Our Mayor, Our Mission Hill
Mayor Menino has fought hard to preserve the quality of life for residents of Mission Hill, a neighborhood bordered by the Longwood Medical Area and several major academic institutions.
The transformation of the Mission Main Housing into a new, mixed-income community marks one of the Mayor’s most significant accomplishments in the neighborhood. Throughout planning, Mayor Menino advocated for the longtime tenants of Mission Main, ensuring their stake in the newly created housing.
The Mayor gave strong support to a community-initiated effort to bring a major commercial development to One Brigham Circle, the heart of the neighborhood’s central business district. The complex attracted a supermarket, as well as office space, a bank, restaurant and pharmacy. Below the market, a spacious plaza now hosts community events.
This commercial development also led to the creation of a new 5.5 acre passive park on the upper portion of the site known as the “Ledge”. Originally named Puddingstone Park after the stone quarried from the site, the park is now known as Kevin W. Fitzgerald Park, named for the former State Representative of Mission Hill who worked closely with Mayor Menino on the project. City funding for the project was directed from the Browne Fund, a city trust that supports park improvements. The Mayor also made significant improvements to nearby McLaughlin Playground.
The Boston Center for Youth and Families (BCYF), located at the Tobin Community Center on Tremont Street, now makes its home in Mission Hill, as well as one of Boston’s first pilot schools, Mission Hill School.
In March of 2009, Mayor Menino opened the Longwood Medical Area Community Training Center as part of a new medical complex in the nearby Longwood area. The Center offers neighboring community groups to access to the campus for education and training, inviting community members to prepare for the jobs of the future -- careers within the medical research and healthcare industry. The Mayor’s Neighborhood Jobs Trust partially funded this initiative, which benefits local Mission Hill organizations, such as Sociedad Latina, who deliver essential training services to Mission Hill residents.