Savin Hill

Building atop JFK/UMass station? Still a possibility, officials say

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
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

Police: Bandit may be targeting passengers leaving Red Line

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

Meeting to discuss planned BMW dealership on Morrissey Blvd.

Proposed Herb Chambers dealership on Morrissey Blvd.Proposed Herb Chambers dealership on Morrissey Blvd.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

ABCD needs you to Volunteer! (Volunteer Tax Preparer Training)

ABCD needs you to Volunteer!
We are looking for special people like you to volunteer with the Financial Futures Initiative at ABCD this upcoming tax season to:

• Help our Boston residents get free tax preparation assistance
• Save thousands of dollars in tax preparation fees; and
• Make a difference in their lives.

By volunteering your time, you get to

• Learn new skills
• Make new friends; and
• Become a certified IRS tax preparer  Read more

communityresource@bostonabcd.org
Bindu Vedagiri

Boston Votes 2012, By the Numbers

Polls open across the city at 7 a.m. on Tuesday and close at 8 p.m., at which point results for Boston will start to trickle in on City Hall’s website (www.cityofboston.gov).

So here’s a few numbers, provided by Mayor Thomas Menino’s press office and the city’s Election Department:

-- Thanks to the ballot questions, the ballot will be 18 inches long.  Read more

Dinner to salute civic warrior Joe Chaisson

Joe Chaisson on his home turf, Auckland Street, Savin Hill. Photo by Bill Forry

Joe Chaisson has seen a lot of change take place all around him over his 80 years on this earth. But this lifelong Savin Hill resident —who has been one of the fixtures of civic life in this part of Dorchester since 1970— has been a largely unmovable object.

Chaisson and his wife Carol still live in the Auckland Street home that his mother bought in 1955. As a young man, the St. William’s Grammar School graduate, who went on to Dorchester High for Boys, logged many hours on the highways of the country as a trucker. But he never strayed too far from home, living all of his years within a six-block radius of where he was born in 1932, on Maryland Street.  Read more

Dorchester House Guys and Gals Senior Club

The Dorchester House Guys and Gals Senior Club meets every Tuesday under the Leadership of Rosemary Gallagher for BINGO starting at 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm. There is time for other activities from 9:00 am to 12:00 Noon. If you don't play Bingo, bring your knitting or crochet. Come meet some great people. Sign up for a trip. The Dot Cafe in the lobby has great food or bring your own lunch. Do you like cards? Come play a game of Whist from 10:00 to 12. Drop by and check us out.

617-288-3230
Rosemary Gallagher

Editorial: A welcome wave of development

If there are any lingering doubts that the local economy is poised for a strong bounce-back in the next few years, a quick review of the Reporter’s front pages over the last month is instructive. In particular, there is ample evidence that the Morrissey Boulevard corridor that links Savin Hill and Columbia Point is ready to blossom, with new buildings and renewal projects aimed at reinvigorating this well-situated northern nook of Dorchester.  Read more

Synergy chief: 278-unit complex a 'vote of confidence' in Dot

An aerial view of the proposed project at 25 Morrissey Boulevard. Image courtesy Synergy

A Boston developer will file plans with city officials this week to build a five-story, $60 million residential complex on a long-vacant parcel of land next to the JFK-UMass MBTA station on Morrissey Boulevard. The two- building complex would house 278 units of rental housing intended for a mixed market of young professionals, families, and older residents.

The “Residences at Morrissey Boulevard” project would mark the first phase in what the developers expect will be a 20-year redevelopment effort along this section of the boulevard that will be guided in large part by a city-led master planning process that envisioned a new neighborhood along what is now largely commercial stretch.  Read more

Chambers looking to buy Ch. 56 site for a BMW outlet

Car magnate Herb Chambers intends to purchase the old Ch. 56 property on Morrissey Boulevard and convert it into a pre-owned BMW dealership and repair center.

Chambers, a Dorchester native whose automotive empire now includes 50 dealerships and franchises throughout New England, says he is in the process of buying the property at 75 Morrissey Blvd. from WHDH-TV, which now controls the site. The property is valued at $4.5 million by the city of Boston, but the prospective purchase price has not been disclosed.

Chambers told the Reporter this week that he intends to sell certified, pre-owned BMW cars on the site. The business will also service vehicles that Chambers sells in Dorchester and at his existing BMW dealership on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston.  Read more