Columbia Point

So far, UMass build-out not impacted by money crunch

Facing a deficit totaling millions of dollars, UMass-Boston is forging ahead with plans to expand its Columbia Point campus, including a science complex, dorms and garages.

UMass officials say that despite the weak economy and state budget cuts, they remain on track to break ground on their own science building in autumn 2010. The 250,000-square foot "integrated science complex" is expected to open at the end of 2013.  Read more

Odor still in the air for Bayside site

nother salvo in the battle over an odor control facility on Columbia Point took place earlier this month, in the form of a tersely worded letter from developer Corcoran Jennison Companies. The director of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority said it's nothing new.

The fight centers on a proposed facility that would filter the air from an underground water storage tunnel that would store rainwater and raw sewage. In essence, Corcoran Jennison claims the current MWRA plan would stink, and the MWRA says it won't.  Read more

Columbia Point plans, nearly complete, hit roadblock

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

Columbia Point plan draws big crowd

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

JFK Museum highlights inaugural address in exhibit

Inauguration Day, 1961: In front of the Capitol.Inauguration Day, 1961: In front of the Capitol.With less than a week left before Barack Obama makes his inaugural address, he might heed instructions President John F.  Read more

New director takes helm at Geiger Gibson Center

Lou BradyLou BradyDorchester's Geiger Gibson Community Health Center has a new executive director.  Read more

State, Corcoran duel in "court of public opinion" over odor control

It had to happen sooner or later. The bitterly opposed MWRA and Corcoran Jennison Companies and their hired engineers argued their cases in an ad hoc people's court last Thursday, temporarily interrupting the community planning process for Columbia Point.  Read more

MWRA 'still open' to talks on odor facility

The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority this week said it is still open to negotiations on a tense standoff over the design of an "odor control" facility on Columbia Point, but Joseph J. Corcoran - whose company plans a billion-dollar development next door - is sticking to his guns, saying Corcoran Jennison Cos. should not have to pay an extra dime to make sure the neighborhood isn't impacted by fumes.  Read more

Odor facility clouds future of Bayside project

A long simmering disagreement over an odor control facility planned for Columbia Point - next to the future site of Corcoran Jennison Companies' gigantic "Bayside on the Point" developmen - became a slugfest this week when a state board voted not to alter its original design after months of backroom negotiations.  Read more

Next great neighborhood' planned for Morrissey site

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