Revitalizing Poplar Street: Thank you to our donors

We aim to improve and beautify the Poplar Street sidewalk that runs alongside Adams Park in the heart of Roslindale Village.

We did it! With all of your support, we were able to raise $26,031 and secure a match of $25,000 from Mass Development and an additional $5,000 contribution from Boston Main Streets Foundation.

Thank you to everyone who donated. Listed here are the Poplar Street Revitalization Campaign's Clean Street Companions (donated $100+), Poplar Pioneers (donated $250+), Luminary Leaders (donated $500+), and Adams Park Angels (donated $1000+).

Adams Park Angels:

  • Jaime Pullen & Michael Blasnik
  • Wallpaper City

Luminary Leaders:

  • Andrew Bobenski & Priyanka Khanna
  • Arx Urban
  • Roslindale Business Group
  • Sue Forti & Bob Houlihan

Poplar Pioneers:

  • April Nelson
  • Balanced Rock Investment Advisors
  • Choice Closeout, Inc.
  • City Councilor Tim McCarthy Committee
  • David Wean & Cynthia Zabin
  • Daniel Johnson & Ebele Okpokwasili-Johnson
  • David Glynn
  • Kathryn Lipford
  • Patch Realty Group, Inc.
  • Robert Guptill
  • Steven Gag & Laura Gang
  • Studio Luz Architects
  • Miller Custom Craftsmen

Clean Street Companions:

  • Andrew Schwartz
  • Adam Rogoff & Rachel Walchak
  • Alexander & Tracy Porteleki
  • Allyson Kriz
  • Amy Oalican
  • Amy Devito
  • Anna Litten
  • Anna Utech
  • Arthur Ford
  • Brian Goldson
  • Brittany Baldwin
  • Bruce Spero
  • CareNet Physical Therapy
  • Centre Cuts Salon & Spa
  • Charlotte Fleetwood
  • Christine Scott
  • Chris & Laura Kollett
  • Christopher Hugenberger
  • Chris Lang
  • Corina Demeo
  • D & C Management, Inc.
  • Darlene Donovan
  • David Cashman
  • Debbie Kirrane
  • Derek Rubinoff
  • Diana Lamppu
  • Donna Marshall
  • Eileen Doherty
  • Elizabeth Sherva
  • Elizabeth Graham-Meredith
  • Elizabeth Martin
  • Ellen & Janis Real Estate
  • Emily Meneer
  • Eric Brookfield
  • Francine Crystal
  • Ginger Saariaho
  • Greg Tobin
  • Gregory Ascrizzi
  • Hadiya Strasberg
  • Haley Barrar
  • James Meade
  • Jay Harris
  • Jennifer Lee
  • Jillian Domenici
  • John & Marion Castellucci
  • John Griffin
  • Kathy Sullivan
  • Kellee Webb
  • Kelly Gallagher
  • Kevin Horne
  • Kevin Gross
  • Lawrence McInnes
  • Leah Bellman
  • Leslie Cheney
  • Lianne Bishop
  • Linda Burnett
  • Lydia French
  • Madeleine Conway
  • Marcia Emerson
  • Martha Niebanck
  • Mary Vadala
  • Max Nibert
  • Melissa Cording
  • Michael Fitzgerald
  • Michael Peluse
  • Molly Robson Wellness
  • Moncrieff Cochran
  • Nick Garber
  • Peter & Sara Castellucci
  • Rachele & Adam Rosi-Kessel
  • Rebecca Phillips
  • Richard Chalfin
  • Robert Peter Castellucci
  • Robert Orthman
  • Ruth Hunter
  • Sadie & Josh Barocas
  • Sara Strand
  • Sara Kruse
  • Stephanie Bond
  • Steven Harriman
  • Sue Ronstrom
  • Susan Bird
  • Susan Dupont
  • Teresa Marx
  • The Square Root
  • Tina Alva
  • Tonnie Miller
  • Tricia Gregg
  • V2III Boutique

Project Updates:

With your support, we raised $25,000 through our Patronicity campaign for the Poplar Street Improvement Project! That means we have been matched an additional $25,000 from Mass Development and another $5,000 from Boston Main Streets Foundation to make the stretch of Poplar Street between Corinth and South Streets beautiful and more welcoming. This project is an exciting effort led by the RVMS Design Committee and supported by Poplar Street’s businesses. It is in line with RVMS’s mission to support the business district and make Roslindale Village a destination for all to eat, shop, play and collaborate.

June 10th 2019

There are now five brand new benches in Roslindale Village thanks to the City of Boston and the Age Friendly Bench Program! RVMS Staff & Design Committee enjoyed working with the Public Works Department as they planned the sites for these new benches. Three of the five are on the stretch of Poplar Street between Corinth and South Streets that we’re working to revitalize!

New benches in Roslindale Village

We’re also excited to announce that as a part of the Poplar Street Improvement Project as well as our project to improve wayfinding signage in Roslindale, we are partnering with Artists For Humanity to help us produce strategic wayfinding signage designs and a beautiful sculpture to top our existing RVMS kiosk at the corner of Poplar Street and South Street.

RVMS Kiosk

We also want to share that the RVMS Design Committee will hold a Poplar Street Improvement Project Community Event during the Farmers Market on Saturday, June 22nd, from 10:00am-12:00pm on Poplar Street. Stop by to ask questions, share thoughts, and check out the two renderings of potential street layouts that we’ll be displaying to gather feedback. Click here to RSVP to the event on our Facebook page.

April 11th 2019

We have ordered brand new trash and recycle receptacles for Poplar Street to replace the small, wobbly ones that are there now! Reducing litter is a priority to the RVMS Design Committee for so many reasons and, because of the popular bus stop on this stretch of Poplar, the sidewalk tends to be an area with a lot of foot traffic which means people need places to toss their trash.

We had help from the Department of Public Works at the City of Boston with picking, shipping & storing the new barrels and they’ll also help us by installing them when the time comes & by emptying them regularly. Here is a sneak peek:

Not pictured here are dome lids that go on top to keep trash inside the barrels.

Goodbye, litter!

March 11th 2019

Since our last update, the Design Committee created a project timeline with action items spanning from March 2019 through May 2020. Opportunities for community input on design elements of the project and outreach to community groups in Roslindale are important items on the project agenda. Volunteers on the RVMS Design Committee continue to value feedback from their Roslindale neighbors and friends as the revitalization of Poplar Street takes flight.

The Design Committee along with RVMS Staff chatted with City of Boston’s Public Realm Director Jacob Wessel at the end of January to work out some details around creating a sidewalk mural, bistro seating, better lighting, planters, and more. Because this improvement project is on public property, we will follow regulations set by the City of Boston, ensuring safety and accessibility throughout our design and implementation processes.

On March 8th, the Design Committee and RVMS Staff met with Eric Prentis from the Public Works Department at the City of Boston to select locations for the new trash and recycling bins the Design Committee is purchasing, scheduled to be installed in the late spring or early summer of this year. We also reviewed locations for the new benches that the City plans to install around that same time.

January 16th 2019

This month, the Design Committee is working on collaborating with the City of Boston to make sure that our design elements and any planned installations are in code with their regulations. This is an important step of any improvement project and especially one taking place on public property! We are lucky to have friends in the Department of Public Works, the Public Improvement Commission, the Parks and Recreation Department, etc. who are also excited about making improvements to this section of Poplar Street.

Some of the things we are talking to the City about right now are improving lighting so that we can brighten up this part of the Square at night time, additional seating that welcomes shoppers to enjoy their lunch outdoors, adding benches to this stretch, better trash cans so that litter doesn’t fly all over the street, as well as public art installations to and sidewalk mural ideas to make it an even prettier street, and more! The Design Committee is also looking into improving our kiosk. We hope to make it easier to use, utilize, and more functional overall.

January 16th 2019

This month, the Design Committee is working on collaborating with the City of Boston to make sure that our design elements and any planned installations are in code with their regulations. This is an important step of any improvement project and especially one taking place on public property! We are lucky to have friends in the Department of Public Works, the Public Improvement Commission, the Parks and Recreation Department, etc. who are also excited about making improvements to this section of Poplar Street.

Some of the things we are talking to the City about right now are improving lighting so that we can brighten up this part of the Square at night time, additional seating that welcomes shoppers to enjoy their lunch outdoors, adding benches to this stretch, better trash cans so that litter doesn’t fly all over the street, as well as public art installations to and sidewalk mural ideas to make it an even prettier street, and more! The Design Committee is also looking into improving our kiosk. We hope to make it easier to use, utilize, and more functional overall.

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Thank you for your tireless support! If you have questions or ideas about this project, e-mail us at director@roslindale.net.

With #ROSlove,

The Roslindale Village Main Street Design Committee and Staff