Burkis Square Betterment Project
- be the change you want to see -
Downtown Framingham, Inc. is teaming up with New England Security Protective Services Agency to provide outreach and engagement services to our downtown business owners in Burkis Square, many of whom are women of color. We’re collaborating with the City to make this mixed-use area extra welcoming and vibrant this summer for residents, visitors, and shop keepers. Our downtown marketing survey shows that downtown businesses cater their goods and services toward a family audience.
Starting July 15, the Downtown Engagement Team will work from 12 pm to 6 pm to:
greet and build relationships with shopkeepers and downtown patrons
greet an build relationships with individuals outside
take anonymous reports from shopkeepers and individuals outside
hand out shopping maps,
make phone calls to the City,
accompany customers to their vehicles,
preserve clear and open entryways
help our most deserving (and sometimes overlooked) shopkeepers feel extra comfortable so they can focus solely on making customers happy!
share daily activities and observations with SMOC and FPD
At least 20 women-run businesses in this one-block area can heighten their productivity and usher in more customers to reach their small business goals.
A higher return on investment for businesses means they can hire more workers, spreading community wealth and a higher quality of life throughout this area.
Engage individuals outside to portray a calm, welcoming atmosphere, and humanize individuals through Downtown Diaries program.
Thank you for supporting Burkis Square! DFI will conduct a business climate survey in late summer/early fall to gauge effectiveness.
- Summer Business Climate Survey
- Track calls to police and fire departments
- Release weekly reports of accomplishments of the detail
Women of Burkis Square
Vanda Oliveira- 18 months running Vanda’s Salon at 53 Hollis Street
Edilene Silveira - 13 years running Imperial Jewelry at 52 Hollis Street
Keila - 18 years running New Face Hair Design at 54 Hollis Street
Adeila Jaramillo - 7 years running Pueblito Paisa at 66 Hollis Street
109 cities across the country have invested in outreach support! Let’s make sure Framingham is the next! Source: http://blockbyblock.com/why
Not convinced? A few stats from 2018:
146 ambulance calls were placed to the Hollis/Irving streets intersection
189 police calls were placed to the Hollis / Irving streets intersection
87% of small businesses in the Central Business District located south of Route 135 stated that their own clients were often too afraid to come to their stores
This investment can deliver a dramatic change to our area!
Burkis Square Believers to date:
State Rep Jack P. Lewis
State Rep Maria Robinson
Bullard Building, LLC - Brian Li
NAPA Auto Parts - Andrew Lemieux
Simon’s Auto Body
Real Travel - Fernanda Abreu
Adam Blumer and Sarah Guernsey
Lori and Keith Moser
Wes and Carol Delano
Wellington Lopes of Tango Pizza, Pitbull Framingham, and Pantaneira Fashion
Councilor Michael Cannon
Tesoro Supermarket - Diego Restrepo
Philip, Valerie and Julia Ottaviani
Golden Circle Framingham - Roman Vynnytskyi
Fabio Gomes of Tax Advisor
Irwin Blumer and Andrea Haynes
District 8 Councilor Judy Grove
Mary Kate Feeney
Dr. Adam Steiner
Itala Keller - IK Images
CoreFit -Claudia and Gui
Bill and Jackie Judd
Fitzpatrick Family Law
Franklin St. Cafe - Elen and Anderson Barros
Flag Day Parade watchers
brewCycle event attendees
YOUR NAME HERE!
Avidia Charitable Foundation presents
Virtual Eyes on the Street
“ It takes a village to raise a child "
The Framingham Police Department believes that proactive community policing strategies and tactics such as crime analysis, problem solving and community partnerships collectively address environmental and social issues that may lead to crime.
Police must witness illegal activity to take immediate and direct action.
In an emergency, dial 911
To report a non-emergency, call (508) 872-1212 extension 6.
Urban Safety Tactics
Redesign street furniture
Activate storefront spaces
Acquire grant funding for outreach services
Acquire grant funding for additional cameras and lighting
Become a downtown safety liaison
Officers Dinis Avila and Stephen Buma of the Framingham Police Department’s Safety Division have been assigned to exclusively patrol Downtown Framingham. Officers Avila and Buma work with local partners to develop community connections among downtown businesses, residents and stakeholders. Their goals include identifying and implementing neighborhood-based police services to reduce crime, improve the overall quality of life, and build a stronger, safer neighborhood and central commercial district.