Plans to turn a large Uphams Corner industrial complex into a mixed-use building with 90 new affordable housing units seem to be derailed this week, and the city is moving to foreclose on the property instead.
Over $1.6 million in back property taxes, penalties and interest, is owed on 65 E. Cottage St., commonly known as the Maxwell building. But that isn't all. Read more
Feb. 1, 2008
Editor's Note: The Keystone Club, a youth group based at the Colonel Daniel Marr Boys and Girls Club, has begun a new project in coordination with the Reporter to profile outstanding neighborhood youth throughout the upcoming year. This is the second in that series of profiles, dubbed Keystone Stars, prepared by Keystone Club members Ashley Miranda and James Wyse. Read more
Jan. 23, 2008
Clouds were in the sky, but love was in the air last Friday, when Carmen Caban, 51, of Dorchester said, "I do" and married her longtime boyfriend, Luis Gonzalez. The wedding took place at Upham's Corner Health Center on Dorchester Avenue, where the newlyweds' lives have converged for two very different reasons. Read more
The Mayor Menino show rolled into Uphams Corner's Strand Theatre for the second year in a row on Tuesday, bringing squadrons of traffic cops, shuttle buses and a quintet of royal-sounding horns. On the program was a new plan to scale back the city's school bus routes, a plan to re-create the "Boston Miracle" of the 1990s and an emphasis on "green" initiatives.
Hours before the crowds arrived, took their seats and listened to Mayor Thomas Menino give his annual State of the City address, an angry fireman held a press conference of his own on the Columbia Road sidewalk outside. Read more
An empty building at 35 Bird St. in Uphams Corner may have a new tenant soon, one that aims to promote sobriety in the neighborhood.
Human Resources Development Institute, a large company that specializes in substance abuse and mental health treatment, is applying for a zoning variance to turn the property into an outpatient drug treatment center and a residential treatment center for women. The hearing is scheduled for Dec. 4. Read more
Last month, at a hastily called press conference at the Alexander-Magnolia community room, elected officials and representatives from the Salvation Army proudly announced that Boston had been selected to receive $80 million in funding from the Salvation Army to construct a new community center on Dudley Street. Getting little mention that day was the fact that almost a decade earlier, another organization had eyed Dudley Street for a new community center. Read more
Earlier this month BC High announced that it would add a seventh and eighth grade division to its existing high school on Morrissey Boulevard. The school will open its doors to those students in September of 2007, with each grade expected to enroll 100 students each. The move responds to a demand for Jesuit education in the middle school grades, the school says. Read more
The Strand Theatre in Uphams Corner has undergone a number of renovations and updates since the city of Boston took over management of the 87-year old property last July. This week representatives from the city's Department of Neighborhood Development led the Reporter on a tour of the theatre, to discuss where it's been and plans for the future.
"The city took over interim management to keep it up," said Barbara Salfity, deputy director of real estate for DND. "We want to be the steward of the Strand until we can put it into the right hands." Read more
A broken TV, tires, shards of glass, and a yellowing copy of the Boston Globe from Sept. 13 were a few of the items lining the sidewalk on Alexander Street last Friday afternoon. Trash and debris along the stretch of sidewalk that abuts the tracks of the MBTA's Fairmount Line has been a constant problem according to residents who say they want someone to take responsibility for cleaning up and maintaining what they call an eyesore. Read more