The mayor's office announced today that Birch Street, a tiny, narrow street that lets motorists circle from Belgrade Avenue back to Belgrade Avenue, will be shut permanently by next summer to create a pedestrian plaza.
The city had shut the street for a week in May to determine if the proposal could work.
The city hired an architectural firm, Merritt Chase, to work with the city, Roslindale Village Main Street and business owners on the short street to come up with the plan.
In a statement, Mayor Walsh said, "This project will make Roslindale Village even more vibrant, and we look forward to similarly transforming more street space at locations throughout our neighborhoods."
One of the business owners, Adam Shutes, owner of the Boston Cheese Cellar (located next to a wine shop, of course), praised the proposal: ""The pedestrianization of Birch Street will give residents and visitors a safe and appealing place to sit, interact, and relax as they visit the neighborhood. It will help strengthen Roslindale's social fabric, be a source of pride, and no doubt grow into a space which will host more events, such as the Fall Festival and Holiday Market."