Uphams Corner stakeholders began imagining the future of the former St. Kevin's Parish property with a brainstorming session held last week, mulling over a number of concepts including new educational institutions, shops and restaurants, and green space.
The Archdiocese of Boston recently put the Columbia Road complex up for sale after closing the school last year. Though it has no obligation to consider the community's vision for the space when choosing a developer, participants hope the Archdiocese will factor their ideas into its decision. Read more
The former site of St. Kevin's Parish on Columbia Road is officially on the real estate market, and local civic and business groups are taking steps to make sure their voices are heard before any transaction happens.
The future of the 2.23-acre Uphams Corner property - which was closed last summer to create the Pope John Paul II academy at five other campuses - will be the subject of three community meetings this spring. The first is set for tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the Cape Verdean Adult Day Care Center on Hancock Street. Although the upcoming meetings are not sanctioned by the Archdiocese, one of the chief organizers said that church officials have been receptive. Read more
Plans to create a neighborhood feel amid developments being planned for Columbia Point hit a potential roadblock last week when both the MBTA and the state's Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) voiced opposition to a new side street envisioned by the Boston Redevelopment Authority's urban planners. Read more
The patiently waiting Peabody Square and Dorchester Avenue improvement projects could be bumped to the front of the line with the help of President Obama's proposed nearly $1 trillion economic recovery package.
Mayor Tom Menino announced the formation of a city Economic Recovery Team last week, created to lobby for and distribute federal dollars once the bill is signed. Currently under debate in Congress, the stimulus package is expected to reach the president by mid-February. Read more
Despite the down economy which has sapped potential financing for two massive development proposals on Columbia Point, neighborhood folks came out to view the progress on the Boston Redevelopment Authority's Master Plan for the point on Saturday.
Their conversations were the best window yet on what might be agreed on in the plan and what has yet to be hammered out. Read more
The Boston Redevelopment Authority and the Department of Neighborhood Development began seeking input this week for the Mid-Dorchester Action Plan, a plan designed to attract developers to vacant lots in busy neighborhood shopping areas. Read more
Despite a crippling economy, the Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation is in good standing according to its staff, and the CDC plans to push through 2009 by taking advantage of a number of unique opportunities.
"We're entering a very tough period," said Don Walsh, outgoing board president. "It's all the more reason for Dorchester Bay to keep doing the work that we do."
Executive Director Jeanne DuBois said community development corporations (CDCs) are more adaptive and flexible in this economy because they fundraise and can receive grants. Read more
Future visions of Columbia Point crystallized further last Thursday when Synergy, the owner of a large swath of property that includes the Shaw's on Morrissey Boulevard, unveiled its vision for creating a new "main street" on the site.
Much like developer Corcoran Jennison Cos. is promoting their Bayside on the Point development on the other side of Morrissey, Synergy is touting their own project as "Dorchester's next great neighborhood." Read more
Oct. 1, 2008
What will become of the crumbling brick building with the boarded windows at 872 Morton St. in Mattapan? Prime property along a busy commercial district, directly across from a newly renovated commuter train service, sits an old Boston Police station house whose fate will ultimately be decided not only by its huge potential, strong community support for revitalization and an interested developer, but also by a downturn in the housing market. Read more
A hand-drawn schematic shows new roads and traffic flows envisioned by city-hired urban planners. The two double-pointed arrows in blue indicate a new road through the proposed Bayside development from Day Blvd. to Morrissey Blvd. and a Mt. Vernon Street without 'the chute.' In orange is Morrissey without its frontage roads. Read more