Mission & Partners
Project mission: This project will build upon the existing efforts to revitalize Downtown Lynn by providing geographic data, recommending land use and policy changes, and identifying funding and human capital resources that will lead to strategic, high impact reinvestment.
Project partners: Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), the regional planning agency for the people who live and work in 101 cities and towns in Greater Boston, conducted this effort to Build on the Vision for Downtown Lynn with guidance from City of Lynn departments and public agencies, including:
In addition to receiving guidance from the municipal departments and agencies, we convened a Team of Advisors for the project, which met in November 2012, February 2013, and April 2013. This Team of Advisors helped to shape project outcomes by providing input at critical intervals. Participants in that group included the above listed departments and agencies as well as representatives of:
MAPC interviewed several organizations and individuals in addition those who were able to participate in one or more Team of Advisors meetings. For more details on community engagement during this project, visit the Who We Met section of this website.
Project Funding and Scope of Work: In 2010, MAPC was awarded a $4 million Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant on behalf of the Greater Boston Region by Partnership for Sustainable Communities, an interagency partnership between the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This grant supports the implementation of MetroFuture, MAPC's 30-year plan for Greater Boston, and includes numerous projects and sub-grants for local planning efforts, state and regional policy work, development of tools and data, civic engagement, and leadership development. The Metro Boston Sustainable Communities Consortium and Steering Committee directed $85,000 of grant funds for this project in Downtown Lynn, which was matched with additional funding from MAPC. This is the largest single-municipality planning project under this grant program, and represents a significant investment of critical regional importance.
The Scope of Work for work in Downtown Lynn, as approved by the Metro Boston Consortium for Sustainable Communities, included five elements:
Acknowledgments: Many individuals and organizations contributed to this project in various capacities. MAPC thanks everyone who spoke with us, whether briefly or at length, to share information as well as their hopes and desires for Downtown Lynn. Over the course of this project, we spoke with hundreds of community members and organizational representatives. MAPC looks forward to an ongoing partnership with the City of Lynn and continuing conversations with the community.
Image credits: Photos and other images used on this website come from various sources, which are credited with captions where possible. Images are used for illustrative purposes and the usse of these images does not imply endorsement by any persons, businesses, or organizations represented in the images.