Why has Downtown Schools for Boston made this
Boston's downtown neighborhoods are thriving, vibrant
places. They offer almost everything residents could
want - except public schools! But as a result, it's very
difficult to find a site or building that is appropriate
And a number of issues arise in downtown neighborhoods:
transportation access to the school; vehicle and
pedestrian traffic impact; costs; impact on nearby
residents; and the need to preserve historic
Why this location?
In broad terms, it's a very good location for a
Boston public school. This location would be close to
home for families in most downtown neighborhoods, as
well as the South End, Roxbury and Mission Hill. This
site also minimizes some of the issues mentioned above.
Has this been done before in Boston?
Won't including a school increase the scale of an
already large project?
It may. However, the site is in a commercial
area, near other large towers. The project is also
located at a multi-mode regional transportation hub,
with access to the Orange Line, commuter rail, and the
Massachusetts Turnpike. This area is suitable for
high-rise development. The scale of the project
will be evaluated during the BRA's review process.
Are you endorsing the 40 Trinity Place project?
We are not endorsing the 40
project. The merits of 40 Trinity
Place are for the City of Boston and its residents to
decide. If we find reasons to reconsider our request, we
will do so.
Are you considering other sites for public
We are investigating many other sites in all of the
downtown neighborhoods that have no public elementary
schools. We expect it will be very challenging to find
locations for downtown schools, and will continue to
pursue many alternatives until the downtown
neighborhoods have the schools they need.
Last updated January 7, 2013.
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