The following presentation was given to the Board of Selectmen on Thursday, November 9, by the Woods Hole Group. This was the end result of a process that was started two years ago by the HRA in order to look at and revise the town's FEMA flood maps. As you look through this presentation you will notice that over 1,000 residences will be affected in a positive way.
Click on the button below to download the Nantasket Beach Two-Way Conversion Preliminary Design Update / Traffic Commission PDF that was presented at the October 12, 2017 Board of Selectman Meeting.
Selectmen sign off on road plan, now seek funds
By Allan Stein at The Hull Times
Hull’s five-member board of selectmen has thrown its unanimous support behind an early project design for converting portions of roadway along Nantasket Beach from one-way to two-way traffic.
The board’s positive vote on July 27 was required in order to complete the town’s application that seeks $4.13 million in grant funding from the state’s MassWorks program to carry out the multiple-phase road reconfiguration project.
“This is a robust application, but with a great development potential for the state to invest in,” said consultant Kevin Dandrade of the engineering firm TEC, who presented selectmen last Thursday with the most up-to-date details of the project’s design, which is 25 percent complete.
The MassWorks application deadline is Friday, Aug. 5.
The town will be notified in about three months if the application has been approved, Dandrade said. Grant funds awarded during this competitive cycle will be available to pay for spring 2018 construction.
“We believe, and the traffic models have shown, that converting to a two-way system between Anastos Corner and Phipps Street will accomplish a few things for the town,” said Robert DeCoste, chairman of the Hull Redevelopment Authority (HRA). “First and foremost, it will increase the access of public safety vehicles and increase the pedestrian safety in the area. It will also add economically to the existing businesses and any new businesses in the area.”
The project is a joint effort of the HRA and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DRC) in accordance with the state agency’s master plan to enhance traffic flow, pedestrian safety, and commercial development opportunities within the Nantasket Reservation area, which is under state control.
The project encompasses the town’s business-friendly zoning overlay district along Nantasket Avenue, as well as the urban renewal property owned and maintained by the HRA, which has been a major supporter and financier of the two-way street redesign concept.
The HRA’s work dates back to the late 1960s, when it was charged with developing a 13-acre parcel of land located between the two roadways under consideration – Nantasket Avenue and Hull Shore Drive – running from Phipps Street to Water Street, between the ocean and bay.
DeCoste said the move from one-way to two-way traffic will benefit the target area in a number of ways.
“With two-way traffic, local shops will have twice as many vehicles passing by their shops. It will also show a more direct roadway [using] Hull Shore Drive Extension. So, those going to the public beach can enter and exit the lots without interrupting local traffic trying to get north of the [war memorial] monument,” DeCoste said.
“The road going from Nantasket Ave. to Phipps Street [along the ocean side of the memorial] will be closed and that area can be added to the monument,” he added. “The road design by Anastos Corner will help prevent drivers from taking the left and going down the wrong way through Surfside.”
Dandrade said the work will include what he called a “road diet,” or narrowing of the roadway, that will provide an extra 28 feet of development space to enhance HRA parking lots.
“This is a huge benefit for buildability and walkability, and for calming traffic,” he said.
“It’s close to the way it is going to be, but there are a lot of tweaks in it,” Dandrade said of the preliminary plan design. “We are very confident about the parameters of the design.”
Nelson Nygaard and TEC completed the feasibility study phase of the work and are ready to move on to phase two of the project, which is tentatively set to begin in January.
The work would focus on Hull Shore Drive and Nantasket Avenue, running from Samoset Avenue to Anastos Corner and converting those streets from one-way pairs to two bi-way streets. The work would also dovetail into DCR plans to develop the Nantasket Reservation area with features including a revamped boardwalk, bike lanes, and increased green space.
The third and final phase will be the complete buildout of the project, DeCoste said.
“I think it’s a realistic goal,” he said.
The current road configuration, which created Hull Shore Drive and Hull Shore Drive Extension and converted the Surfside portion of Nantasket Avenue to one-way traffic, was implemented in the 1970s. Town officials then believed the road plan was needed to help accomplish the newlycreated HRA’s urban renewal plans.
But those development plans never came to fruition, and many Hull residents have been stymied for years by intense traffic bottlenecks throughout Surfside, particularly in summer, when Nantasket Beach is thronged by daytrippers.
According to the town’s consultants, restoring a two-way road system will:
- Preserve the same amount of through vehicle capacity while providing alternate circulating routes for travelers.
- Disperse traffic on multiple routes to avoid concentrated pinch points.
- Lower vehicle speeds, making area roadways safer for pedestrians and bicyclists.
- Provide multiple options for residents to avoid beach traffic.
- Provide a more logical connection of streets with multiple opportunities to recirculate without using the existing circuitous arrangement of oneway streets “This will reduce overall travel distances and travel times,” Dandrade said.
- Improve emergency access by providing a means of redirecting traffic if one roadway is blocked.
- Add curbside parking to promote access to businesses and create a more engaging streetscape environment.
- Provide opportunities for future Surfside seasonal/ cultural events where the town can close either roadway to vehicles and still keep traffic moving on the other street.
“The proposed roadway designs respect a ‘Complete Streets’ philosophy, whereby we are seeking to improve the experience for motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists, and will result in an overall reduction of pavement,” Dandrade said.
The grant application “builds upon the successful implementation of the 2012 MassWorks award for Nantasket Avenue in Surfside, [which] merely required [the town’s] restriping in that section of roadway. That prior investment led to reoccupancy of retail storefronts and improvements by the [Nantasket Beach] Resort,” he said.
The requested $4.13M investment is expected to be a spur for the development of the HRA property, fulfilling authority members’ goals of attracting “high-quality” residential units, a hotel, and a mix of shops and restaurants in an effort to make Nantasket Beach a year-’round destination.
“The proposed roadway improvements and the development will knit together the Surfside and Kenberma village areas with a vibrant walkable corridor,” Dandrade said.
Hull Director of Community Planning and Development Chris Dilorio said the two-way road concept for the Nantasket area went through a “robust public discussion and comment period.” As the design and engineering work continues to develop public meetings will be held to solicit comments on the proposal, he said.
Following that period, the local permit process would include board of selectmen, conservation commission, and planning board for new roadway construction. The state permit process would include a MEPA filing, MassDOT, and DCR access permits.
“Various utility relocation permits would be required, as well. It is anticipated that the permits would be obtained by mid- to late 2018,” Dilorio said.
To show widespread support for the grant application, Dandrade recommended a meeting with selectmen and business stakeholders be held within the next 60 days.
Town officials placed an early estimate for the two-way road conversion project at $2 million. Other potential sources of funding include the Complete Streets program, as well as the TIPS program (Transportation Improvement Program), which parcels out federal funds supplied through the state.
Hull recently received a $6.7 million TIP grant for the reconstruction of Atlantic Avenue. However, Dandrade said the $4.13 million MassWorks grant would be the “biggest catalyst” for economic development of the area.
Those who are interested in learning more about the two-way design proposal or the HRA may access the authority’s website at www.hra02045.com.
The HRA is working with the Town of Hull, the DCR, and MassDOT to design a two-way road system from Phipps Street to Anastos Corner. The following presentation on the two-way road design was made to the Board of Selectmen on June 15, 2017. This design should be complete in the fall of 2017. The HRA and the Board of Selectmen will have public hearings before any changes are made.
Hull Redevelopment Authority
c/o Community Development
253 Atlantic Avenue
Hull, MA 02045
We hope you can assist us!
We are seeking a professional planner to work with us as part of a Retained Services Agreement described in the enclosed Request for Quote of Services.
If you know qualified individuals who would be interested in working with the Hull Redevelopment Authority, or if you are interested yourself, please review the enclosed Request.
Please note that all Quotes for Services are due no later than July 5, 2017.
Clerk, Hull Redevelopment Authority
The Hull Redevelopment Authority is seeking vendors to operate at its Nantasket Beach Main Lots from May 1, 2017 thru September 30, 2017. There is a fee of $1000.00 dollars to operate as a vendor for the season.
Vendor Applications must be submitted in a sealed envelope clearly marked Vendor License Application by February 27, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. to:
Community Development Office
Hull Town Hall, Second Floor
Office hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 8:30AM - 4:00PM, Tuesday: 8:30AM – 7:00PM
All questions regarding the application process should be directed to Robert Decoste at firstname.lastname@example.org
The HRA has published a Request for Proposals (RFP) to develop approximately four acres of the HRA property. Developer proposals must be submitted by March 2017.
BOSTON, MA, October 19, 2016 – The Hull Redevelopment Authority (HRA), tasked with creating a "sense of place" in the coastal Massachusetts community, has hired JLL's Public Institutions team to market its waterfront parcel in Hull, MA. With a variety of potential mixed-use applications including residential, retail, restaurant, hotel, and resort, the Nantasket Beach Development Opportunity offers a rare chance to purchase and improve an historic beachfront site overlooking the Massachusetts Bay. The parcel, which is cleared and ready for development, begins near Water Street and extends approximately 0.3 miles along Hull Shore Drive.
The Nantasket Beach Development Opportunity is one of the most desirable waterfront properties on the east coast and has been actively improved in recent years. The HRA worked with the community and MassDevelopment to complete a pre-development Master Plan for the site, which includes ample open space, a boardwalk and direct access to Nantasket Beach Reservation and the scenic Weir River Park.
"The Hull Redevelopment Authority has worked with various state agencies and consultants to implement numerous upgrades to the Nantasket Beach area and put in place zoning that would allow for an impactful development to be built," said Bartley Kelly, Chair of the Hull Redevelopment Authority. "In addition to the incredible amount of due diligence done on this parcel, the surrounding amenities – public transportation, the World's End Sanctuary, Nantasket Beach – make it a prime development opportunity. The HRA is excited for the opportunity to receive bid proposals that will present transformative projects which will leave an indelible mark in the Hull Community."
In addition to numerous amenities along Nantasket Beach, where the population doubles during peak summer season, the property is just a half mile from the publicly accessible Steamboat Wharf Marina, Hull's oldest working yacht and shipyard. The area is also just a short ferry ride from Logan Airport, Downtown Boston and the Boston Harbor Islands, all reachable from Hull's nearby Pemberton Point. The MBTA commuter train and bus are also just a few short miles away in adjacent Hingham.
"The Nantasket Beach Development Opportunity will give the development community the opportunity to create an unmatched waterfront town center for Hull residents and Nantasket Beach visitors," said Zoe Agnew, Public Institutions Manager at JLL. "With the infrastructure upgrades that have already been made around the parcel and the planning that the community, HRA and DCR has put into the site, we believe that now is the perfect time to offer this parcel to the development community."
A Request for Proposals will be released later this fall. Please visit www.HRARealty.com for schedule updates and additional information about the parcel.
About Hull Redevelopment Authority
The Hull Redevelopment Authority is charged with creating a "Sense of Place" in the Hull community through development that provides tax revenue, open space recreation, job growth, improved business environment, event venues, and parking for Nantasket Beach within an effective and efficient traffic pattern for Hull citizens and visitors. In order to do so, the HRA has established the following principles for their board:
- Maintain public confidence and trust in the HRA via transparent communication.
- Recognize the value and intention of citizens who offer feedback, both positive and critical.
- Communicate board meeting minutes and news with clarity and in a timely manner.
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In 2015, the HRA was approached by Hull resident Jim Alibrandi, on behalf of the Leeber-Tierney Golf Classic, with an offer of a donation to construct a gazebo or small pavilion on the bayside portion of the HRA property, with the intended use as a bandstand or venue for other entertainment events.
The Leeber-Tierney Golf Classic is a yearly charity event established to honor the memory of Blaise Leeber and Donald Tierney, both of whom were raised in Hull and were active members of the community. The event draws almost 150 golfers yearly and in seven years has raised and given away a total of $85,000 to Hull organizations, including Wellspring, the Hull Boosters Club, Hull Youth Football, Seat Swap, Hull Boy Scouts, Hull High Hockey, Hull Theatre Arts, and the Hull Scholarship Fund.
The HRA voted to explore this offer by conducting research of the initial cost of purchase and of installation. Due to government regulations which the HRA is obligated to follow, this research is still ongoing with the expectation of a pavilion being installed in the near future.
The HRA approved the placement of a sign on the property announcing the forthcoming pavilion. The sign will be removed in November and reinstalled in May, 2017.
In the effort to aid in the restoration of the historic Fort Revere, the HRA has voted unanimously to fund the expenditure of up to $10,000 on anti-graffiti paint for coverage of selected surfaces at the site. The fort has long been a target of vandals and the paint will make it easier to remove spray-paint graffiti from the concrete structures. In an example of the continued cooperation between the HRA and the DCR, the DCR will provide the painting crew and labor. Work will begin in late summer.
On Memorial Day, 2016, the corner of Q St. and Nantasket Ave. was dedicated to the memory of William Tierney, who once served as the HRA’s relocation director. The following letter was received by the HRA from Hull resident Charlie Gould.
William Tierney was honored by the Town of Hull by having a square dedication at Q Street and Nantasket Avenue named for him on this past Memorial Day. This commemorated his service to the community, state, and nation in World War II and the Korean War.
Bill was the relocation director for the HRA. He relocated well over 100 people from the urban renewal area and also numerous businesses.
His family roots in Hull ran deep. His grandfather, Dr. Sylvester, was one of the town’s physicians. Marie, Bill’s mother, lost another son in the service of his country during World War II. She is honored as a Gold Star Mother at the Hull Cemetery. Hull honored Marie and Matt’s son by naming a street for him. It is located on Allerton Hill.
Prior to being appointed relocation director by the HRA, Billy Tierney was a schoolteacher and a naval officer.
Dear Residents of Bay Street and adjacent streets,
This letter is to inform you that the HRA has modified our use of the HRA owned land at the intersection of Bay Street and Nantasket Avenue.
Starting immediately, the area that is accessed by a driveway on Bay Street (across from the former Riva’s Pizza rear parking lot) will be dedicated for use solely by the Nantasket Beach Resort and Conference Center.
Signage will be installed indicating that this is a parking lot for the Resort only.
We will continue our practice of allowing any Hull Resident with a valid parking sticker to park for FREE at any of the leased HRA lots. These lots include the Triangle Lot (formerly the resort lot), the large main lot, and the northern lot at Phipps Street. Additional Municipal Parking is also FREE at the lot adjacent to the Hull Electric Light Plant.
Remember, any Hull Resident with a valid parking sticker is able to park for FREE in the Triangle, Main, and Phipps Street parking lots.
As always, if you have any questions about this issue or any issue related to the HRA, please send us your question and/or comments.
Hull Redevelopment Authority
The Hull Redevelopment Authority (HRA) invites competitive proposals from qualified Real Estate/Marketing consultants to provide services for the sale of its land, 12.8 acres, at Nantasket Beach in Hull.
The Request for Proposals file below is available for information purposes only. To become an “Official Applicant”, please follow the instructions located on the first page of the document.