Burkis Square Betterment Project
- be the change you want to see -
Downtown Framingham, Inc. is teaming up with a downtown-focused private company to provide services to our downtown business owners in Burkis Square, many of whom are women of color. We only need 100 donors to chip in $250.00 each to make our mixed-use area extra welcoming and vibrant this summer for our children, local residents, and shop keepers.
Our plain-clothed, business outreach detail will:
greet downtown patrons,
hand out shopping maps,
preserve clear and open entryways, and
help our most deserving (and sometimes overlooked) shopkeepers feel extra comfortable so they can focus solely on making customers happy!
At least 15 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. 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, including every call placed and result of action
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
Adam Blumer and Sarah Guernsey
Wellington Lopes of Tango Pizza, Pitbull Framingham, and Pantaneira Fashion
Councilor Michael Cannon
Philip, Valerie and Julia Ottaviani
Roman Vynnytskyi of Golden Circle Framingham
Fabio Gomes of Tax Advisor
Irwin Blumer and Andrea Haynes
District 8 Councilor Judy Grove
Mary Kate Feeney
Flag Day Parade watchers
brewCycle event attendees
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.