutilized industrial areas with new residential, commercial, and public spaces for the residents of Charlestown. The project will feature 1 Office /Lab buildings, 1,235 housing units, and 87,000 SF of retail and community space for the Charlestown Coalition.
The team will utilize renewable energy and zero carbon design principles such as passive house and CLT construction to mitigate the project’s environmental impact. The site grading will also be raised significantly to address coastal flooding and 100-year sea level rise.
Our development will create over 3,000 permanent jobs, 2,000 union trade jobs, and up to $10M in linkage fees. RISE will partner with Building Pathways, a Boston-based non-profit, to ensure that our project provides access to building trades careers for community residents.
The project will exceed the City’s IDP requirements with a 20% affordable housing commitment. The team is also committed to creation of programs for homeownership opportunities for Charlestown families, creation of veterans housing, and family sized units.
In coordination with BTD, the MBTA, and the BPDA, we will actively participate and invest in transit improvements and solutions.
Spearheaded by RISE – a Boston-based Minority Owned Business (MBE), our team is committed to community development that represents all residents of Boston and is equitable and inclusive. Our team consists of multiple Minority and Women Owned Design and Consultant Firms.
The project will create 2.67 acres of new, green, publicly accessible open space. Other improvements such as new bicycle infrastructure and an enhanced pedestrian experiences will make Sullivan Square more inviting and accessible for all residents.
Our project sits within one of the core areas being discussed during PLAN: Charlestown. This neighborhood planning effort has helped identify large parking lots and industrial buildings for future redevelopment that can provide public benefits. The team has worked diligently to align the project with PLAN: Charlestown’s vision and will continue to participate.
RISE Together has filed a Project Notification Form (PNF) with the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) for the first of three neighborhood networks of its complete Sullivan Square Redevelopment project in Charlestown. The proposed Inner Belt Neighborhood Project is one of three components of the total project conceived to deliver a holistic vision for the larger Sullivan Square neighborhood.
Rise Together lays out 2M-square-foot Sullivan Square project
RISE has partnered with 13 Community Organizations on various projects, including:
Herby Duverné and his team sat down with Catherine Carlock of the Boston Business Journal to discuss their mission for community-centric development.
Local MBE Developer RISE has submitted a Letter of Intent (LOI) with the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA). CEO Herby Duverné said, “RISE is thrilled to be part of the Charlestown neighborhood. Many of us have life-long roots here. This is an opportunity to create a plan which meets and exceeds the goals and extensive planning efforts of Imagine Boston 2030. We believe we can transform a heavily industrial corner of the city into a welcoming, pedestrian friendly neighborhood with green gathering spaces, waterfront connections, easy access to transportation, and much-needed mixed-use affordable housing. This will be a platform for vibrant commercial and retail development in the area. We look forward to continuing to work with the community and city officials to advance this project."
For many years, our team has met with community leaders before we put pen to paper on this planning effort. Among those who have already provided valuable insights include representatives from the Sullivan Square Association, MBTA/Mass Dot, Charlestown union groups, Charlestown Gardens, Friends of Memorial Hall, Charlestown YMCA, Charlestown AA, the BPDA, Charlestown Youth Hockey, the Golden Age Center, Charlestown Neighborhood Council, the Charlestown Preservation Society, Charlestown Coalition/Turn it Around, Charlestown Community Center, and the John F. Kennedy Family Center. Most recently, RISE committed to New Playground Project at Kennedy Center. If you have questions or are a community group that has not yet been briefed, please reach out via the contact form on our website.