Viet-AID

Push on to enhance Viet-Aid mission

The Vietnamese-American Initiative for Development has hired a new director to oversee the Fields Corner-based economic development organization as it prepares to enhance its mission and further develop its place in the Dorchester community.  Read more

BRA approves Bloomfield Gardens, which has more hurdles to clear

The Boston Redevelopment Authority Board has approved Viet-AID’s Bloomfield Gardens development, a 27-unit residential building proposed for a long-vacant lot at Geneva Avenue and Bloomfield Street, but the project still needs zoning changes to proceed.

Though the immediate area is densely populated, and several three-story buildings similar to the one proposed, several abutters have been fighting the density of Bloomfield Gardens—some of whom have admitted they’d rather see nothing developed at the site.  Read more

Viet-AID goes back to the drawing board, again

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Oct. 8, 2008

After a tumultuous meeting on Tuesday night, Viet-AID is again carrying its carefully-crafted presentation for Bloomfield Gardens - a proposed 29-unit affordable housing building - back to the drawing board.

After making several changes - reducing the height of the building, setting it five feet back from the sidewalk, and taking off part of the fourth floor - they have less support than they did with the old plan.  Read more

Viet-AID goes back to drawing board on Geneva Ave. plans

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Sep. 3, 2008

The developer of a proposed 29-unit affordable housing building in Fields Corner was asked to make changes to the project and negotiate with abutters late last month, forcing at least a six-month delay. Some observers--pairing the opposition to this project with blockers of a smaller four-story building at the former site of the Lucky Strike Bowling Alley--note a developing trend in Fields Corner that is anti-density, hamstringing sizable investment in the area.  Read more

Viet-AID members call for arbitration in Chu dispute

Drama continued this week between the board and new directors of Viet-AID and supporters of former director and Vietnamese community leader Hiep Chu, who was fired on July 18. Last Saturday, over 80 of those supporters and others coalesced as "Concerned Community Members" at a meeting in the Vietnamese-American Community Center.

"The problem is we cannot communicate with someone who's not here," said attorney Vy Truong, who has on office nearby on Dorchester Avenue, at the meeting. "They show us how disrespectful they are to us, the people who vote for them."  Read more

Membership seeks answers after Viet-AID fires executive director

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Jul. 30, 2008

A group of businesspeople, seniors and other Vietnamese community members are demanding an explanation from Viet-AID's board of directors for dismissing executive director Hiep Chu. The group called a meeting for this coming Saturday to confront the board, ask questions, and "voice the member's level of confidence with the current Viet-AID's board of directors."  Read more

St. William's church block under agreement

The fire is out but the smoke has yet to clear from neighborhood disagreements over the Vietnamese American Initiative for Development's (Viet-AID) imminent sale of St. William's Church on Dorchester Avenue.

Thursday morning last week, Viet-AID leaders and members of the Church of Seventh-Day Adventists signed a purchase and sale agreement for St. William's. It is the last step before the actual $2.5 million transaction will take place, and it is legally binding for both parties.  Read more

Viet-AID puts St. William's church property on the market

Plans to redevelop the former St. William's Church on Dorchester Avenue have been derailed and the Vietnamese American Initiative for Development, the non-profit owner of the site, is looking to sell.

"We're looking for a way out," said Hiep Chu, Viet-AID's director. "Obviously selling is one option because the development is not working."  Read more

Violent video prompts soul-searching

At a meeting held last Saturday to strategize against youth violence, some parents saw it for the first time. Their stony faces watched as edited parts of a grainy video - known in some dark corners of the Internet as the "most brutal beatdown of 2007" - played out on a screen at the Vietnamese American Community Center in Fields Corner.  Read more