‘Conceptual’ plan would site new shopping center next to South Bay

Mike Deehan Special to the Reporter
Sep. 22, 2011

A Boston development firm has begun working on a “conceptual” plan to acquire and re-develop several tracts of land along Boston Street adjacent to the South Bay Mall, according to civic activists who discussed the emerging plan at the monthly meeting of the McCormack Civic Association on Tuesday night.

McCormack Civic executive board member Desmond Rohan described the shopping expansion plan as “strictly conceptual” and said that no land-acquisitions have yet taken place. However, Rohan said the civic group has been provided with a copy of the plan designed by the developer Samuels & Associates, the same Boston firm that created the South Bay Mall in the 1990s.

In a statement issued to the Reporter yesterday, Samuels & Associates confirmed that the company is in “the very early stages of exploring a possible project in Dorchester."  Read more

Gov. Patrick ponders post-public life: 'I'd like to maybe run a company'

Kyle Cheney, State House News Service
Sep. 15, 2011

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, visiting Boston with Denver business leaders, told Gov. Deval Patrick on Thursday that people all over the country talk about him as “a likely presidential candidate.”

At an event at the Intercontinental Hotel on the Boston waterfront, Hickenlooper, a Democrat, put Patrick on the spot about his future, which Patrick insists will be in the private sector and out of elective office.

“Assuming you don’t go into the White House … what do you think about in terms of what direction you want to go?” Hickenlooper asked.  Read more

Gallivan Blvd. McDonald's closed after morning fire

Fire at Gallivan Blvd. McDonald'sFire at Gallivan Blvd. McDonald'sA gas-fueled kitchen fire at the McDonald’s restaurant on Gallivan Boulevard injured one worker and caused heavy damage inside the building this morning. The fire began shortly before 7 a.m. as workers were trying to start a stove inside the restaurant, which suffered heavy smoke damage, according to employees.

A worker leaving the scene this morning told the Reporter that one worker burned her hand in the incident. She said that there was a heavy odor of gas just before the fire erupted. Smoke was seen rising from the restaurant at 511 Gallivan Boulevard near Adams Corner, snarling traffic in the neighborhood during the morning commute as emergency crews responded.  Read more

City Hall takes aim at Glover’s Corner gridlock "disaster"

Traffic mess: Cars and trucks were stacked up at 2:15 on Tuesday on Dorchester Ave. southbound near Glover's Corner.Traffic mess: Cars and trucks were stacked up at 2:15 on Tuesday on Dorchester Ave. southbound near Glover's Corner.City Hall is seeking ways to remedy the traffic troubles plaguing the intersection at Dorchester Avenue and Freeport Street, also known as Glover’s Corner.

City Councillor Maureen Feeney called the intersection a “disaster” and said Boston Transportation Department officials are working to fix the problem. “It’s hard to believe one intersection has caused so much trouble,” she told members of the Columbia Savin Hill Civic Association who had raised concerns about the traffic situation.  Read more

Few property owners on Mattapan Main Streets board

Alex Owens, Special to the Reporter
Sep. 15, 2011

The Mattapan Square Main Streets board of directors held a public “visioning” meeting at the Mattapan Branch Library on Tuesday night, the first such event held by the organization since it was officially designated by City Hall last fall. Tuesday’s event was intended to gauge public opinion and serve as a brainstorming session for specific improvements that could be introduced to Mattapan Square through the program. Nearly 60 community members attended and gathered into several discussion groups to outline long and short term goals, and to discuss the current state of Mattapan Square.  Read more

BRA Chief Meade: Investors think Boston’s hot

State House News Service
Sep. 14, 2011

Boston’s development chief on Tuesday offered a bullish assessment of near-term prospects for growth in the city, ticking off projects recently completed and claiming global investors view Boston as one of four or five “hot cities” in the United States.  Read more

Milestone for new health center in Mattapan Square

Aug. 17, 2011

New Mattapan Health Center Topping-OffNew Mattapan Health Center Topping-OffMattapan Community Health Center celebrated a milestone in the construction of its new facility with a topping-off ceremony this afternoon. Patients, staff, neighbors and supporters signed a steel beam that was placed on the top of the new four-story building that is rising at 1575 Blue Hill Ave. The $34 million building - due to be complete next summer— will also house a pharmacy and bank branch.  Read more

AG Coakley accuses Peggy O'Neil's, Dot Ave. bar, of discrimination

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Aug. 15, 2011

Attorney General Martha Coakley this week announced a discrimination lawsuit against Peggy O’Neil’s, a Dorchester Avenue bar, accusing the establishment of a “pattern of not allowing customers of color to enter and use the bar.” The pub’s co-owner and her sister staunchly rejected the charges, chalking one of them up to a misunderstanding and another to one of the group members having had too much to drink.  Read more

Hearing examines proposed crackdown on problem properties

Callum Borchers, Special to the Reporter
Jul. 7, 2011

Boston Police Superintendent-in-Chief Daniel Linskey: Testified during Wednesday's City Council hearing. Photo by Callum BorchersBoston Police Superintendent-in-Chief Daniel Linskey: Testified during Wednesday's City Council hearing. Photo by Callum BorchersThe Menino Administration explained Wednesday the discretion implied in a proposed city ordinance that would bill negligent landlords for police details at properties that generate frequent service calls. A city task force organized by the Mayor's office unveiled its first likely target on Tuesday: A Roxbury three-decker that has been a chronic source of 911 emergency calls in recent months.

Addressing the City Council’s Committee on Government Operations, Corporation Counsel Bill Sinnott stressed the legislation’s benchmarks—referral to the newly formed Problem Properties Task Force after four serious crime calls in a year’s time, monetary charges after eight—are simply guidelines.

“What the city wants to emphasize,” Sinnott said, “is this is not a numerical exercise. The numbers are there as a trigger, as a prompt for the city to take action to address the problems and to look for solutions.”  Read more

Freeport Tavern latest Dot eatery to go al fresco

Michael Caprio, Special to the Reporter
Jun. 30, 2011

Freeport Tavern general manager Andrew Wilbur tests the torches on the restaurant’s new patio area, which opened last night. Photo by Michael CaprioFreeport Tavern general manager Andrew Wilbur tests the torches on the restaurant’s new patio area, which opened last night. Photo by Michael Caprio

The Freeport Tavern’s new fire-pit patio held its inaugural seating last night. With live music and, now, al-fresco dining, the Tavern is taking the next step toward becoming Dorchester’s “everyday” neighborhood restaurant.

“There was a time when people viewed us as a place that you would just come once in a while,” says Andrew Wilbur, general manager of the Freeport St. restaurant. “We want people to frequent us … to say that they want to come here more often than ‘once in a while.’”

Wilbur hopes the new patio area – and its accompanying live entertainment and fire pits – will help accomplish that.  Read more