Estate goes to court to reclaim Fowler-Clark farm from city

A worker hired by the city of Boston cleared overgrowth on the Clark-Fowler farm property on Norfolk Street in August 2013. Photo by Bill Forry

The owner of a historic but run-down Mattapan property that was seized by city officials in August went to court this week seeking an injunction allowing them to reclaim the land. Suffolk Superior Court Judge Judith Fabricant heard from both sides in the case on Tuesday afternoon and is expected to make a ruling in coming days.  Read more

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Letter: Changes at Mattahunt campus will impact schedules, programs

Dear Mattapan Community:

The Mattahunt Wheelock Partnership (MWP) would like to take a moment to thank all of the organizations, agencies, community leaders and families who have worked together with the partnership to serve the needs of children, youth, and families this past year. In the spirit of cooperation, it is important that everyone be kept abreast of shifts that impact programming at the Center. Today, I write on behalf of the Mattahunt Wheelock Partnership to share a number of important developments taking place at the Center that will impact programming this fall.  Read more

City seizes historic Fowler-Clark Farm in Mattapan

Sheila Dillon, chief of the Dept. of Neighborhood Development (DND) and Donald Wright, DND's director of Real Estate Management, inspect a door handle that was found at the Clark Farm property this morning. Photo by Bill Forry

Alarmed by dilapidated conditions that amount to "demolition by neglect," city officials today seized control of a historic Mattapan property that has fallen into acute disrepair in recent years.

The Fowler-Clark farmhouse on Norfolk Street - which dates back to the turn of the 18th century— is one of the city's last tangible links to a now-distant agrarian past. It was designated as a historic Landmark in 2006 and has since been boarded up by city inspectors worried that squatters might destroy the farmhouse and adjacent barn through vandalism or fire.  Read more

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Harvard-based program takes on foreclosure prevention in Mattapan

Brianna Macgregor, Special to the Reporter
Aug. 1, 2013

The Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School launched its Mattapan campaign at the Mattapan branch library on Wednesday afternoon.

A new anti-foreclosure and eviction defense program is launching a new effort in Mattapan this week. The Mattapan Initiative is a program of the Legal Services Center (LSC) of Harvard Law School. On Wednesday, July 31, there was a meet & greet luncheon with community leaders, elected officials, clergy, housing organizers and housing counselors at the Mattapan Branch of the Boston Public Library.  Read more

Open letter to the community from Dr. Azzie Young

Dr. Azzie YoungDr. Azzie YoungAugust 1, 2013

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Today, I wanted to write to You – our patients, residents and community stakeholders to say THANK YOU for allowing Mattapan Community Health Center to be your health care provider and resource for health services. We have an exceptional team who is committed to working with you, your family, and our community partners to Build a Healthier Community. Significant progress has been made in decreasing the infant mortality rate for Mattapan and Hyde Park. The infant mortality rate is a good proxy for the health of the community. Let’s keep up the good work in caring for our pregnant women, their infants, and all of our families!  Read more

Four shot in three weekend incidents

Police are investigating four shootings in Dorchester and Mattapan, two of which sent people to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.  Read more

Block party will mark latest addition to Mattapan Heights

Brianna Macgregor, Special to the Reporter
Jul. 18, 2013

The opening of the newest residential building in the Mattapan Heights campus will be celebrated with a block party planned for this Saturday, July 20. The new apartment building, containing 60 affordable housing units, is called Phase 5A. In late 2011, Trinity Financial Inc, the Boston-based development company that has been working on Mattapan Heights since 1999, received approximately $8.75 million in grants and loans towards the construction project. It was completed at the end of 2012, and is now fully occupied by tenants.  Read more

Two-alarm fire in Mattapan three decker displaces 18

Inside 742 River St. Photo by BFD.

A two-alarm fire at 742 River St. on Monday sent one firefighter to the hospital with a cut and brought the American Red Cross in to help find temporary housing for 18 residents.

The fire, reported around 7:30 p.m., did an estimated $250,000 in damage according to the Boston Fire Department, which says the cause remains under investigation.