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
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.
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
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
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
Mounting concerns about pedestrian safety on Morrissey Boulevard prompted a roadside huddle this afternoon featuring elected officials, State Police and state transportation officials, who promised to "immediately make improvements" at the intersection of Morrissey and Bianculli Boulevard.
Senator Jack Hart, Rep. Marty Walsh and City Councillor Frank Baker met on site today with senior officials from the Dept. of Conservation and Recreation, UMass Boston officials and State Police.
State Rep. Martin Walsh says he’ll convene a meeting of Columbia Point and Savin Hill stakeholders and transportation officials soon to “begin the process” of redesigning a troubled intersection that also serves as the entrance to UMass Boston’s campus and the Columbia Point peninsula.
That’s welcome news for both pedestrians and motorists, for whom this intersection has become more than an aggravation. It’s a public hazard. Read more
Sep. 13, 2012
The mother of a 19-year-old Savin Hill man who was shot and killed at the MBTA station in 2011 is seeking to block the parole of her son’s murderer.
The Columbia-Savin Hill Civic Association on Monday night unanimously voted to support Deirdre Murphy’s request for a letter asking the state Parole Board to deny parole for Nhu Nguyen. Local elected officials have also agreed to send letters, Murphy said.
Earlier this year, Nguyen pleaded guilty to manslaughter and firearms charges. In May, he was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in a house of correction, with two years of probation to follow. Read more
A Savin Hill woman — fed up with the lack of a fix to a dangerous pedestrian crossing on Morrissey Boulevard— has produced a short video that illustrates the hazards at the intersection. The video, made by Heidi Moesinger, was circulated to State Police and elected officials last Friday and shows motorists blowing through a red light as a pedestrian attempts to cross the boulevard on a walk signal. Residents say that the failure to better police the intersection or find an engineering fix — as highlighted by the Reporter in recent articles— is a tragedy in the making. Read more
At the center of Savin Hill, a burgeoning mini-empire exists. Steps away from the MBTA station is a neighborhood café, an ice cream shop and an upscale eatery that serves lunch and dinner.
All three establishments have something in common: Co-owner and partner Kenneth Osherow, who moved his real estate company to Savin Hill Ave. in 2001, several years after purchasing a three-decker nearby. Read more