Sep. 22, 2011
A Boston development firm has begun working on a “conceptual” plan to acquire and re-develop several tracts of land along Boston Street adjacent to the South Bay Mall, according to civic activists who discussed the emerging plan at the monthly meeting of the McCormack Civic Association on Tuesday night.
McCormack Civic executive board member Desmond Rohan described the shopping expansion plan as “strictly conceptual” and said that no land-acquisitions have yet taken place. However, Rohan said the civic group has been provided with a copy of the plan designed by the developer Samuels & Associates, the same Boston firm that created the South Bay Mall in the 1990s.
In a statement issued to the Reporter yesterday, Samuels & Associates confirmed that the company is in “the very early stages of exploring a possible project in Dorchester." Read more
It’s now very clear that resort-style casino gambling will be setting up shop in Massachusetts in the not-so-distant future. The House of Representatives easily passed a measure last week that will allow for up to three such casinos across the Commonwealth, along with a slot parlor. The State Senate is also likely to approve a similar bill next week, although the final version will likely take a slightly different form. Governor Patrick has pledged to support the legislation. Read more
The Port Norfolk Civic Association this week declared its unilateral opposition to the continued operation of a “sober home” — a residential drug and alcohol recovery program — that has recently begun operating from a house on Lorenzo Street. More than 35 residents gathered in the Port Norfolk Yacht Club to voice their opposition to the recently-opened sober home following complaints by some neighbors that the new residents at 12 Lorenzo St. have been loitering in a nearby park and concerns that members of the program may have criminal records.
Civic members confronted property owners George and Shirley Bragel, who have purchased four properties on Lorenzo Street and own several other properties currently used as sober homes across the neighborhood. Pressed on whether they intend to turn any additional Port Norfolk properties into sober housing, the Bragels denied they had any intentions of renting these buildings to another recovery program. Read more
Sep. 16, 2011
A mini-grant program will offer non-profit, volunteer groups funding to plant new trees as part of a citywide effort to improve Boston’s tree canopy cover. The Grow Boston Greener (GBG) initiative will provide $500 - $2,500 mini-grants for tree plantings in city neighborhoods on public property or privately held publicly accessible areas such as schools, parks, greenways, gardens, grounds of health and social service agencies, and in projects of community development corporations. Read more
Sep. 15, 2011
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, visiting Boston with Denver business leaders, told Gov. Deval Patrick on Thursday that people all over the country talk about him as “a likely presidential candidate.”
At an event at the Intercontinental Hotel on the Boston waterfront, Hickenlooper, a Democrat, put Patrick on the spot about his future, which Patrick insists will be in the private sector and out of elective office.
“Assuming you don’t go into the White House … what do you think about in terms of what direction you want to go?” Hickenlooper asked. Read more
The Dorchester Park Association is planning a weekend of outdoor events this weekend to showcase the now 120-year-old green space and raise funds for many consider to be one of the neighborhood’s greatest assets. Read more
City Hall is seeking ways to remedy the traffic troubles plaguing the intersection at Dorchester Avenue and Freeport Street, also known as Glover’s Corner.
City Councillor Maureen Feeney called the intersection a “disaster” and said Boston Transportation Department officials are working to fix the problem. “It’s hard to believe one intersection has caused so much trouble,” she told members of the Columbia Savin Hill Civic Association who had raised concerns about the traffic situation. Read more
Sep. 15, 2011
The Mattapan Square Main Streets board of directors held a public “visioning” meeting at the Mattapan Branch Library on Tuesday night, the first such event held by the organization since it was officially designated by City Hall last fall. Tuesday’s event was intended to gauge public opinion and serve as a brainstorming session for specific improvements that could be introduced to Mattapan Square through the program. Nearly 60 community members attended and gathered into several discussion groups to outline long and short term goals, and to discuss the current state of Mattapan Square. Read more
Sep. 14, 2011
Boston’s development chief on Tuesday offered a bullish assessment of near-term prospects for growth in the city, ticking off projects recently completed and claiming global investors view Boston as one of four or five “hot cities” in the United States. Read more
Two sitting Boston city councillors may be forced to move from their current homes or give up their seats due to Boston population shifts that could transform the boundaries of their current districts. That's one possibility that was raised at a redistricting hearing held Thursday in downtown Boston.
While the city gained residents overall, rising by five percent to 617,594 residents, some parts of the city lost population by official counts, including parts of Dorchester, Mattapan, Hyde Park and Roslindale, and West Roxbury. Read more