Civics

City is weighing four plans for use of key Mattapan site

An image from the city of Boston request for proposals shows the Cote Ford property in Mattapan as seen from Cummins Highway. Image courtesy City of Boston

Four proposals have been submitted to the city of Boston by development teams eager to build a mix of housing and retail on the site of a long-empty Mattapan car dealership.

The Cote Ford property on Cummins Highway is situated close to a planned new station on the Fairmount commuter rail line, prompting renewed interest in what has been a forlorn corner of the neighborhood for decades.  Read more

Boston Cares, Carpenters team up to build toddler beds

By 
Jacob Aguiar, Special to the Reporter
Oct. 30, 2014

A volunteer helped to sand down recently built toddler beds at the New England R

Volunteers helped to assemble 500 toddler beds for Boston area families last Saturday at a service day at the headquarters of the New England Regional Council of Carpenters on Dorchester Avenue. The initiative was led Boston Cares organization with support from the carpenter’s union.  Read more

Nov. 5 meeting set for Neponset Ave. condo, eatery proposal

A rendering from a document submitted to the BRA shows a proposed condo and restaurant project that would be sited at 367 Neponset Ave. Image courtesy Souza Design Architects

The Boston Redevelopment Authority will host a public meeting next Wednesday to review a developer’s proposal to convert a former Neponset Avenue store and warehouse into a four-story condominium complex with a restaurant. The meeting will be held on Wed., Nov. 5 at the Leahy-Holloran Community Center at 1 Worrell St., starting at 6:30 p.m.

In a letter to the BRA filed on October 15, the principal of Sousa Design, an architectural firm, explained that Paul Adamson, who owns and operates restaurants in South Boston and Quincy, will “lead a team” in the re-development of 367 Neponset Ave. The building once housed Boston Party Rental.  Read more

Vote Yes on Question 3: Stop the Casino ‘Mess’

The advertisements for casinos are so glamorous. Sexy young people gathered around a roulette wheel dressed in ravishing clothing and oozing wealth. And the picture painted by the casino industry that wants to be in our commonwealth is of a gambling glitterati, flying in from Paris and Dubai, spending their cash to support our state’s revenue needs, rather than spending it in Connecticut and providing lots of jobs in the process. No pain, lots of gain.  Read more

Council praises Baker’s 'innovative' mixed-use library proposal, charter reform hearing soon

By 
Lauren Dezenski
Oct. 22, 2014

Councillor Frank Baker

Councillor Frank Baker’s idea to study turning branches of the city’s public libraries into mixed-use spaces was well-received at Wednesday’s meeting of the Boston City Council.

The proposal would study integrating the branch libraries throughout the city to into mixed-use developments, creating new and larger libraries, updating the buildings as well as adding valuable space for commercial and residential uses that would benefit the community. It was reported to the Committee on Economic Development and Planning and Labor, chaired by Councillor Sal LaMattina.

Councillor Tito Jackson commended Baker’s proposal, praising as it “innovative and disruptive.” “Councillor Baker has never been known to be disruptive on the council,” he said jokingly. At-Large City Councillor Michelle Wu said the mixed-use space would be especially beneficial in neighborhoods such as Chinatown and Councillor Charles Yancey concurred, added that he knows from experience how beneficial libraries can be to a community.  Read more

Globe’s on the move: Why not stay in Dot?

Boston Globe's property: Based in Dorchester since 1958.Boston Globe's property: Based in Dorchester since 1958.

Some day soon, the Boston Globe property on Morrissey Boulevard will be sold and its hulking, three-story Pulitzer Prize-making plant will be pulverized. That’s a given and we’re good with it.

What we don’t know – yet – is the identity of the new steward of the 16-acre preserve on the banks of Patten’s Cove. But whoever takes the deed will no doubt bring us condos and baked goods and free wi-fi. Maybe we’ll even get a nice chain restaurant, the first of its kind outside of South Bay.  Read more

Bill Walczak named president of Lewis Family Foundation

Bill Walczak

Bill Walczak, the pioneering Dorchester civic and health activist who was a candidate for mayor of Boston last year, will join one of the city's leading progressive foundations as its first president. Walczak will lead the Lewis Family Foundation, which has donated more $130 million in more than 60 countries since its launch in 1981.

“We are delighted to have Bill join the Lewis Family Foundation as we work to make real, lasting and positive change,” said Harriet Lewis, chairman of the Lewis Family Foundation, in a statement issued today. “Bill’s entire career has been dedicated to social change."  Read more

Baker wants hearing to explore siting libraries in new mixed-use buildings

City Councillor Frank BakerCity Councillor Frank BakerCity Councillor Frank Baker will seek a City Council hearing to explore ways to integrate public libraries into new mixed-use buildings as the city’s building boom goes into high gear.

“I’m looking to get new libraries and put them in larger buildings,” said Baker, who filed a hearing order on Tuesday that will be discussed at tomorrow’s regularly scheduled council meeting. “It may only be workable at two or three sites, but I want to look at the opportunities now and the feasibility. It’s being done in other cities like Washington DC, San Fransisco and Dallas. We want to talk about it because we have to come up with an alternative.”  Read more

Dudley intersection to be dedicated to Sr. Margaret Leonard

Sr. Margaret Leonard

The corner of Dudley Street and East Cottage Street in Dorchester will be dedicated to longtime community leader Sr. Margaret Leonard in a ceremony on Friday, Oct. 31. Sr. Leonard is the executive director of Project Hope, which assists homeless families. She is part of the Little Sister of the Assumption community, which has been active in the Dudley Triangle neighborhoods for decades.  Read more

Neponset Trail section to close for three weeks, detour planned

By 
Reporter Staff
Oct. 17, 2014

This section of the Neponset Greenway will be closed for three weeks beginning on Monday.

Beginning Monday, the Neponset Trail and Greenway will be closed between Granite Avenue and Butler T Station according to the Department of Conservation and Recreation.

The closure will last approximately three weeks as crews reconstruct a stone dust pathway, DCR said in an advisory on Friday. Travelers can bypass the construction zone using detour signs along public sidewalks from Granite Avenue to Milton Street and then from Adams Street to Butler Street.

For more information visit mass.gov/DCR