Business

Few property owners on Mattapan Main Streets board

By 
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

By 
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

By 
Staff
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

By 
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

By 
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

By 
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

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

By 
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

By 
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