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
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
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
When Sandra Cotterell first arrived at Codman Square Health Center nearly 17 years ago, she was already well on her way to an impressive career in nursing and health care management. Read more
Southern cuisine. Soul food. Down home goodness.
Call it what you will. When it’s time for a hearty plate of chicken and ribs with all the fixins, there’s a new homegrown outfit that will bring it —hot and fast— to your door.
Down Home Delivery and Catering celebrated its grand opening in the heart of Four Corners last month. The Webster family of Dorchester launched the business last September out of a smaller space in Jamaica Plain, but has now expanded into far more spacious quarters at 2 Bowdoin Street, in the former home of City Fresh Foods. Read more
Dec. 10, 2010
TJX Companies, the Framingham-based national retail giant, announced Friday morning plans to cut 4,400 jobs as the company slashes its A.J. Wright division, closing 71 stores, two distribution centers – including one in Fall River – and A.J. Wright’s home office in Framingham.
TJX also intends to convert 91 remaining A.J. Wright into T.J. Maxx, Marshalls or HomeGoods stores, an effort the company says will enable it to focus on its “more profitable” assets. Read more
Nov. 18, 2010
Mattapan Square has finally been designated for a branch of Boston’s Main Streets program, which has helped revitalize several other neighborhood business districts over the last 15 years. As the twentieth Main Streets district, Mattapan Square’s application was accepted in August of this year and formally designated in early November by Mayor Tom Menino. Read more
Nov. 18, 2010
In 1994, the Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation bought an abandoned five-acre site in Savin Hill, the former home of Boston Insulated Wire and Cable, then secured $14.5 million in funding to clean up the property.
In 2002, local elected officials and neighborhood residents joined the new tenants, executives from the graphic design and printing company Spire, to celebrate the opening of their two-story headquarters.
“For years this was the site of an arson-plagued, abandoned factory,” Mayor Thomas Menino said at the ribbon-cutting. “Now thanks to the hard work and investment by many people and agencies, it’s a model for success.”
Today, as Massachusetts struggles to shake off the lingering effects of the global recession, the Dorchester Bay EDC is laboring to keep their celebrated tenant intact at the 65 Bay St property amid an ongoing legal dispute about the building itself. Read more
Nov. 12, 2010
Defying the cold and dark, two local groups are bringing back summer to support economic development in Dorchester. St. Mark’s Area Main Street (SMAMS) and Fields Corner Main Street (FCMS) will host Tiki-Tini – the sixth annual Martinis on the Avenue fundraiser – on Wednesday, November 17, 7 p.m. at the Blarney Stone, 1505 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester. Read more
Nov. 11, 2010
The site of a longtime Fields Corner bowling emporium will be turned into three-story building with 22 units of housing and space for commercial stores on the ground floor, according to a revised plan that has been shown to neighborhood residents.
“We’re trying to keep this building nice and compact,” said Clifford Boehmer, principal at Davis Square Architects, which is handling the design of the building.
Depending on when they receive financing, project officials hope to start construction next summer, with completion in the spring of 2012. Read more