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
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
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
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
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
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
National Wholesale Liquidators, the discount retailer that specializes in a no-frills shopping experience, will close its Morrissey Boulevard store in the new year. The company filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Nov. 10 and has been seeking a buyer since 2006, according to published reports. Read more
Dec. 10, 2008
Seeking to assure depositors of his bank's stability, Mt Washington Bank President Ed Merritt has invited customers to a series of evening meetings in the lobbies of the bank's branches. This session took place November 12 at the Gallivan Blvd. bank office. Ed Forry photo. Read more
The recession is beginning to hit local shops according to neighborhood Main Street organizations, though most businesses seem to be holding on as the holiday season begins.
Anecdotal evidence points to a general slowdown in foot traffic, though there has yet to be any rash of store closings.
"I know that the economy is taking its toll," said Evelyn Darling, Fields Corner Main Street program director. Read more