Joshua DeFlorio

2006 Public Policy Summer Fellow

May 1, 2006
Joshua DeFlorio Graduate Degree: MIT, Department of Urban Studies and Planning
Undergraduate Degree: Brandeis University
Area of interest: Transportation, housing, and development
Agency: MassPort
Supervisor: Lowell Richards, Chief Development Officer, Economic Planning and Development
Project Description: Josh DeFlorio worked in the Department of Economic Planning and Development of the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport). He participated in the real estate disposition process for a waterfront parcel within Massport’s South Boston land holdings, which included researching the permitting, planning, and policy context and compiling the draft RFP. The property, called Parcel K, is positioned at the intersection of Commonwealth Flats, an evolving mixed-use district, and the Port of Boston. Development on the site will serve to facilitate the transition between the different, sometimes incompatible, land uses on either side and act as an important parking resource for both areas. The building or buildings will also complete the finely-grained, pedestrian-oriented streetscape east of D Street and will be ideally located to access the district’s new commercial, residential, retail, and open-space amenities. The RFP will be available in the Fall of 2006.