Morrissey 2100 is a community that is Living with Water. Our solution for 2100 sea level rise goes full circle, harkening back to the original boulevard concept – a natural scenic route. Today, Morrissey Boulevard is a major transportation spine and evacuation route connecting South Boston with Dorchester and points south. The roadway provides critical access to residences, schools, retail, businesses, and recreational areas. Important infrastructure surrounds the Boulevard, including the MBTA, electrical and natural gas utilities, and water utilities. The journey to a resilient Morrissey Boulevard, grounded in an adaptive management approach and developed in concert with the community, will:

  • Adapt the infrastructure including multimodal transportation, MBTA, energy utilities, water services and existing buildings
  • Elevate Morrissey neighborhood with fill to the north and as a causeway in the south
  • Restore natural resources along Morrissey where communities work, play, learn, and live

Morrissey 2100 improves pedestrian, bicycle and boat access for recreation, fitness, and transportation opportunities, with JFK T as an intermodal hub. It enhances sense of community and safety through integrated street configuration and ‘shelter-in-place’ facilities at high points. It will be a destination for green and blue discovery, with living labs, demonstration projects, and STEM activities, supported by adjacent educational and cultural institutions. Natural, resilient softer shorelines will, beautify green and blue areas, attenuate storm surge, improve stormwater drainage, provide carbon sequestration, and reduce heat island effects. It includes water quality improvement and ecosystem restoration with marsh grass and aquatic vegetation, especially in Patten’s Cove and Dorchester Bay.

Program planning begins with conceptual design for seven phases. It also establishes the principles of community participation as key to success, and planning which reevaluates anticipated future climate conditions. The first phases shield critical infrastructure at risk, and address zoning and codes for future development. Southern Morrissey is converted to a causeway, alleviating current and future flooding while opening natural areas. The new community is completed by elevating northern Morrissey neighborhood.

A resilient Morrissey Boulevard and the vibrant community it serves will be prepared for 2100 temperatures, precipitation events, storm severity, and sea level rise.

Company Name
CDM Smith

Team Member(s)
Phillip Bock -, LEED Green Associate, Graphics/Writer
Frannie Bui, P.E. — Coastal and Water Resources Engineer, Writer
Robert Button – Civil Engineer, Municipal Infrastructure Planning
Ryan Fogg – Landscape Designer, Master Planning/Graphics
Steven Fusco – RLA, LEED AP, Neighborhood Design, Landscape Architecture, Master Planning
Glenn Howard – Landscape Architect, Master Planning
Lauren Klonsky –Coastal/Water Resources Engineer, Climate Change Expert
Lauren M. Miller – Coastal Engineer, Climate Change Adaptation Expert
Nancy Wheatley – Program Manager, Writer/Reviewer
Jack Wiggin, FAICP, Urban Planner
Cindy Bubb, LEED AP BD+C, Designer
Harry Flamm, LEED AP BD+C, Architect
Tom Jin, AIA, LEED AP, Architect
Jingwei Li – Renderer
John Martin, AIA, LEED AP, Principal Architect
Mark Piatt, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Architect
Julia Prange Wallerce, Livable Streets, Community Advocate
Steve Miller, Livable Streets, Community Advocate