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Table of Contents
                            Table of Contents
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
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Whittier Choice Neighborhood
Transformation Plan

DRAFT for Community Review and Comment
May 15, 2014

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4.4 Neighborhood Plan Implementation

Neighborhood Lead

Madison Park Development Corporation (MPDC) is uniquely
positioned to lead the implementation of the Whittier Neighborhood
Transformation Plan. MPDC is one of the oldest and well established
community development corporations in Boston and in the nation.
Well known for its affordable housing development and preservation
work, the organization also plays a key role in overall neighborhood
revitalization, community organizing and engagement, public safety
initiatives, and resident-centered supports.

MPDC’s Community Action Department is organized along five focus
areas: Public Safety and Violence Prevention, Youth Leadership and
Workforce Development, Civic Engagement, Resident Leadership and
Services, and Health Equity and Community Wellness. These priority
areas align strategically with the Whittier Neighborhood Transformation
Plan goals. Equally importantly, MPDC has the capacity and credibility
to engage the neighborhood in a meaningful way to guide the
implementation of neighborhood strategies.

MPDC takes a strategic and inclusive approach to assessing
neighborhood concerns and capitalizing on community assets. In
2013 MPDC initiated a comprehensive neighborhood survey to gather
perspectives on quality of life issues, creating a rich data set that serves
as the basis for MPDC’s Community Investment Plan (See Figure 3-3).
The survey instruments were developed by the nationally recognized
Success Measures and are utilized by over 200 community development
corporations nationwide.

Implementation Structure

Successfully achieving the goals of the Whittier Neighborhood
Transformation Plan will require resources, strong partnerships, shared
vision and commitment from the community, city government and
other stakeholders. MPDC will establish working teams for each of the
Neighborhood goals to ensure successful implementation, on-time and
within budget. See Chapter 7.

Budget and Financing

The total budget for all Neighborhood Improvements is approximately
$19 million. It is anticipated that funding will be provided by City
of Boston (transportation, infrastructure and school funds), the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Northeastern University, Roxbury
Community College, and Choice Neighborhoods funding. Further budget
information is included in Chapter 7.

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7.3 Implementation Schedule

Figure 7-3 provides a preliminary best-case scenario of the timing of each of the major elements in the Transformation Plan. The schedule will be
adjusted according to funding availability.

Figure 7-3. Draft Implementation Schedule

1 of 1

Pilot Tenacity summer program

Develop and implement data tracking system

Establish on-the-ground Whittier Team

Resident Services focused on relocation, health, education

Launch whole-year Tenacity program

Implement Mobility Mentoring

Implement sustainability plan

Establish working groups for key initiatives

Launch Madison Park High School safety initiative

Implement Whittier Neighborhood Broadband

Northeastern University Portal construction

Kennedy Academy construction

Obtain PDA land use approval

Roxbury Loop

Street Improvements: Ruggles, Melnea Cass, Tremont

Phase One: Offsite (Parcel 10)

Phase Two: Onsite

Phase Three: Onsite

Phase Four: Offsite (Crescent Parcel)

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020

Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4




construction lease-up


constructiondesign and financing

design and financing construction

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7.4 Data Management Plan

BHA will lead the effort to establish a robust yet user-friendly data
sharing and data tracking plan so that the community and funders have
a reliable way to see the impacts of the plan’s implementation. Progress
will be tracked against all goals in each area of the Transformation
Plan. Current research involves evaluating the most cost effective and
useful data management system for the plan’s implementation as well
as studying best practices of Choice Implementation grantees. Beyond
the technical aspects of data collection and analysis, warehousing and
reporting, an important part of keeping stakeholders engaged is sharing
data, successes, and challenges.

• Neighborhood. Demographic, economic and other data will be
available from Census, State and City sources in addition to a variety
of foundation and non-profit sources.

• Housing. Data on unit types and household information will
be tracked and reported by the on-site developer and property
manager, POAH, along with BHA, which will continue to maintain
information on the deeply subsidized households.

• People. BHA will work with the key partner for each of the key
People categories to track the status of the goals and outcomes
of individual household’s developmental plan and also aggregate
results. BHA will also execute data sharing agreements with the key
partners as well as Boston Public Schools, Whittier Street Health
Center, and Boston Centers for Youth and Families.

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