Copley Wolff Design Group Selected To Lead Landscape Design For Mary Ellen McCormack Redevelopment


Copley Wolff Design Group (Copley Wolff), a leading landscape architecture and planning firm, has been selected as part of the design team, led by WinnCompanies, for the $1.6 billion redevelopment of New England’s first public housing complex, Mary Ellen McCormack in South Boston.

As landscape architect on the 27-acre site, Copley Wolff will focus on producing a site design that integrates with the surrounding neighborhood, providing accessible, walkable streets and welcoming community spaces.

“As a firm whose mission is focused on creating memorable spaces that bring people together, the Copley Wolff team is energized by the opportunity to reimagine the open spaces within the Mary Ellen McCormack site,” said Andrew Arbaugh, Project Manager at Copley Wolff Design Group. “Our goals for this project center around optimizing connectivity and open space, creating a community that seamlessly links with the surrounding neighborhoods and generating social interactions.”

The redevelopment plan proposes the creation of a vibrant mixed-income community with 200 workforce/middle-income apartments. Through a public feedback process, Copley Wolff will use the community’s input to inform a dynamic design that may include public gathering spaces, gardens, courtyards, roof decks, playgrounds and parks. Copley Wolff hopes to build upon the existing and familiar street patterns of the neighborhood to connect to major and secondary streets, with open spaces woven in to provide pedestrian and bicycle connections to Moakley Park and public transportation.

The redevelopment of Mary Ellen McCormack serves as one of the many examples of Copley Wolff’s extensive expertise in multifamily and streetscape projects. Notable examples include Clarendon Hill Housing in Somerville, Lyman Terrace in Holyoke, Hub 25 in Boston; and Jefferson at Malden Center.

About Copley Wolff Design Group

Copley Wolff Design Group is a landscape architecture and planning firm located in downtown Boston, MA. They specialize in the planning and design of academic, housing, green roof, corporate, institutional, mixed-use, park, streetscape, and children's play and discovery projects throughout the country. Founded in 1990, CWDG believes in the power of people and place and collectively works to create memorable places for our daily lives, celebrations, and recreation. For more information visit

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