Public safety tops agenda at Columbia-Savin Hill; meeting set for Wednesday

Public safety and ongoing development took top billing at at Monday’s monthly Columbia-Savin Hill Civic Association meeting.

The civic association, in coordination with City Councillor Frank Baker’s office and Boston Police, will hold a public safety meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the Little House in Dorchester. Police Superintendent-In-Chief William Gross will be present, Baker said at the meeting. A self-defense course is also being planned, with details to be solidified later.

The meeting is prompted by the still-unsolved sexual assault on a woman the night of Sunday, Sept 27. The victim was standing near Dorchester Avenue and Harbor View Street just before 11 p.m., looking up at the supermoon eclipse, police said at the civic meeting.

While she was distracted, a man approached and robbed her at knifepoint before sexually assaulting her, police said. The suspect, described as a black male in his 20s of medium build with short black curly hair and a small amount of facial hair, has not been apprehended.

Anyone with any knowledge of the incident is asked to call police detectives directly at (617) 343-4400. A security camera near the scene showed the suspect, police said, who appeared to be wearing his hair in “two distinct braids” and left in a black SUV.

Other meeting business:

The Boston Water and Sewer Commission’s water main replacement project will be continuing in the near future. The affected area is Columbia Road between Dorchester Avenue and the I-93 S ramp. Director of Construction Irene McSweeney said workers are expected to be active Monday, with an inspector on site. Immediate questions or concerns during work hours should be directed to Robert Norton at 617-438-3904.

In development news, progress is expected soon on the Dorchester Brewing Company; the comment period for a 6- to 7-story storage facility built on top of the Southampton Street Boston Red Dog Pet Resort & Spa ends Oct. 8; the South Bay Town Center project has moved past the comment phase, and developers are evaluating feedback that focused mostly on traffic concerns on Boston Street.

The association's beautification committee will be planting daffodils on Halloween (10/31) morning on Columbia Road. Specifics about the plantings are still to be determined.

David Cotter, Dorchester liaison for the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services, announced there was a new Hubway station at the Robert E. Ryan Playground. The Savin Hill T location is on hold pending approval, but will likely not be installed until next year. A potential alternate location on Sydney Street, across from the Savin Bar and Kitchen has not been confirmed; public comment on the location is open until next Monday.

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