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Jan. 16, 2008
Cedar Grove Civic Association - now 75 years old and with over 400 members - is undoubtedly one of Boston's largest neighborhood associations. From organizing recreational services to awarding over $9,000 in educational scholarships each year, Cedar Grove Civic is the "heart and soul" of the nearby community, says John O'Toole, the group's former president. Read more
For years, two Clear Channel-owned billboards have occupied prime real estate atop a prominent Adams Corner building, stirring the ire of some neighbors who deem it an eyesore. But in September, after a persistent Clear Channel and a generous landlord offered to donate $150,000 to the St. Brendan School if the signs are allowed to stay influential local civic association agreed that the boards should stay put. If the legal details work out, they will. Read more
An as-of-right proposal to construct a two-family duplex on Minot Street stirred long-standing passions about overcrowding in Dorchester at the Cedar Grove Civic Association's monthly meeting on Tuesday night. Stuart Schrier presented plans on behalf of his client, the property owner who goes by the name Han, to convert an existing one-family at 103 Minot Street into a side-by-side duplex. The lot is approximately 6500-square feet, and as such, is already zoned for a two-family dwelling. Read more
Livid with a former neighbor they said sold them out, angry with a process they said shut them out, and concerned over a facility whose inhabitants' identities will be guarded, Cedar Grove residents loudly voiced their opposition Tuesday to a planned home for mentally challenged adults.
The plan of Bay Cove Services to locate a six-person residential facility at 53-55 Chelmsford met with stiff resistance in a crowded Cedar Grove Civic Association meeting in the basement of St. Brendan's Church, prompting Bay Cove officials to acknowledge they might reconsider. Read more
The Cedar Grove Civic Association endorsed the Members Plus Credit Union as the next tenant of the vacant Adams Corner Sovereign Bank property, at a contentious and well-attended Tuesday night meeting. More than 150 people, encouraged by different parties' get-out-the-vote efforts, voted Members Plus to the top of a preference list the association will send to Sovereign, which has promised to cooperate with the community in determining the site's fate. Members Plus (57 votes) beat out a bistro (43) and electronics store (8). Read more
Cedar Grove residents voted Tuesday to limit the options of an Adams Corner lot to three suitors with deep community ties, leaving open the possibility of converting the building into parking spaces.
Suitors for the space, vacated by Sovereign Bank, pressed their cases at the monthly Cedar Grove Civic Association meeting, part of an ongoing saga that has pitted the bank against area civic groups, and left one developer threatening litigation. Read more