Construction began this week on the Fairmount Line’s new Talbot Avenue station – the third station out of four planned for that stretch of commuter rail where work has begun – as elected officials and transportation agency chiefs celebrated the groundbreaking with members of the Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation and other civic leaders.
Local leaders hope the $15.9 million commuter station, coupled with 24 affordable housing units down the road, will lead to a revitalization of the Codman Square area.
The Four Corners/Geneva and Newmarket stations are under construction, while controversy over the siting of the Blue Hill Avenue station in Mattapan has delayed its start. Read more
Jun. 6, 2011
Among the dancers, marching bands and other lively participants from Sunday’s Dorchester Day parade, some of the most energetic marchers along the route were the candidates for public office. Incumbents and would-be office holders were eager to shake hands, ask for support and match a smiling face to the campaign signs that are an ever-increasing presence along Dorchester Ave. Read more
Apr. 28, 2011
The new home at 81 Brent Street may look like any other house on its Codman Square block, but the three-family is different from the others. It’s completely green - not in color but in development and function. From the foundation to the solar panel-lined roof, the entire house is environmentally sustainable.
Codman Square Neighborhood Council President Cynthia Loesch had repeatedly proposed ideas of bringing sustainable building projects to the neighborhood, but says the council never got the response they wanted to hear from developers.
“I decided to do it myself,” Loesch says. “Let’s find out how much it really costs by square foot. Let’s find out all the proper rhetoric so we can argue with the developers better, and let’s really set a standard in Codman Square on the kind on housing and development we’d like to see.” Read more
Apr. 21, 2011
Playgrounds in Dorchester and Mattapan will be refurbished, a Mattapan community center will be renovated, and an Uphams Corner municipal building will see its roof and gutters replaced under a City Hall five-year capital spending plan released last week.
In total, Mayor Thomas Menino’s capital budget for fiscal years 2012 through 2016 funnels $57.4 million to Dorchester and $19.2 million to Mattapan. The $1.7 billion capital budget, which has $169 million in new project authorizations in fiscal year 2012, is funded through a mix of city bonds, state and federal grants, and some trust funds.
Out of the 17 neighborhoods that the city’s capital plan funding takes into account, Dorchester placed fourth in total spending, while Mattapan came in ninth. Roxbury is first, with $172 million, much of that due to the $115 million effort to move the Boston Public Schools offices into Dudley Square’s Ferdinand Building. Read more
Boston Police are looking for a woman who held up the Mt. Washington Bank branch at 305 Talbot St. around 3:20 p.m. on Friday.
She's described as white, 5'2", 18-21, wearing a tan jacket and a gray hoodie and carrying two backpacks.
The mission of The Compassionate Friends is to assist families toward the positive resolution of grief following the death of a child of any age and to provide information to help others be supportive.
Our newest chapter is in Boston. It meets at the Reggie Lewis Center, 1350 Tremont St., Boston, MA., every first Tuesday of the month. The meeting is from 6pm-7:30pm. Refreshments are provided.
The Boston Police Department reports arresting two men on charges they shot another pair of men in Codman Square Sunday night, then beat a woman who witnessed the crime. Read more