Proposal For Public Food­­­ Market Developer & Operator

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Proposer Team

leasing entity

The Boston Public Market Association, Inc. (“BPMA”) is a Massachusetts nonprofit corporation whose mission is to create a permanent, year-round market in downtown Boston providing the public with the best in fresh, healthy food from local growers and producers. The BPMA will master lease the Parcel 7 ground-floor retail facility, and will sublease specific stalls to individual vendors and operational partners. The BPMA Board of Directors will supervise Market operations at a policy level. Professional Market staff will be responsible for day-to-day operations as further described in this proposal.

Relevant Experience

Expertise in three business sectors that are typically entirely distinct – food production, distribution, and sales; the real estate development process; and institutional fundraising – will all be essential to successfully completing the Boston Public Market project. Vendor sourcing and food retail experience will be necessary to program the Market hall, identify and select tenants, and oversee day-to-day operations. To permit, design, and construct a highly functional market hall will require a robust real estate development capacity. Finally, a strong institutional advancement team will be needed to fully fund the Market’s creation. BPMA Board members have overseen numerous complex projects in all three of these critical areas of competency.

The nucleus of the BPMA emerged from the Massachusetts agricultural and culinary sectors. Two former Agricultural Commissioners for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Gus Schumacher and Douglas Gillespie, are longtime BPMA Board members. Mr. Schumacher additionally served as an Under Secretary of Agriculture at the USDA during the Clinton administration, and is today the Executive Vice President of Policy at the Wholesome Wave Foundation. Mr. Gillespie, currently the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Farm Bureau Foundation, now represents more than 6,500 member farmers within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Board member Jeff Cole is the Executive Director of the Federation of Massachusetts Farmers Markets. Our food team additionally includes culinary experts Chris Douglass, a pioneer in the local restaurant sourcing movement, and Cambridge School of Culinary Arts founder Bill Dowling, who has trained many of the area’s prominent chefs. Marc Smith, former CEO of Stop & Shop, has overseen the procurement, marketing, and operations functions for this leading commercial grocer at the individual store, regional, and nationwide levels.
The BPMA real estate team is experienced in all facets of the acquisition, permitting, financing, and leasing of real estate. Yanni Tsipis, a Senior Vice President and Shareholder of Colliers International, is a real estate development advisor on complex, large-scale real estate projects in the metropolitan area. Jim Friedman’s law practice specializes in sophisticated commercial real estate transactions, with an emphasis on leasing and financing. Andrew Grace is an architect and urban planner with extensive experience in large-scale, mixed-use urban renewal projects. Tom Davis, who is both an attorney and a real estate project manager, has overseen broad-ranging community redevelopment efforts centered on affordable housing development. Permitting attorney Don Wiest, whose practice focuses on Boston real estate development, is a co-founder of a leading Boston law firm serving all sectors of the real estate industry.
A major private capital campaign must supplement the Commonwealth’s investment in the Public Market project. The institutional advancement professionals on the BPMA team have led development initiatives for Boston-area nonprofits that have in total raised several hundred million dollars.
A more extensive discussion of the backgrounds and areas of professional focus of our Board team appear in Component II, Section 7
Prior BPMA Projects

In preparation for operating a permanent public market, the BPMA has run seasonal farmers markets in downtown Boston since 2005. The BPMA’s Dewey Square Market, initiated in 2006, represented the first activation of the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway. These seasonal markets, operated from May through November, have brought superb, delicious food to local consumers while providing access to the Boston marketplace for dozens of area farmers and other food producers. As further detailed in Component II, Section 7B, the BPMA has worked consistently to expand the impact of its seasonal markets, including adding supplemental programming during market days (e.g., cookbook signings), running off-season special food events, and engaging in community outreach, such as to area soup kitchens and shelters in connection with our markets’ eligibility for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Bounty Bucks payments.

other team members


Architects: CBT Architects. CBT is a Boston-based professional design firm providing services in architecture, interior design, and urban design. Founded in 1967, the firm works nationally and internationally on projects that range from urban district master planning to large-scale mixed-use developments, to civic buildings, corporate and restaurant interiors, and academic projects.
Preconstruction Services Provider: Suffolk Construction Company, Inc. Founded and headquartered in Boston, Suffolk is one of the most successful privately held building contracting firms in the country. Suffolk provides preconstruction, construction management, design-build, and general contracting services to clients in all major industry sectors, including commercial, healthcare, education, science & technology, food service, and government.
Structural Engineer: McNamara/Salvia, Inc. McNamara/Salvia brings award winning creativity, innovation, and experience in structural design for a variety of project types. The firm specializes in all types of building structures including world-class medical, educational and research facilities, urban and suburban corporate headquarters and campuses, high-rise towers, retail, commercial and mixed-use developments, and multi-unit residential structures.
Civil Engineer: Nitsch Engineering. Nitsch Engineering specializes in providing civil engineering, land surveying, transportation engineering, sustainable site consulting, planning, and GIS services. Founded in 1989, the firm has worked with a wide range of clients on major private development and public infrastructure projects in 17 states and five countries.
MEP Engineer: Vanderweil Engineers. Founded in 1950, Vanderweil Engineers is a highly experienced mechanical, electrical, plumbing (MEP) and fire protection consulting engineering firm. Vanderweil provides design excellence and innovative solutions to engineering challenges for clients in the academic, athletic, commercial, healthcare, industrial, mission-critical, telecommunications, power and utilities, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology industries.
Traffic Engineer: Howard/Stein-Hudson Associates. Howard/Stein-Hudson Associates is a transportation-consulting firm experienced in advancing complex projects on behalf of clients. HSH provides transportation planning, traffic engineering, civil engineering, and public involvement/strategic planning for public agencies, institutions, design and construction firms, developers, corporations, law firms, and environmental consultants.

Epicurean Endeavors, LLC. Principal Nora Carey holds both a Grande Diplôme de Cuisine from La Varenne, Paris, and an MBA, and has consulted on the design, build out, and operations of approximately 50 restaurants, as well as numerous culinary festivals and specialty food events. Prior projects include Sir Terence Conran’s mixed-use Butler’s Wharf development in London, the opening of 30 restaurants for Euro Disneyland near Paris, launching the American affiliate of the Bocuse d’Or international culinary competition, and managing the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival at Walt Disney World.


Permitting: Brennan, Dain, Le Ray, Wiest, Torpy & Garner, P.C. Brennan, Dain, Le Ray, Wiest, Torpy & Garner, P.C. is a leading Boston law firm focused on the real estate industry. BDLWTG offers developers, business and property owners and users experienced legal representation in all aspects of real estate development, ownership, and operation.
Leasing and Financing: Bernkopf Goodman LLP. Bernkopf Goodman provides representation across the full spectrum of commercial real estate and business transactions as well as complex litigation. Founded in 1894, Bernkopf Goodman ranks among Boston’s oldest and most respected law firms.
General Corporate, Tax, and Litigation: Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. Founded in 1948, Skadden is a prominent law firm based in New York City. With nearly 2,000 attorneys, it is one of the largest and most well-respected law firms in the world, counting a majority of the Fortune 500’s top 50 companies as clients. Skadden’s Boston office, the firm’s first office outside New York, has represented national and international clients in corporate and litigation matters of critical importance for almost 40 years. Skadden has provided pro bono legal assistance to the BPMA on numerous occasions.


Digital Interactive Group: DIG is a full-service digital marketing agency with social media at the core. DIG delivers highly interactive marketing programs that help companies unlock the social potential of their brands and amplify its impact to drive business results.
Marlo Marketing/Communications: MMC is a full-service agency that excels in strategic, integrated PR, and marketing campaigns for best-of-class consumer products and services, including many restaurant and hospitality concerns. With offices in Boston and New York, MMC serves clients and collaborates with media and other key influencers nationally and internationally.
Additional Information:

Additional materials identifying individual service providers and providing information relating to past projects are included in the Additional Information section of Component II. 7. A. Resumes.

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