Business

Controversial Savin Hill house demolished

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Apr. 9, 2014

Demolition crews took down 24 Grampian Way in a few hours on Tuesday, April 8, 2014.

After months of controversy, a home on Savin Hill with a landmark designation was torn down this week as neighborhood residents remained in the dark about what the future holds for the parcel at 24 Grampian Way. A demolition vehicle moved onto the property and began dismantling the dilapidated structure on Tuesday.  Read more

Sales of t-shirts, quilts will aid Team MR8 Fund

Dorchester Strong QuiltDorchester Strong QuiltDorchester apparel company College Hype will once again help raise funds to benefit the new fund established in memory of Martin Richard, the 8 year-old Dorchester boy killed in last year's Boston Marathon bombings. The Adams Corner-based company is raffling off a pair of commemorative quilts made from "Dorchester Strong" and "Boston Strong" shirts.

Martin's parents, Bill and Denise Richard, have launched a foundation that honors Martin's message of peace by investing in education, athletics and community. An inaugural team of 100 runners named Team MR8 will raise awareness and funds as ambassadors running in this year's Boston Marathon on April 21st.

College Hype will build on last year's fundraising efforts by donating proceeds from the sale of their "Dorchester Strong" and "Boston Strong" T-shirt lines, which they did last year, and to raffle off
two quilts bearing the words "Boston Strong" and "Dorchester Strong." The quilts were donated by Jack Cunningham of Ross Common Quilts. They are on display at College Hype at 540 Gallivan Boulevard,
Dorchester.  Read more

Key Fields Corner building getting a snappy new look

The old Emerald Isle building in Fields Corner is being renovated by new owners. The first new tenant— a T-Mobile store— will move into the building next month. 	Photo by Bill ForryThe old Emerald Isle building in Fields Corner is being renovated by new owners. The first new tenant— a T-Mobile store— will move into the building next month. Photo by Bill Forry

Renovations to a key commercial building in Fields Corner are underway this month as four new tenants prepare to open up shop along Dorchester Avenue. The building, which once housed the defunct Emerald Isle bar and Yum-Yum Chinese restaurant, has undergone a “gut-rehab” in recent months.

The 6,000-square-foot building carries a Faulkner Street address, but its five retail spaces face a bustling stretch of Dorchester Avenue in the heart of the business district. The building abuts the popular Blarney Stone restaurant, which has thrived in spite of the still-forlorn exterior of its next-door neighbor.  Read more

School finance issues influence debate on charter cap lift

By 
Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Mar. 13, 2014

With the press on from charter school advocates to lift or eliminate the cap on charter enrollment in poorly performing school districts, the battle brewing over the issue in the Legislature appears to have as much, if not more, to do with the distribution of state education aid than the merits of charter schools.  Read more

Condos planned for infamous Savin Hill Ave. “hole”

An architect’s rendering depicts a proposed condominium project above and next to Savin Bar & Kitchen on Savin Hill Avenue. Image courtesy RODE Architects Inc.An architect’s rendering depicts a proposed condominium project above and next to Savin Bar & Kitchen on Savin Hill Avenue. Image courtesy RODE Architects Inc.

Developers behind a proposal to build condominiums on top of the Savin Bar & Kitchen and a long-vacant plot of land next door explained some details of the plan on Tuesday night. In an appearance before the Columbia Savin Hill Civic Association’s planning committee, the developers and their architects discussed the transit-orientated proposal for 14 units of housing, which would be located directly across from the Savin Hill MBTA station. There would be space for retail on the first level.  Read more

Walsh seat candidates appear on BNN

By 
Reporter Staff
Feb. 28, 2014

The five candidates hoping to replace Marty Walsh in the State House talked public safety and education during individual appearances on BNN News.

BNN's Chris Lovett interviewed them in the videos below. The Democratic primary is March 4, and with no Republicans running, the election is expected to be determinative of who will take the 13th Suffolk seat after the April 1 general election.  Read more

Reporter's Notebook: New outside PAC formed to focus on governor race

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Feb. 26, 2014

Outside spending slammed into last year’s mayoral race, the tally hitting $3.8 million when all was said and done. Union-backed organizations lined up behind Marty Walsh and an education reform group backed John Connolly.

A similar situation could play out in this year’s race for governor, but on a much larger scale as five Democrats scramble for the chance to face off against Charlie Baker, the presumptive Republican nominee, in November.  Read more

Passing of the scoop: Next generation in charge at The Ice Creamsmith

Dave and Robyn Mabel, left, have sold their landmark ice cream parlor to their daughter Sarah and her husband, Chris Skillin. The Ice Creamsmith re-opens for the season on March 1. Photo courtesy Mabel familyDave and Robyn Mabel, left, have sold their landmark ice cream parlor to their daughter Sarah and her husband, Chris Skillin. The Ice Creamsmith re-opens for the season on March 1. Photo courtesy Mabel family

It’s become a sort of secular holiday in these parts. On March 1, The Ice Creamsmith re-opens for business. And that means it’s spring again in Dorchester— the snowbanks, the groundhog and the Farmer’s Almanac be damned.

For 37 years now, neighborhood folks and their neighbors across the Neponset have synchronized their hot fudge fantasies and chocolate chip cravings to the sounds of David and Robyn Mabel’s blenders on this southernmost corner of Dot Ave.  Read more

Ledge gives way to ester: An eatery move in Lower Mills

New owners, including Eleanor Arpino, left, will spend the next six weeks making modest renovations to the Dot Ave. eatery before it re-opens as ester on April 1. Above, Arpino and new manager Luther Pickney show a rendering of the planned exterior of the re-designed restaurant.

Ledge, the Lower Mills restaurant that was sold last year, shut its doors for the final time on Sunday afternoon. The eatery will undergo modest renovations over the next month as the new owners – led by veteran restaurant manager Eleanor Arpino – take charge and train new staff.

In an interview this week, Arpino told the Reporter that the new business – called ester, a play on the neighborhood’s name – should be open by April 1. On Tuesday, staff were already at work cleaning out the Ledge’s bar and kitchen areas under the supervision of Arpino and ester’s future manager, Luther Pickney. Their team plans to re-paint the interior and replace the kitchen floor. There are no other major structural changes planned, but there minor adjustments will be made to improve the flow of kitchen operations, Arpino said.  Read more

Auto parts dealer eyes empty space on Granite Ave.

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Feb. 12, 2014

The long-vacant Hollywood Video store at the corner of Gllivan Blvd. and Granite Ave. is shown in a file photo from 1999.

A proposal to put an auto parts store in a chronically vacant space on the corner of Granite Avenue and Gallivan Boulevard received a lukewarm response Tuesday night at a meeting of the Cedar Grove Civic Association. Representatives from O’Reilly Auto Parts laid out plans to take over the space that once housed a Hollywood Video store.  Read more