Uphams Corner

For sale: 1912 comfort station; bids start at $100

Build in 1912 as a "comfort station" for commuters, this building on Columbia Road is now for sale through the city of Boston.

It sits idle, a relic of Dorchester’s days as a bustling streetcar suburb. Tucked between a weathered supply store and the olde town’s first cemetery, the Uphams Corner Comfort Station— as it was called in its days of utility— is far from comforting to the modern eyes. Boarded up since 1977, its dual entrances are sealed off from the Columbia Road sidewalk by chain-links. Just over the fence is the historic Dorchester North Burial Ground, where some of the original settlement’s founding mothers and fathers have found three-and-a-half centuries of rest.

Despite its crumbling condition, there’s still a certain charm to the tiny building with the red, terracotta roof— or what’s left of it. It was essentially a rest stop for commuters who found shelter and a “powder room” here on their way into the city.

For a limited time, it can all be yours for just $100.  Read more

Comfort Station on Columbia Road

Comfort Station on Columbia Road

Police say woman was sexually attacked off Columbia Road

The Boston Police Department reports a woman walking in the area of Columbia Road and Holden Street around 7:50 a.m. yesterday "when she was approached by a male who forced her into the rear of an adjacent property and sexually assaulted her."  Read more

Plots Thicken: Leyland St. Community Garden doubles in size

By 
India Smith, Special to the Reporter
Jul. 23, 2014

Longtime gardener John DePinha holds up one of his prized zucchini. Photo by India Smith

They came from as far away as Stoughton and as close as next door. They came from Jamaica Plain, Roxbury and Mattapan. The destination? A celebration on Tuesday evening, July 15, at the Leyland St. Community Garden near Uphams Corner. Guests, including city officials whose support had been crucial to the project, hailed the expansion and renovation of one of the oldest and largest gardens owned by the Boston Natural Areas Network.  Read more

Man shot to death in Uphams Corner

The Boston Police Department reports a man was found with multiple gunshot wounds around 1:25 p.m. on Wednesday at 742 Dudley St.

He was taken to Boston Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Two-alarm fire displaces three on East Cottage Street

Firefighter at 21 E. Cottage St.

The front of the building Photo by BFD.

The Boston Fire Department reports investigators are looking for the cause of a two-alarm fire Sunday afternoon at 21 E. Cottage St.

The fire, reported at 3:40 p.m., broke out in the attic of the 2 1/2-story house and did an estimated $300,000 in damage, the department says. The bulk of the fire was knocked down shortly after 4 p.m.

Man shot to death on Cawfield Street

A man was found dead of gunshot wounds inside a car outside 15 Cawfield St. around 11 p.m. on Thursday.

The Boston Police Department reports the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

Shortly after his body was discovered, police began looking for two Hispanic men seen running from the area, one wearing a gray, long-sleeved shirt and jean shorts.

Five compete for Uphams art display commission

By 
Jordan Frias, Special to the Reporter
Jan. 16, 2014

An 18-month partnership between the Boston Foundation, the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI), and several community-based partnerships has led to a public art installation competition in Uphams Corner.

The Uphams Corner Art Commission project drew 29 applicants from across the nation, a roster that has been narrowed to five local artists, artist teams, artisans, and architects. The finalists were chosen by a panel of monthly advisor groups composed of residents, community stakeholders, and MBTA officials.  Read more

Bank of America plans to close Upham’s Corner branch

Bank of America plans to close its branch at 555 Columbia Rd. in Upham’s Corner next year. In a letter mailed out to customers last week, the bank noted that it has four other Dorchester locations, including one at 1104 Massachusetts Ave. in the South Bay Mall.

“Based on foot traffic and other metrics, we determined that we could continue to effectively serve our customers with one less location in town,” said T.J. Crawford, a spokesperson for Bank of America. Crawford said that the building— which will close for business on March 21, 2014— will “be marketed.”  Read more

Volunteer in the Boston Public Schools

Live, work or play in Dorchester? Consider volunteering there, too. Boston Partners in Education is looking for mentors and tutors for students in Boston Public Schools, specifically in Dorchester neighborhoods.

Volunteers work one-on-one or with a small group of students for an hour a week during the school day. Opportunities are available in all grades (K-12) in either English Language Arts or math.  Read more

bharris@bostonpartners.org
Barbara Harris