A community-oriented mixed-use development integrating public school headquarters, public meeting space, retail, and transit.

The Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building in Boston, Massachusetts is a mixed-use facility integrating public school offices, retail, transit, and the community. Centrally located in Roxbury’s Dudley Square adjacent to a regional transit hub, it was created by the city of Boston to stimulate community development and investment. The 215,000 square foot complex incorporates the restoration of three historic structures, including the landmark Ferdinand building, coupled with new construction and capped with a green roof. The interior includes a light filled-atrium, offices, community meeting space, and first floor retail. The anchor tenant is the newly consolidated Boston Public Schools headquarters. Ground floor restaurants and shops serve building tenants and the surrounding neighborhood. Funding for the $124 million public private development included New Market Tax Credit financing.

This project has been selected as a finalist for the 2017 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence. In February, March, April, and May RBA staff will begin site visits to each finalist project in preparation for the committee’s selection of the medal winners in June. A Metropolis magazine POV blog series will document these visits, giving readers close-up experiences with each of the sites. Findings and lessons learned will be relayed through detailed case studies and published on this site and in book form in 2018 as a resource for educators, practitioners, and students.