Business

Work again underway at NE Brake building

Developer Steven Turner has not returned phone calls from the Reporter and at least one local civic association this week, but he has begun minimal work on a local landmark, the NE Brake building at Mass Ave. and East Cottage Street in Edward Everett Square.

Just what his plans for the structure are is a well-guarded mystery that some wish the community was privy to. It has lain vacant for years after a furniture shop owner stopped construction mid-stride, leaving steel girders exposed above the original structure.  Read more

Osherow on road to recovery

Dorchester real estate agent Kenneth Osherow is already back at work in a limited capacity and recovering well after his partner of five years, Ceslo Cruz, inexplicably attacked him at his second home in Bartlett, N.H. Jan. 17.

Cruz allegedly broke both of Osherow's wrists and stabbed him several times in the back and abdomen. Police interrupted the altercation early that Saturday morning in the basement of Osherow's house. Cruz was charged with attempted murder.  Read more

Finding ways to cut costs, drive business

The City's Office of Neighborhood Development (DND) rolled out a new program this week designed to assist small businesses and non-profits in reducing the cost of their utility bills.

Dubbed "Boston Buying Power," the program creates a City of Boston-wide energy buying group, with the concept that by working in tandem, small offices can save money on their heat and electric bills by buying in bulk at group rates.

A Dorchester man, Steven Rumpler, DND's Acting Senior Business Manager, was contacting Dorchester and Mattapan businesses with the offer this week.  Read more

Columbia Point plan draws big crowd

Despite the down economy which has sapped potential financing for two massive development proposals on Columbia Point, neighborhood folks came out to view the progress on the Boston Redevelopment Authority's Master Plan for the point on Saturday.

Their conversations were the best window yet on what might be agreed on in the plan and what has yet to be hammered out.  Read more

Future of E. Cottage warehouse in sight

A tax lien court case begun in 2004 for a 2.75 acre property at 65 East Cottage St. - whose owner owes more than $1.6 million in property tax - appears to be perched once again on the precipice of resolution.

A new buyer, Briggs Capital LLC, now has the property under a purchase and sale agreement with owner Harold Cohen, according to the city's legal department and Cohen himself.  Read more

Port Norfolk Civic considers billboard deal

Plans to erect a new billboard on the Southeastern Expressway stalled this week after Port Norfolk neighbors demanded more time to review the proposal, which would divert an unspecified percentage of profits back into the community in return for their acceptance.  Read more

CVS ousts Tedeschi store, will expand at Lower Mills

The CVS store in Lower Mills will expand its footprint in the Dorchester Avenue building it currently shares with a Tedeschi's convenience store, the Reporter learned this week. The Tedeschi's store will close its doors this weekend, according to sources familiar with the plan. The Tedeschi's store was operating at the location through a sub-lease authorized by CVS, which chose not to renew that lease for the new year, according to Alan Reardon, an executive at Tedeschi's.  Read more

'Change' is in with Retzos Bros.

Brothers Stavros and Ted Retzos, in their new Metamorphosis Lower Mills store: Photo by Ed Forry.Brothers Stavros and Ted Retzos, in their new Metamorphosis Lower Mills store: Photo by Ed Forry.

Lefeeris Retzos' story is a true American tale.  Read more

Investment pays off for Fields Corner shopping center

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Some call it a retail area. Others a strip mall.

To Tom Cifrino, it is the "Fields Station Shopping Center," and for him, it's a family legacy, a Dorchester business begun by his father and uncle almost a century ago.  Read more

Mattapan leaders plan to seek Main Streets designation

In a time of looming economic gloominess, a number of Mattapan business owners are banding together in hopes of winning a city-designated Main Streets district in the new year. Advocates for the idea have set up a working committee to lobby for the city's support for a Mattapan designation. The group met last Tuesday to discuss the pros and cons.  Read more