Planning agency sees potential in Braintree’s Ivory Street corridor

Potential redevelopment along Braintree’s Ivory Street was the subject of a meeting Thursday night.

Wicked Local Braintree | By Fred Hanson
March 24, 2017

BRAINTREE – Long-term redevelopment of the Ivory Street area could bring new housing, business and recreational opportunities, a study by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council found.

“It’s an opportunity that is unparalleled in the area,” said Josh Fiala, a planner with the agency.

The results of the study were discussed Thursday night during a meeting at town hall. About 50 people attended.

The 188-acre area that was studied runs from the northernmost part of Braintree Marketplace to Plain Street and between the railroad tracks and Route 3. It includes the Braintree MBTA station, three shopping centers, offices, a trash transfer station, and the former town landfill.

Fiala said the study looked at the development potential of the area over the next 40 years.

“We’re trying to show you the full opportunity,” he said.

The ideas in the report include redeveloping the former Armstrong plant for housing or a mixed-use development, adding second floors to the buildings in shopping centers for possible office or housing use, and relocating some buildings to create a new roadway to take some of the traffic off Ivory Street.

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