Zoning Board: 54 Pleasant Street Development To Proceed

According to yesterday’s Dorchester Reporter:

“The Zoning Board of Appeal approved a controversial housing project at the corner of Pleasant and Pearl streets this week, giving the go-ahead to the construction of a 17-condominium building at the site of the Scally & Trayers funeral home.

Giuseppe Arcari’s plans for 54 Pleasant Street has split residents and abutters in the area over the past year. In September, the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) approved the project, which will put a three-story building with the 17 condos and 20 underground parking spaces on the 14,688-square-foot parcel.

At a Columbia-Savin Hill Civic Association’s planning meeting, interactions were tense between civic members who had opposed the project and City Councillor Frank Baker, who joined the mayor’s office and Councillors Michelle Wu and Michael Flaherty in supporting the proposal…”

Artist rendering of approved 54 Pleasant Street

Bag-Share Program Coming To Boston

Boomerang bags logoThe Boomerang Bags Boston Sew-a-thon event will start on November 18!

Sierra Rothberg invites interested persons to participate and help spread the word. The goals are to assemble at least 250 reusable handmade bags this weekend and 1,000 bags before the New Year.

Why reusable handmade bags? Many local residents see a bag-share program as an important solution to fight pollution. The event page explains:

“The City of Boston has been debating banning single use plastic bags for over a year. Meanwhile, the streets of Boston as well as harbor, rivers, and streams drown in the 219 MILLION BAGS that are used in BOSTON each year! Only a small percentage of plastic bags used every year are recycled. One of the big concerns heard from opposition is that a bag ban would negatively affect low income residents as well as senior citizens.

WE HAVE A SOLUTION! Regardless of how the City votes on passing an ordinance, habits and practices need to change. We are launching the first BAG SHARE in Boston this Spring. The idea is that fabric, resources, space, time and people-power will be donated to create reusable cloth bags. These bags will be displayed at stores and people can take one from the box, use one or more and return it.”

A variety of activities are underway. To learn more about ways to participate, visit the local Dorchester event page, or visit the Boomerang Bags website.

Volunteers Needed For Christmas Wreaths

Volunteers are needed for Christmas wreaths. The wreaths will arrive at Venice Pizza on Saturday, November 18th at 8:00 am.
NOTE: the new day and time for attaching wreaths to light poles is Sunday, November 19th at 6:00 am. Meet at Venice Pizza. (This is the only day & time Sully/Mac is available.)
On Saturday, November 25th meet at Venice Pizza to attach bows for sale at Ryan Playground at 3:30 pm. Many thanks to those of you that can help make the avenues look festive.
Carol Chaisson

Developers Of Former Boston Globe Site Submit Letter To City

According to the Dorchester Reporter:

“Developers of the former Boston Globe headquarters have submitted a letter of intent to the city’s planning agency, announcing plans for a multi-purpose building that would include area improvements to better connectivity between Columbia Point and Savin Hill.

Nordblom Co., a Burlington-based development company in the process of purchasing the 135 Morrissey Blvd. site, outlined potential uses for the 16.6-acre parcel earlier this fall. “It is expected that the building will be used for light industrial, creative office, technology, life sciences, small retail, food and beverage, and other commercial uses,” Nordblom wrote in the letter.”

New CSHCA Committee Forming

The Columbia Savin Hill Civic Association is forming a new committee to address our desires for potential development sites. While our current Planning Committee responds to individual development proposals, the new committee will help create the community’s interests in sites that have obvious development potential. The goal is to help inform developers what uses would receive  community support.
Some examples include Morrissey Blvd, Mt Vernon St, Glovers Corner and several sites on Dorchester Ave. You may have other sites to offer.
The new committee will meet on Wednesday, November 15th, at 7:00 pm at the basement of Savin Bar and Kitchen on Savin Hill Ave. You are invited (and invite anyone you feel appropriate).

— Don Walsh

Minutes: October 2017 General Membership Meeting

Meeting minutes of the October 2nd general membership meeting:

  • Meeting called to order
  • Police report
  • Boy Scouts
  • Councilor Annissa Essaibi George spoke about her experience as a teacher and how she has been able to help children who are homeless. She expressed a desire to create more family shelters and housing in general. She talked about the homeless population and the lack of traditional services for these families who lack of family shelters. She also mentioned the importance of stability and jobs. She emphasized the need for a new city law that would require pharmacies to safely dispose of needles brought in from off the street. Finally, she talked about the need for more local recovery programs to keep addicts close to their support networks like friends and family.
  • Discussion with elected officials concerning neighborhood issues like parking, traffic and the new construction at UMass Boston.
  • Discussion about the multifamily complex apartments pros and cons. (Parking space was one of the biggest issues for some neighbors while others support it because of the affordable housing).
  • Discussion about the traffic residents’ concerns on Morrissey Boulevard. Because this road is a key connector providing access to important open spaces and recreational areas, local institutions, residents, and businesses neighbors expressed concerns and disagreement because of safety issues and heavy traffic.
  • Meeting adjourned.

Making Morrissey Boulevard All It Can And Should Be

Is Morrissey Boulevard a parkway (featuring a waterfront park with recreational activities), a highway (for commuters living outside the city), or a street (with park access for neighborhood residents)? It matters. The Livable Streets site provided a historical perspective why the highway era is over:

“During the early years of automobile ascendancy, New York’s Robert Moses perfected the strategy of using the public desire for parks as a wedge for the creation of “parkways” that were actually an early version of a regional highway system.  In Massachusetts, the Olmsted-derived Metropolitan District Commission (MDC) — previously solely focused on preserving water-shed forests, beaches, and parks — saw this as an opportunity to turn the narrow corridors between its “reservations” into a similar network of higher-capacity roads… By the 1960s, the state Highway Department was able to tap into the open spigot of federal Interstate funding and eventually usurped the MDC growth strategy… But it has only been in the past few years, as the last of the highway-focused staff fade into retirement, that the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR, the new agency into which the increasingly discredited MDC was merged in 2003) has begun exploring ways to turn its parkways and boulevards back into linear parks that allow leisurely walking, bicycling, and driving while increasing public access and enjoyment of nearby natural resources… In 1953 the MDC widened Morrissey Boulevard into a six-to-ten lane, high-volume, fast-moving highway.  But even though the creation of the Southeast Expressway (today’s I-93) in 1959 eliminated Morrissey’s role as the main gateway to the south shore, nothing was done to restore the adjacent community’s former access to the Harbor or to end the unspeakably unsafe conditions for walkers or bike riders.  This was allowed partly because Massachusetts was still ignoring its rivers and coast…”

Agenda for The November 6th General Meeting

General Meeting Agenda
Monday November 6, 2017

Call to Order
Pledge of Allegiance
Police Report


  1. RENEW your membership for 2018: $5.00 for individuals or $25.00 for merchants. Please make checks payable to CSHCA. New members should submit a completed CSHCA Membership Form with your payment.
  2. Annual Tree Lighting – SAVE the DATE: November 25th at 6:00 pm. Bring the kids! Decorated wreaths will also be available for sale!!
  3. Election: Tuesday, November 7th. Polls open at 7:00 am and close at 8:00 pm (Mayor, at Large Councilor and Local Councilor are all on ballot)
  4. UMASS Boston – In DECEMBER Phil Carver will provide an update on Bayside RFI and Construction update
  5. Natural Selections – Marijuana Dispensary will present and seek support to McCormack Civic November 21 at 7:00 pm in Saint Mother Teresa Church basement
  6. 54 Pleasant Street- ZBA date scheduled November 14, 2017 at 10:30 am in Room 801 for a proposal of a 17-unit condominium development


  1. Representative Nick Collins whose district includes Columbia Point and the northern part of Morrissey Blvd, including the Globe parcel, will address the membership with an update from his office.
  2. Catherine O’Neill will provide an update to DotBlock development and construction timeline.
  3. The Boston Housing Authority (BHA) has chosen Winn Development to redevelop the Mary Ellen McCormack public housing project in a four phase approach in a proposal that calls for approximately 3,000 housing units that will include affordable, middle income and market rate units. Representatives including Kate Bennett will provide an overview of project. Read the BHA Press Release
  4. Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) – Morrissey Boulevard Redesign. Anne Fiesinger, Director of Public Outreach, and representative from DCR, will present 25% design plans length of project that extends Mount Vernon St to Neponset Circle. Presentation will focus on impacts to regional traffic and concerns addressed by membership. A public comment period will close on December 18th. Read the Morrissey Boulevard Redesign project description.

Planning Committee
Eileen Fenton – Chair

Ratification of support for:

  • 89 Savin Hill Ave: Extend living space into the basement for an office, laundry room, bathroom and playroom
  • 99 Savin Hill Ave: Change use to a Veterinarian  Hospital

Presenting for vote: (possible deferment)

  • 12 Carson Street: single family conversion to multi family

(subject to change)
Meeting held at Savin Hill Apts. 130 Auckland Street

  • 951 – 957 Dorchester Ave: Sale and Development of 951 – 957 Dorchester Ave (Current Dorchester Market & Tom English’s Pub)
  • 1048 Dorchester Ave: Waymark Church- Parking lot proposal at back of church

Old Business
New Business
50/50 raffle
Meeting Adjourn

Daffodil Planting Events This Weekend

Boston Blooms with Daffodils, a citywide program offered by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, has once again provided 500 daffodil bulbs to be planted this fall in the Columbia-Savin Hill section of Dorchester. There will be two planting locations again this year in the neighborhood:

  1. Ryan Playground at corner of Harborview and Dorchester Ave, and
  2. McConnell Park by the flag pole

We need volunteers to help with this planting project. With plenty of bulbs to be placed in the ground, people should work best in teams of two: a digger and a planter. This can be a fun family event, where youth can participate in the beautification of their neighborhood, and enjoy seeing their efforts rewarded with blooms every spring. These bulbs are available now and help is needed to get them into the ground.

Persons interested in helping to plant these bulbs should meet at 9:15/9:30 am in Ryan Playground and at 10:00/10:30 am in McConnell Park on THIS Saturday, November 4, 2017.

Minutes: September 2017 General Membership Meeting

Meeting minutes of the September 11, 2017 general membership meeting:

  • Meeting called to order
  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • Police report
  • Pledge/moment of silence
  • Police report
  • Introduction of this year’s E-Board
  • Tito Jackson spoke about his campaign, followed by q&a
  • David Cotter from the Mayor’s office gave an update on 410 Savin Hill Ave
  • Acknowledgement of elected officials/staffers
  • Motion to get engaged in Savin Hill initiative from Mayor’s office — Passed
  • Motion to appropriate $400 to be register with IRS as 501(c)(4) — Passed
  • Daffodil bulb sale will be November 4
  • Discussion with elected officials regarding neighborhood issues, especially UMass
  • James Baker presented on his proposed project at 110 Savin Hill Ave, which had a ZBA date Sept 19. Has reduced density and height, increased parking. Combining 3 lots into 2. Three story commercial plus a 9 unit, 13 parking spot residential.
  • Motion to support 110 Savin Hill Ave proposal at ZBA if remains the concept as presented, and he keeps the community engaged (Planning Committee previously supported subject to the same conditions) — Passed
  • Introduction of new webmaster
  • 50/50 raffle
  • Meeting adjourned.