SCAPE and The Harborkeepers recently completed the final report for Vision Chelsea Creek — a six month visioning, planning, and stakeholder engagement process to re-imagine the abandoned railway site along the industrial shoreline of lower Chelsea Creek. The vision was developed in collaboration with Utile, Durand and Anastas Environmental Strategies, the Boston Society of Architects (BSA), the Boston Society of Landscape Architects (BSLA) and Cargo Ventures.
From May to November 2020, the team conducted a visioning process that included a series of multi-lingual (in English and Spanish) community engagement sessions adapted to a virtual environment and framework plan and vision for the creek’s waterfront, developing visualizations to help build momentum for future catalytic projects. Through this process, the team assessed opportunities for flood protection, ecological shoreline restoration and stabilization, equitable community access, pedestrian safety, historic preservation, and industrial re-use.
The resulting vision focuses on creating an inclusive and accessible waterfront; balancing industrial and community needs; enhancing the ecology of Chelsea Creek; promoting environmental justice and social resilience; and creating a resilient waterfront edge that reduces risk to adjacent areas from climate change. While this phase of the study is over, engagement conducted by The Harborkeepers will continue, following COVID-safe practices.