Business

Editorial: A welcome wave of development

If there are any lingering doubts that the local economy is poised for a strong bounce-back in the next few years, a quick review of the Reporter’s front pages over the last month is instructive. In particular, there is ample evidence that the Morrissey Boulevard corridor that links Savin Hill and Columbia Point is ready to blossom, with new buildings and renewal projects aimed at reinvigorating this well-situated northern nook of Dorchester.  Read more

Feeney Brothers build new home in a familiar place

Greg and Brendan Feeney: Entrepreneurs have built a thiving utility excavation business from their base in Dorchester. Above, the brothers are shown outside their newly renovated headquarters on Clayton Street. Photo by Bill ForryGreg and Brendan Feeney: Entrepreneurs have built a thiving utility excavation business from their base in Dorchester. Above, the brothers are shown outside their newly renovated headquarters on Clayton Street. Photo by Bill Forry

Greg and Brendan Feeney don’t have to share an office on the spacious third floor of their new headquarters on Park Street. There’s plenty of room here for the owners of one of the region’s top utility contractors to spread out if they really wanted to.

But the Feeney brothers have been sharing space with good humor and great success since the day they started their own business back in 1987 from the back porch of Brendan’s three-decker home on Elmer Rd.  Read more

Synergy chief: 278-unit complex a 'vote of confidence' in Dot

An aerial view of the proposed project at 25 Morrissey Boulevard. Image courtesy Synergy

A Boston developer will file plans with city officials this week to build a five-story, $60 million residential complex on a long-vacant parcel of land next to the JFK-UMass MBTA station on Morrissey Boulevard. The two- building complex would house 278 units of rental housing intended for a mixed market of young professionals, families, and older residents.

The “Residences at Morrissey Boulevard” project would mark the first phase in what the developers expect will be a 20-year redevelopment effort along this section of the boulevard that will be guided in large part by a city-led master planning process that envisioned a new neighborhood along what is now largely commercial stretch.  Read more

Chambers looking to buy Ch. 56 site for a BMW outlet

Car magnate Herb Chambers intends to purchase the old Ch. 56 property on Morrissey Boulevard and convert it into a pre-owned BMW dealership and repair center.

Chambers, a Dorchester native whose automotive empire now includes 50 dealerships and franchises throughout New England, says he is in the process of buying the property at 75 Morrissey Blvd. from WHDH-TV, which now controls the site. The property is valued at $4.5 million by the city of Boston, but the prospective purchase price has not been disclosed.

Chambers told the Reporter this week that he intends to sell certified, pre-owned BMW cars on the site. The business will also service vehicles that Chambers sells in Dorchester and at his existing BMW dealership on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston.  Read more

Warren in Dot, Brown in Mattapan on small business stump

By 
Michael Norton, State House News Service
Sep. 17, 2012

US Senator Scott Brown visited Auto Service and Tire in Mattapan Square on Monday morning.

Holding slim leads in a pair of new polls and coming off a campaign rally Saturday with Gov. Deval Patrick, U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren planned to tout support from small businesses Monday morning at an event Cedar Groves Gardens in Dorchester.

Warren was at the Adams Street business to promote “hundreds” of small businesses supporting her campaign to unseat Brown, who says Warren would support a raft of job-crushing taxes. Brown’s lone campaign event Monday was a 9:30 a.m. “Thank You for Building This” stop at Auto Service and Tire, 1590 Blue Hill Avenue in Mattapan.  Read more

Reporter readers revel in Dot’s vibrant restaurant scene

By 
Reporter Staff
Aug. 23, 2012

More than 1,000 Dorchester Reporter readers participated in our first-ever Dorchester’s Favorite Restaurants survey earlier this month. After receiving scores of nominations from Facebook and Twitter— we took your favorite suggestions and compiled a very unscientific list of local eateries in a survey broken into 17 different categories.  Read more

Restaurants thrive in Savin Hill Village

Ken Osherow: Key to success of Savin Bar + Kithcen, other eateries on Savin Hill Ave. Photo by Bill ForryKen Osherow: Key to success of Savin Bar + Kitchen, other eateries on Savin Hill Ave. Photo by Bill ForryAt the center of Savin Hill, a burgeoning mini-empire exists. Steps away from the MBTA station is a neighborhood café, an ice cream shop and an upscale eatery that serves lunch and dinner.

All three establishments have something in common: Co-owner and partner Kenneth Osherow, who moved his real estate company to Savin Hill Ave. in 2001, several years after purchasing a three-decker nearby.  Read more

Family pride fuels popular Pat’s of Lower Mills

Pat’s Pizza : Co-owner Pat Newell with employees Kleber Pintz, left and Vinnie Felix. Photo by Bill ForryPat’s Pizza : Co-owner Pat Newell with employees Kleber Pintz, left and Vinnie Felix. Photo by Bill Forry

Pat Newell was well down the path towards a very different career when his younger brother, Brendan, approached him with a novel proposal back in 2005: “How’d you like to go into business with me?” he asked.

Seven years later, the Newell brothers — and their business partner Dave Bolduc— have built on the success of Pat’s Pizza & Catering of Lower Mills, the always-slammed and always-reliable Dot Ave. eatery that churns out enough pizza pies, steak tip dinners, wraps and salads to feed half of Dorchester and the south shore.  Read more

New health center a dream come true in Mattapan Sq.

Dr. Azzie Young: Mattapan Community Health Center President and CEO is shown this week on the third floor patio of the health center’s new home in Mattapan Square. The health center has moved into its sparkling new facility in recent weeks and will celebrate an official grand opening on Sept. 10. 	Photo by Bill ForryDr. Azzie Young: Mattapan Community Health Center President and CEO is shown this week on the third floor patio of the health center’s new home in Mattapan Square. The health center has moved into its sparkling new facility in recent weeks and will celebrate an official grand opening on Sept. 10. Photo by Bill Forry

Dr. Azzie Young is one happy community health center president.

She can see for miles from her corner suite on a third floor perch atop 1575 Blue Hill Avenue. It’s a whole new perspective on the neighborhood from up here— and it’s one she’ll share with all of her employees, who can now enjoy lunch or morning coffee on the adjacent outdoor patio that on a clear day like today offers sweeping views of the Blue Hills, the steeples of Mattapan and, with a peek over the side, the bustling square below.

It’s a view —and a vision — that’s been a long time in the making.  Read more

New building, streetscape eyed for Mt. Vernon St.

Mt. Vernon concept: A non-profit aligned with Corcoran Jennison envisons narrowing a wide Mt. Vernon St. and installing a “cycle track” for bicyclists.Mt. Vernon concept: A non-profit aligned with Corcoran Jennison envisons narrowing a wide Mt. Vernon St. and installing a “cycle track” for bicyclists.

Executives at Corcoran Jennison Companies are planning the construction of a six-story apartment building at the intersection of Mt. Vernon St. and Morrissey Boulevard. A nonprofit funded by developer is also in the conceptual stages of potentially remaking Mt. Vernon St. through the expansion of sidewalks and creation of space for bicycles.  Read more