Four Corners

Battle of semantics rears head in Four Corners: Neighbors oppose auto repair shop on Bowdoin St.

A question of 1940s terminology has become the focal point this month of a battle against an auto repair shop in Four Corners that some neighbors say is illegal.  Read more

Meetings to develop action plan for 'Mid-Dorchester'

The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) and the Department of Neighborhood
Development (DND) will be holding a series of community workshops and visioning
sessions for the Mid Dorchester Action Plan. The Action Plan is an initiative focused
on disposition of vacant DND property in and around the three business districts
of the Mid Dorchester Area: the Codman Square Business District, the Bowdoin-
Geneva Main Streets District, and the Four Corners Main Streets District.
This is the fi rst of two community workshop and visioning sessions  Read more

jeremy.rosenberger.bra@cityofboston.gov, 617.918.4431
Jeremy Rosenberger

Uncertain future for historic firehouse

Engine 18: The vacant firehouse on Harvard Street dates to 1869. Photo by Pete StidmanEngine 18: The vacant firehouse on Harvard Street dates to 1869. Photo by Pete StidmanIn an annual ritual, the Dorchester Historical Society is again collecting nominations for its annual list of the top 10 endangered properties in the neighborhood. And just as they've put out the call, a late 19th Century firehouse in Four Corners seems to be stepping forward all on its own.

Among Boston's many firehouses old and new, it is architecturally unique; perhaps the quaintest and most quintessentially "fire house" of them all.  Read more

Engine 18

Engine 18

The vacant firehouse on Harvard Street dates to 1869. Photo by Pete Stidman

Four Corners could benefit most from action plan

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

Geneva Cliffs work completed, opening this weekend

It is the culmination of years of work by several community organizations, four city departments, and dozens of donors. Over $400,000 in improvements to the Geneva Cliffs Urban Wild have been completed, and the new park's grand opening is scheduled for Saturday morning.

"It took a lot of effort because people for a long time didn't have any vision that it would be an asset," said Sherry Flashman, a consultant on the project working with the Dorchester Bay EDC.  Read more

Four Corners club draws flak

The 2004 sprinkler law that forced nightclubs across the state to install sprinkler systems and new fire alarms has sent pocketbook-draining shockwaves through that industry, forcing some to move and a few to appeal the law. But in the Four Corners area it has caused dancing in the streets - and not the kind appreciated by neighbors.  Read more

Four Corners wins concession from T

The Greater Four Corners Action Coalition has succeeded in encouraging some significant changes to the MBTA Commuter Rail's plans for a Four Corners Station on the Fairmount Line. The adjustments could potentially set a new standard for the remaining three stations at Newmarket, Talbot Avenue and Blue Hill Avenue.  Read more

Four Corners eyes plans for rail station

The Greater Four Corners Action Coalition met to inspect the MBTA's 30 percent completed plans for the Four Corners commuter rail station on the Fairmount Line last Wednesday, Sept. 5. Neighbors who showed up approved the station's location, with platforms on either side of Geneva Avenue, but demanded more disabled access features, more walkways, local labor on construction crews, and more.

"We really don't put elevators at unmanned stations," replied MBTA planning director Joe Cosgrove to one demand. "The question is, who maintains it?"

"The T," someone yelled out.  Read more