As part of its formation, the Emery Estate Advisory Committee was charged with identifying desired uses for the Emery Estate and developing a financial plan to improve and maintain the property while allowing for its public use and enjoyment.
Between 2011 and 2012, the Committee worked with a consultant team through several months of meetings. The Committee Members discussed ideas and provided responses and direction to the consultant team, made up of two planning and economic development firms. The Cecil Group of Weymouth was the lead firm responsible for planning, public process, and design. The Cambridge Economic Research associates of Cambridge, Massachusetts provided support and completed the market and financial assessments.
The public had a special opportunity to participate in the process with an open house at the Emery Estate prior to an open session at the Abigail Adams Middle School. During the session, consultants presented the public with an overview of the site and their findings, and then participants were given the chance to present their own ideas for how to use the property. Comments from the participants were positive and helped frame the level of participation and quality of public use desired for the Emery Estate.
Through the planning process, the Advisory Committee determined that the Town would like to hold a large number and variety of public events at the property but a financially-strong program of activities is needed to ensure its long-term maintenance as a unique Town resource. A final reuse plan was presented to the Mayor in 2012. Its purposes is to provide the Town with guidance in establishing a process for programming uses for the property and finding a balance of capital investment and revenue-generating activities to support the continued, enjoyable public use of the property.