Sandro Carella and Elizabeth Ghiseline, North End residents, architects and founders of Crosstown Foundation for the Arts, Inc. at 1 North Square, presented their vision and design for improvements to North Square and Rachel Revere Park at the August 8, 2013 meeting of the North End / Waterfront Residents’ Association.
The plan is intended to improve the functionality, accessibility and safe enjoyment of the historic square. An important part of the design is to limit traffic on the side near Sacred Heart Church allowing for more pedestrian access.
The concept has also been presented to the City of Boston Public Improvements Committee and city engineers for consideration. The recently approved City of Boston FY14 Budget includes $2.5 million in funds for improvements to North Square.
A separate North Square topic that was discussed at the NEWRA meeting was the City’s proposal to locate a Hubway bike rack and kiosk within the chained area of the cobblestone area. This was met with strong opposition of those at attendance.
Subsequent to the meeting, City Hall has informed us that a Hubway station will NOT be located in North Square. Alternate locations within the interior North End are under review.
Future public review is expected regarding the North Square redesign. Views of the presented model are shown below. (Click image to enlarge.)