Columbia Point

What next for the Globe property?

Columbia Point Master Plan: Task force created clear guidelines for development along Morrissey Blvd. including the Globe property.Columbia Point Master Plan: Task force created clear guidelines for development along Morrissey Blvd. including the Globe property.After years of “maybe it is, maybe it isn’t” for sale, it appears that the Boston Globe property on Morrissey Boulevard is really on the market as a number of developers have prepared bids to purchase the site. The big question for its neighbors, of course, is what will replace the Globe?

Several years ago the city was faced with several major properties on the boulevard being actively considered for new development. These included the air rights above the MBTA property outside JFK-UMass station, a parcel between the station and the Shaw’s supermarket parking lot, the market itself, the adjacent building that houses radio stations, the old Ch. 56 property, and the Globe. Additionally, there were plans being made for the other side of the boulevard – significant and substantial new buildings at UMass Boston and a redevelopment of the Bayside Mall site.

The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) rightly called a “time out” on individual project proposals to prepare a master plan that would coordinate and integrate all the new uses for the several sites across the Morrissey Boulevard/Columbia Point peninsula.  Read more

Two brothers charged with second-degree murder for stabbing death outside hotel

A Suffolk County grand jury this week indicted two brothers on charges they used a detachable steering wheel and a knife in a brawl outside a party at the DoubleTree Hotel on Mt. Vernon Street that ended with one of their opponents dead of stab wounds.

Shawn Coleman, 22, of the South End, was charged with second-degree murder and was allegedly the attacker who inflicted Christopher Borgella's fatal injuries early on March 1.  Read more

New owner to finish JFK-UMass apartment complex

The Residences at Morrissey Boulevard will include 278 apartments. Work will begin later this year. Image courtesy Synergy

A previously announced plan to build a five-story, $50 million apartment complex next to the JFK-UMass MBTA station is moving ahead, but with a new owner in the mix. The “Residences at Morrissey Boulevard” project, which was approved by the Boston Redevelopment Authority last year, was conceived and planned by Synergy Investment & Development.

This week, the Reporter was told that Synergy will sell the property and project rights to Criterion Development Partners, a Waltham-based company that specializes in the “development, construction and asset management of investment-quality multifamily communities.”  Read more

UMass Boston tops-off work on newest academic building

Jacob Aguiar, Special to the Reporter
May. 2, 2014

UMass Boston's GAB No. 1, which is next to the Campus Center, will support the university’s growing student enrollment and course offerings. It will house three academic programs: Art, Chemistry, and Performing Arts. Photo courtesy UMB

A milestone in UMass Boston's latest building project was celebrated with a traditional Topping Off ceremony on the Dorchester campus on Wed., April 30. The installation of a decorated I-beam was pushed off until better weather on Friday, but officials were on hand to admire the work to date at General Academic Building Number One (GAB1) — a $113 million, 181,000 square foot, four-story structure.  Read more

UMass student charged with making bomb threats that twice emptied campus building

A man was arraigned in Dorchester District Court today on charges he called in bomb threats that emptied UMass Boston's Wheatley Hall last Thursday and again on Tuesday.

In both cases, the building was evacuated but no actual bomb found.

Dean Beckford, 29, of Somerville, had bail set at $20,000, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

UMass officials identify him as a senior.

According to the DA's office:  Read more

Mayor Walsh marks birthday with seniors report, grant at UMass Boston

Jacob Aguiar, Special to the Reporter
Apr. 11, 2014

UMass Boston students Bersabel Wondimagegnhu and Hembly Riva joined UMass Boston Chancellor Keith Motley and Mayor Marty Walsh during a Thursday check presentation. Photo by Jacob Aguiar

Mayor Martin Walsh celebrated his forty-seventh birthday on familiar turf: At UMass Boston’s campus, he announced a $206,000 grant to university’s Venture Development Center and the completion of a research report on Boston’s growing elderly population.

The grant is part of a 4-year grant from the U.S. Department of Labor administered through the Mayor’s office of jobs and community service. The $206,000 will fund the Life Science Internship Training Program, focused on preparing students at UMass Boston and other state and community colleges for paid internship opportunities in the Life Sciences industry.  Read more

Daisy and Brownie Girl Scout Troop

This is a Daisy/Brownie Girl Scout Troop open to girls K2-Grade 3. Meetings are Fridays, 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the First Parish Church in Dorchester. We will be doing lots of fun things, having great adventures. We will be working on the new Journey Programs. For information, check out the GSUSA website Journeys.

Registration will be held on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 3:30 p.m.
Registration fee is $25.00 per girl from date of registration until October 1st. Financial aid is available.

Any questions please feel free to contact me at 617-533-8651 or

Susan Brackett

A Memorable Time: 40 Years on Columbia Point

UMass Boston under construction: An aerial view of the UMass Boston campus under construction. The old Columbia Point housing development is visible just to the north of the campus. Image courtesy UMass BostonUMass Boston under construction: An aerial view of the UMass Boston campus under construction. The old Columbia Point housing development is visible just to the north of the campus. Image courtesy UMass Boston

Forty years ago this week, a remarkable thing happened in Dorchester: The University of Massachusetts Boston—the only public university in Greater Boston —moved from Park Square downtown to its new campus on Columbia Point. The first day of classes was January 28, 1974.

We’ve been thinking a lot lately about the history of UMass Boston as we approach the 50th anniversary of our founding. On June 16, 1964 the Massachusetts legislature passed a bill sponsored by the late representative Robert H. Quinn of Dorchester and his colleagues in the House and Senate to establish an urban branch of UMass. Two days later, Governor Endicott Peabody signed the legislation.  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
Barbara Harris

Harbor Point convenience store held up at gunpoint

The Boston Police Department reports the Harbor Point Convenience Store, 17 Harbor Point Blvd., was held up around 8:10 p.m. on Sunday.

"The suspect walked in to the store and brandished a firearm at the cashier. The witness stated the suspect demanded money be placed in a bag, the cashier complied. The suspect fled the store in a maroon motor vehicle.

"The suspect is described as a Middle Eastern male, wearing a fake mustache, black hooded 'North Face' sweatshirt, black jeans and white and black sneakers."