In the mid-1990s, a group of community activists began a three-year effort— in conjunction with the state’s Metropolitan District Commission (MDC) — to re-imagine Morrissey Boulevard. The result of their work was a 1998 report that proposed an ambitious, $35 million rehabilitation project that would have transformed the 2.75 mile-long boulevard into its original “parkway character.” Read more
The Massachusetts Democratic Party's state committee meeting on Thursday night will draw outgoing U.S. Sen. John Kerry and two candidates vying for his seat. Other candidates seeking statewide office in the Bay State could also put in an appearance, at the meeting, which is set for the Boston Teachers Union Hall on Mt. Vernon St.
Congressmen Stephen Lynch (D-South Boston) and Ed Markey (D-Malden) are expected to appear at the long-scheduled meeting. Lynch is formally kicking off his campaign for Kerry’s seat earlier in the day, while Markey has been in the race since December. Read more
A large crowd of students and faculty watched today as steelworkers carefully placed the last ceremonial beam on the top of Boston College High School's latest building on its Morrissey Blvd. campus. The 28,000 square foot Cadigan Hall will house athletic and fine arts space for the school. It is named for Patrick F. Cadigan, a BC High alumnus who pledged $12 million to the project last year. Read more
Jan. 9, 2013
UMass Boston will test a new public address system on Friday morning (Jan. 11) at 11 a.m. The system— which will amplify pre-recorded messages for different types of emergencies using loudspeakers— is designed to reach the entire campus, but not go into the neighborhoods. Still, the university has alerted neighbors on Columbia Point and Columbia/Savin Hill, just in case the sound carries further than expected. There will be at least two test messages conducted in the coming weeks, officials say.
Dec. 27, 2012
Could the wave of development hitting Columbia Point spark a renewed look at a development on top of the JFK/UMass MBTA station? Some local officials think it’s a possibility. Read more
Dec. 11, 2012
Dorchester residents and elected officials sounded notes of support on Monday night for a residential project next to the JFK/UMass MBTA station. But the chair of a task force that set up guidelines for development on Columbia Point expressed dissatisfaction with the density of the five-story project. Read more
Dec. 7, 2012
Savin Hill residents heard from one of the region’s leading auto dealers Thursday about his plan to bring a pre-owned BMW dealership to Columbia Point, an area expected to see high growth in residences and businesses. Herb Chambers Companies of Somerville plan to convert the former WLVI-TV station near the northern end of Morrissey Boulevard into a sales and service center for the high-end German automaker.
The Boston Redevelopment Authority, the city’s planning agency, hosted the meeting at the Cristo Rey Boston High School on Savin Hill Avenue.
Chambers himself attended the meeting and answered residents concerns about the project. “I think this is great for Dorchester because there’s a lot of positive energy going into the area,” Chambers said to the crowd of about 35 people gathered in the Cristo Rey library. Read more
Boston and MBTA Police are stepping up patrols this week and warning the public after a flurry of street robberies targeting women that may be the work of a single, armed bandit. The incidents have all targeted women who were walking home from Red Line stations, including JFK-UMass, Savin Hill, Shawmut and Ashmont.
“We’re concerned about it,” said Captain Richard Sexton, commander of the Area C-11 police district. “It seems like it’s one person right now. We’ve had a few others on the district recently, but there’s definitely a pattern going here along the Red Line.” Read more
The Boston Redevelopment Authority will convene a public meeting on Thurs., Dec. 6 to discuss auto magnate Herb Chambers' plan to convert the old Channel 56 building on Morrissey Boulevard into a car dealership and repair center.
The Reporter first reported in October that Chambers intends to purchase and renovate the now-empty TV studio at 75 Morrissey Blvd, which is valued at $4.5 million according to city records. The sale price of the property has not been disclosed and it is not yet clear if Chambers has acquired the property at this time. Read more