Savin Hill

Longtime Dot Ave. manufacturing plant is for sale

Image courtesy CBRE/New England

A longtime manufacturing plant a stone's throw from Savin Hill T Station is now on the market after an August sale to an out-of-state company, the Reporter has learned. James Russell Engineering Works Inc., located at the corner of Dorchester Ave. and Dewar Street, was sold to Ohio-based Worthington Industries in August.

This week, a listing for the two-acre property at 9 Dewar St. appeared on the website of the commercial real estate firm CBRE/New England. In its marketing material, the realtor says that the three existing single-story buildings on the site— totaling 37.500 square feet of space— will be vacant “by mid-2016.”

A description of the property on the real estate website says, “This site has frontage on Dorchester Avenue and is an excellent redevelopment opportunity.”  Read more

Globe close to P&S agreement with Concord-based development firm

An image of the Globe property from a marketing brochure prepared by Colliers International.

The Boston Globe has taken a big early step away from Morrissey Boulevard as it continues to arrange its leave-taking of the property it moved to 56 years ago.

On Tuesday, the newspaper’s chief executive officer, Mike Sheehan, told staff members via email that the John Henry-owned media company is “in the process of completing a purchase-and-sale agreement with Winstanley Enterprises. Winstanley is a Concord, MA-based, family-owned firm experienced in mixed-use development,” wrote Sheehan, “and would make a terrific steward of this place we’ve called home since 1958.  Read more

Two men shot Tuesday in separate incidents along Dorchester Avenue

Boston Police searched the CVS parking lot in Lower Mills for evidence on Tuesday evening. Photo by Ed Forry

A pair of shootings on Tuesday afternoon and evening left two men with serious injuries and triggered a major police response on two ends of Dorchester Avenue.

In the first incident, 30-year-old Keldon Liverpool was shot in the head next to the CVS store lot at the intersection of Dorchester Avenue and Richmond St. just before 5 p.m. He was then rushed to Boston Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition with life-threatening injuries, police said. The homicide unit was called to the scene to investigate as police canvassed the darkened parking lot looking for evidence.  Read more

Spire property in Savin Hill is listed for sale

Lauren Dezenski, Reporter Staff
Oct. 31, 2014

The Spire company is presently headquartered at 65 Bay Street in Savin Hill. The property is listed for sale this week on a commercial real estate website.

Yet another development could be on the horizon in Savin Hill.

The Spire building at 65 Bay Street, adjacent to Savin Hill MBTA station, is on the market for $13.9 million.

The parcel was listed online this week as an “ideal redevelopment site,” according to the listing on commercial real estate website  Read more

Former Mayor Thomas Menino dies at 71

Gintautas Dumcius, State House News Service
Oct. 30, 2014

Thomas M. Menino: He'll be remembered long after the signs come down.Thomas M. Menino: He'll be remembered long after the signs come down.

Thomas Menino, a self-described "lunch bucket guy" who rose from his roots in Hyde Park to dominate Boston and Massachusetts politics as the capital city's mayor for 20 years, has passed away after battling cancer. He was 71.

City's political world reacts to news of Mayor Menino's death

Long after signs come down, Menino's name will live on

Elected to the city's top job in 1993 after spending four months as acting mayor, Menino burnished a reputation as a tireless worker and a chief executive focused on delivering neighborhood services.

"Kevin White was the city-builder, gazing out of his fifth-floor window at cloud-topped towers," a 1994 Boston Globe magazine profile of Menino said. "Ray Flynn was the racial healer, jogging through the neighborhoods in search of social and economic justice. Tom Menino is the urban mechanic, cruising the streets with his fix-it list, wanting to know why the grass hasn't been mowed at Garvey Playground."  Read more

Savin Hill Mural — a look back into the Dorchester of 500 years ago— turns 15

Savin Hill 500 Years Ago— A mural by James Hobin.: This fall marks the 15th anniversary of the mural's installation and dedication at the corner of South Sydney Street and Savin Hill Avenue.Savin Hill 500 Years Ago— A mural by James Hobin.: This fall marks the 15th anniversary of the mural's installation and dedication at the corner of South Sydney Street and Savin Hill Avenue.

This fall marks the 15th anniversary of the Savin Hill mural. On Nov. 6, 1999, approximately 400 people turned up at the corner of South Sydney Street and Savin Hill Avenue for the dedication ceremony, which was officiated by Mayor Tom Menino. Toni Weeden performed traditional song for the unveiling.

The mural is painted on wood, and after 15 years of exposure to spring rains, winter frosts, and summer sunshine, evidence of wear and tear is beginning to show. Look closely and you will see that the mural has been repaired here and there. But we don’t care, like a patch on an old and favorite garment, it survives to be enjoyed for another day.  Read more

Man gets 18-20 in prison after admitting to 1992 Savin Hill rape


A former Dorchester resident was sentenced to 18-20 years in state prison today after he admitted he raped a woman walking home from the Savin Hill MBTA stop on Oct. 30, 1992.

Terry Abercrombie, 52, had avoided detection until 2012, when a DNA database run by the FBI found a match with DNA evidence the Suffolk County District Attorney's office had entered in the database in 2006.

DA Dan Conley said the DNA match and additional evidence convinced Abercrombie to plead guilty.  Read more

Close to home, Walsh joins walk-through by inspection team: ‘Walking office hours’ to canvass city

Mayor Walsh, center, speaks about his office's Neighborhood Engagement Walk initiative while on Tuttle Street last week. At left is Dan Manning, who directs Walsh's Civic Engagement office; at right, Dorchester liaison Alec Bonelli. City Councillor Frank Baker is shown, far left. Photo by Bill Forry

Mayor Martin Walsh joined a walk-through of his Savin Hill neighborhood on Saturday morning to highlight his office’s efforts to catalogue, fix, and track solutions to ground-level problems on every street in the city. As a light rain fell, the mayor and a small entourage of aides — trailed by several TV camera crews— walked from his house on Tuttle Street and circled the block via Sydney Street to Savin Hill Avenue.

Along the way, Walsh stopped several times to inspect curbs, brick-work, and pavement, some of which has been heaved up by mature trees— and to get a first-hand look at how his liaisons throughout the city can identify problems and order up fixes in real time.  Read more

Parking stand-off leaves Savin Hill condo plan in limbo

Savin Hill Ave. project: Architect’s rendering showed proposed condos over Savin Bar + Kitchen. Drawing courtesy RODE Architects.Savin Hill Ave. project: Architect’s rendering showed proposed condos over Savin Bar + Kitchen. Drawing courtesy RODE Architects.

The future of a vacant lot across from Savin Hill T station, previously the site of a proposed 14-unit residential and commercial development, hangs in the balance after the project’s private developer, David Higgins, said late Tuesday evening that he was walking away from the development.  Read more