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New owner to finish JFK-UMass apartment complex

The Residences at Morrissey Boulevard will include 278 apartments. Work will begin later this year. Image courtesy Synergy

A previously announced plan to build a five-story, $50 million apartment complex next to the JFK-UMass MBTA station is moving ahead, but with a new owner in the mix. The “Residences at Morrissey Boulevard” project, which was approved by the Boston Redevelopment Authority last year, was conceived and planned by Synergy Investment & Development.

This week, the Reporter was told that Synergy will sell the property and project rights to Criterion Development Partners, a Waltham-based company that specializes in the “development, construction and asset management of investment-quality multifamily communities.”  Read more

Lottery sale price is $283.3k for rehabbed, city-seized home

This home at 88 Milton Street, center in green, is being renovated and prepared for a sale through lottery next month. Photo by Ed Forry

A longtime eyesore on an otherwise desirable Cedar Grove side street is getting a complete makeover this month and will soon be sold to a first-time homeowner. The small, single-family home at 88 Milton St. is part of an initiative by the Walsh administration to target prominent eyesores that can be reclaimed by new owners.  Read more

Walsh reviewing options after casino 'host' designation shot down

By 
Matt Murphy, State House News Service
May. 10, 2014

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh met with city attorneys Friday to discuss next steps after the state gambling commission denied “host community” status to the city of Boston, which abuts potential casino sites in Revere and Everett.  Read more

Fields Corner pizza joint seized by state officials— again

A popular Fields Corner pizzeria has been shuttered for the second time in two years for non-payment of taxes. Hi Fi Pizza on Dorchester Ave. was raised and seized by state officials on April 30.  Read more

Lower Mills Was Once Center of Chocolate Universe

By 
Peter F. Stevens, Special to the Reporter
May. 1, 2014

Editor’s Note: On Saturday, May 10 at 1 p.m., the state’s DCR and the Dorchester Historical Society will team up to present a special “Sweet History Stroll” to explore the former Baker Chocolate Factory site and learn about the sweet history of Lower Mills for those ages 10 and up. Meet at the public parking lot in Milton Lower Mills, beside the Milton Yacht Club at 36 Wharf St. In 2002, the Reporter published this brief history of the Walter Baker Chocolate Factory by Peter F. Stevens.


Something was in the air. People on their daily rounds along the roads of Dorchester and Milton Village turned toward the Neponset River and inhaled the spring breeze and took a deep whiff. Chocolate was in the air- literally.

The year was 1765. The heavenly scent drifted from a sawmill on the banks of the river, within eyeshot of Boston. Inside the mill an Irishman watched two giant millstones grinding fragrant cocoa and sounding a call to a culinary revolution that was to spread from Dorchester and conquer the collective palate of America.  Read more

Radio station founder makes case for TOUCH 106.1FM

By 
Staff
Apr. 18, 2014

Owner of Low-Power FM Station Vows to Fight Shut-Down from Chris Lovett on Vimeo.

Chris Lovett of BNN-TV's Neighborhood Network News interviews Charles Clemons, co-founder of TOUCH 106.1FM, a Grove Hall-based low-powered radio station that was shuttered on Thursday by federal officials because it operates without a license.

Gov. Patrick: "Disappointed" by shut-down of TOUCH 106.1FM

By 
Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Apr. 18, 2014

Gov. Deval Patrick was “incredibly disappointed” by the raid conducted by U.S. Marshalls to shut down the unlicensed, underground Dorchester radio station Touch 106.1 FM, an outlet for black community voices in Boston. Patrick said his office tried to dissuade the U.S. Attorney’s office from taking the action it did to close the station.  Read more

Unlicensed radio station "Touch" 106.1FM shut down in Grove Hall

By 
Staff
Apr. 17, 2014

Above, TOUCH 106.1FM operator Charles Clemons speaks about the federal raid on his unlicensed radio station. According to Clemons, US Marshals and FCC officials arrived at the station's offices today next to the Grove Hall Neighborhood Development Corporation and seized equipment belonging to the station, effectively taking it off the air.  Read more

Ester debuts —quietly— in Lower Mills

Team ester : includes executive chef Esteban Gallego, owner Eleanor Arpino and manager Luther Pinckney. The restaurant opened quietly last week and is currently throughout the week— except for Mondays—for dinner. It will open full-time for lunch and dinner by next month. 	Photo by Bill ForryTeam ester : includes executive chef Esteban Gallego, owner Eleanor Arpino and manager Luther Pinckney. The restaurant opened quietly last week and is currently throughout the week— except for Mondays—for dinner. It will open full-time for lunch and dinner by next month. Photo by Bill Forry
Ester, the restaurant and bar that has replaced The Ledge Kitchen and Drinks in the heart of Lower Mills’ village, opened quietly last Wednesday evening. The eatery is now open for dinner only as the new owners and managers methodically roll out a limited menu as they continue to hire and train staff.

The restaurant will eventually celebrate with a grand opening and offer a wider menu, including lunch. The big event will probably happen sometime after April’s chilled rains give way to May’s patio season. Until then, Team Ester is focused on getting off on the right foot. And that means putting a premium on highly-trained staff who make each “guest experience” a positive one.  Read more

Walsh raises concerns about Savin Hill condo project

Mayor Marty Walsh said this week that he has concerns about the height of a condominium building being proposed for a neighborhood eyesore, a long-vacant parcel on Savin Hill Avenue next to Savin Bar and Kitchen and across from the MBTA station. On Tuesday, Walsh, who lives a block away, on Tuttle Street, said, “I haven’t seen the full plan. I certainly know that spot has to be filled. It’s been vacant for years, a decade now.”

While saying the developer of the project does “great, quality work,” Walsh added, “Three stories concerns me.”  Read more