Aug. 27, 2008
An old cafeteria on the fifth floor of UMass-Boston's science building is being transformed this summer into a research and development "innovation" center that will allow entrepreneurs to conduct experiments and prepare new products for the marketplace with the aide of UMass faculty and students. The Venture Development Center (VDC) will mark UMass-Boston's first foray into a rapidly expanding field of on-campus innovation incubators that could bolster the university's position in recruitment and retention of faculty and students. Read more
Aug. 13, 2008
A digital rendering of the Campus Center at UMass-Boston with the proposed science building in the background. Courtesy of UMass-Boston
Now that Gov. Deval Patrick has signed the $2.2 billion higher education bond bill - $125 million of which will go for improvements at the UMass-Boston campus - college administrators are hot to trot to begin transforming the 70s-era Columbia Point campus that is often referred to as a 'fortress' or a 'prison.' Read more
A giant custom-made mining machine the size of a six-car subway train emerged from the ground on the Dorchester border next to Carson beach yesterday. The machine took a year to build, but finished its 2.1 mile-long, 17-foot-in-diameter slog through sand, gravel and Boston blue clay all the way from Conley Terminal next to Castle Island in eleven months, over six months ahead of schedule. Read more
A hand-drawn schematic shows new roads and traffic flows envisioned by city-hired urban planners. The two double-pointed arrows in blue indicate a new road through the proposed Bayside development from Day Blvd. to Morrissey Blvd. and a Mt. Vernon Street without 'the chute.' In orange is Morrissey without its frontage roads. Read more
A lack of community interest or the impact of summer holidays could have been what limited the number of attendees at the first community meeting for the proposed Bayside development on Columbia Point.
Less than 50 people showed up on Monday evening at the Boston Redevelopment Authority Article 80 meeting that will help decide the direction a local developer will take the massive shopping, office and residential development in terms of design, density, and mitigation for increased traffic. Read more
The developer of a vast new shopping and rental-apartment complex on the 29-acre site of the Bayside Expo Center submitted a flurry of documents to city planners on June 30, opening the door for public comment that could influence the project. The redevelopment effort includes hundreds of shops, rental apartments and parking lots where the Columbia Point exposition hall now stands. Read more
Harbor Point should be integrated with the rest of the Columbia Point community and local transportation around remains a keen problem, residents told a city task force on June 14. The comments came at a Saturday "visioning" session held at Boston College High School. The event was convened by a BRA-led committee with an eye towards creating a master plan for the 412 acres between I-93 and Dorchester Bay. Read more
A 13-year-old girl was pulled out of Boston Harbor off Columbia Point on Tuesday after a frantic search in the water by her friends, lifeguards, a pair of tourists from Holland and the Boston Fire Department. The girl was holding on to a piling under the pier near Carson Beach, right on the border between Dorchester and South Boston, when she disappeared and her friends began screaming for help. Lifeguards ran over from a nearby beach house and the two tourists dove in to aid in the search.
"I heard screaming of a girl, me and my friend ran over," said Job Van Ryn of Holland. Read more
art vows to scrutinize UMass on dormitories; Affordable housing 'left out' of Columbia Point planning
As presentations from developers and city planners wind down and the floor opens up for discussion, differing opinions continue to heat up the cauldron of the Columbia Point Master Plan Task Force. The task force will help the Boston Redevelopment Authority create comprehensive development guidelines for the point, where a handful of large projects are imminent. Read more
Last Thursday's public planning meeting for Columbia Point brought forth a plethora of details, a smidgeon of creative vision, and a hint of old grudges slowly rising out of the old calf pasture. Read more