Two-way traffic available during MWRA pipe rehab in Lower Mills

Reporter Staff
Jun. 6, 2011

Rehabilitation and replacement work of a major water pipeline focused on Adams St. on Monday, opposite the entrance and exit of the Baker Chocolate Factory condominiums. According to an update from the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, two-way traffic is being maintained, and residents of the condos will be able to head into Boston or Milton.

The work, expected to last three weeks, will continue up Adams St. toward Washington St. and Dorchester Ave. A brick island on the median will be removed.  Read more

First Baptist church wins verdict: construction company ordered to pay $288,300

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
May. 6, 2011

A Hyde Park construction firm must pay Dorchester’s First Baptist Church over $288,000 in damages after a Suffolk Superior Court jury issued a verdict in the church’s favor this week.  Read more

Lower Mills eatery Common Ground will not re-open

Common Ground: Common Ground’s location at the corner of  Dorchester Avenue and Richmond Street. Ed Forry photoCommon Ground: Common Ground’s location at the corner of Dorchester Avenue and Richmond Street. Ed Forry photoWhen Common Ground, the unique café and restaurant in Lower Mills, closed its doors two months ago, customers and fellow merchants were not too alarmed. The Twelve Tribes religious community that has operated the Dot Ave. business for the last 17 years passed word that the shut-down was just a temporary phase as the restaurant underwent renovations.

Over the weekend, though, an ominous sign changed the mood: A “for lease” placard went up on the window of the Common Ground.

On Monday, two members of the Twelve Tribes community confirmed that Common Ground will not re-open. Instead, the group says they are now searching for a new location— possibly in Dorchester— to start a similar café and bakery.  Read more

Ashmont Cycle sets up shop as springtime waits in wings

Jack Pelletier: Click to expand.Jack Pelletier: Click to expand.A newly opened bicycle shop is hoping to become a hub of activity for bicycling enthusiasts in the Ashmont neighborhood.

“I think the time is right for a shop in the area, and with the changes in Peabody Square,” it’s a great location, said Jack Pelletier, who moved into Dorchester ten years ago and earlier this month opened up Ashmont Cycle.  Read more

Boston Redevelopment chief leaving post

The head of the Boston Redevelopment Authority has submitted his resignation, the Menino administration said Friday. John Palmieri, who has served in the post since 2007, is stepping down on May 1.

The powerful agency oversees economic development and planning within the city.  Read more

Lawmakers split after transportation officials stick with Blue Hill commuter rail stop

Top transportation officials are sticking with their choice to construct a commuter rail station between the Blue Hill Ave. and Cummins Highway overpasses, despite opposition from the area’s abutters. A top senator has also weighed in, saying he remains unconvinced about the location.

Transportation Secretary Jeffrey Mullan and MBTA General Manager Rich Davey met with local lawmakers and some neighborhood residents on Tuesday in state Sen. Jack Hart’s State House office to discuss the siting of the station.  Read more

Concerns flood Lower Mills over MWRA pipeline rehab

Lower Mills MWRA map. Click to enlarge.Lower Mills MWRA map. Click to enlarge.

Fasten your seatbelts, Lower Mills residents.

Starting next month and running into November, Washington Street, Adams Street, and River Street are scheduled to be periodically closed as part of a project of rehabbing and replacing a major pipeline that distributes water to the area.  Read more

Arroyo pushes for neighborhood advocate on Licensing Board

City Councillor At-Large Felix Arroyo is pushing for Gov. Deval Patrick to appoint a neighborhood advocate to the city’s powerful Licensing Board.

The three-member board, which largely grants and regulates alcohol and food licenses for restaurants and nightclubs, among other businesses, has had a vacancy since last July when chairman Daniel Pokaski retired. Patrick appoints the board members.  Read more

New group formed to push business in ‘Savin Hill Village’

Mike Deehan, Special to the Reporter
Jan. 27, 2011

The effort to improve the quality of life in Savin Hill is taking a formalized step with the creation of a new committee focused on development along the neighborhood’s business district.

The Savin Hill Village Business Development Committee, formed as a sub-committee of the Columbia-Savin Hill Civic Association planning board, is dedicated to making improvements along what they are calling “Savin Hill Village,” the stretch of Savin Hill Ave. from the MBTA station to the corner of Saxton St. After a brief organizational meeting late last year, the new group held its first formal meeting Monday evening at the offices of At Home Reality.

“What we’re saying is that we have a nice thing that could be better,” Don Walsh, a local resident and organizer of the group said in an interview with the Reporter.  Read more

Fields Corner retailer will become HomeGoods store

The A.J. Wright store on Geneva Ave. will be converted into a HomeGoods in April. 	Photo by Ed ForryThe A.J. Wright store on Geneva Ave. will be converted into a HomeGoods in April. Photo by Ed Forry
A.J. Wright, one of two anchor tenants in the Fields Corner shopping mall on Geneva Avenue, will close its doors next month as part of a national consolidation plan. But disappointment over the shut-down will be short-lived: The location will re-open as a HomeGoods store in April.

Executives from TJX, the Framingham-based retail company that owns both chains, announced their plans to convert 91 A.J. Wright stores — including the Dorchester location— last month. This week, the company confirmed that it intends to re-purpose the store as a HomeGoods, which specializes in home furnishings and giftware.  Read more