UMass Boston: Parking Fees Going Up

The Boston Globe reported:

“UMass Boston students and staff can expect to pay more to park on campus, as some rates will increase by at least 50 percent at the end of the current semester, the university announced Friday. Currently, parking at the school for a day costs $6, a rate that will continue throughout the spring semester. Under the new rate structure, daily parking at the university’s lot at the former site of the Bayside Expo Center will cost $9, and parking at a new, 1,400-space garage and other campus lots will be $15, according to a letter from Kathleen Kirleis, the vice chancellor for administration and finance at UMass Boston, sent to the school’s community.”

It will be interested to see what the consequences will be. Will more students attempt to park (for free) in nearby residential areas?

Local Rite Aid Store Now Part Of Walgreens Chain

Walgreens storres logoSome area residents have received letters via postal mail from the Walgreens store chain about changes at a local store:

“… We’d like to inform you that your neighborhood Rite Aid store at 1100 Dorchester Avenue in Dorchester is now part of Walgreens. Over the next two years we’ll be converting stores owned by Walgreens and installing new systems. In the meantime you’ll continue to earn wellness+ and Plenti points, and you’ll receive the same great service from the same trusted pharmacy staff.

The first change you’ll notice is that your store now has a Walgreens pharmacy, and we accept most insurance plans. Please call 617-282-3069 or stop by to fill your next prescription. Our website and app will be unable to process prescriptions at this store during the transition, but we’ll be happy to assist you.

It’s important to us that you always receive attentive service and get your questions answered. In an effort to ensure your care is continued and coordinate any upcoming prescription needs, Walgrees may call you. If you prefer not to be contacted, please call 866-312-8654.

Our team looks forward to continuing to serve you and your pharmacy needs.

Your Rite Aid Pharmacy Team”

The letter did not include a date nor name a specific person within Walgreens. According to a pamphlet enclosed with the letter, the signage and “store transition is expected to take up to three years.”  The pamphlet also provides answers to common questions about the transition.

Rite Aid has sold about half of its stores. Forbes magazine reported last week that Rite Aid is restructuring itself to profitability and has:

“… transferred 625 of its stores to Walgreens Boots Alliance as part of a larger deal with the nation’s largest pharmacy chain. In all, Walgreens will over the next few months buy 1,932 stores and three distribution centers from Rite Aid for nearly $4.4 billion in cash. Rite Aid Monday said it has received $1.3 billion in cash… Before agreeing last September to buy 1,932 Rite Aids, Walgreens spent almost two years trying to buy all of Rite Aid before antitrust scrutiny from the Federal Trade Commission that ultimately led to the deal’s undoing. As a smaller pharmacy chain, Rite Aid is focusing on eight states largely on the East and West Coasts…”

Neighborhood Associations In Dorchester

Last month, a news report by WBZ-TV, the local CBS affiliate in Boston, highlighted the civic engagement of many Dorchester residents. Civic engagement occurs in several ways, such as neighborhood associations. A partial list:

Some civic engagement is organized by issues, such as Dorchester Is Not For Sale and Boomerang Bags Boston. To find more groups, browse our Resident Resources page and the Neighborhood Guide by My Dorchester.

UMass Hired Broker To Sell Former Bayside Expo Center Site

The University of Massachusetts has hired a real estate broker to sell the former Bayside Expo site. According to the Dorchester Reporter:

“The University of Massachusetts will offer a select group of developers the chance to buy the former grounds of the Bayside Expo Center in Dorchester this year in a deal that could net the university a windfall sum. The university’s building authority has hired a commercial real estate broker — Newmark Knight Frank— to seek potential buyers or partners for the 20 acre waterfront parcel— prime Columbia Point real estate that UMass scooped up for $18 million back in 2010. The news of the broker was first reported by the Globe.”

Founded in 1929, Newmark Knight Frank (NKF) describes itself as:

“… one of the world’s leading commercial real estate advisory firms. NKF is operated by Newmark Group, Inc. (“Newmark”). Newmark is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol “NMRK”. We provide a fully integrated platform of services to prominent multinational corporations and institutional investors across the globe, as well as to occupiers, owners and developers of real estate on a local, regional and national level. Newmark has more than 4,600 employees in over 120 offices across the U.S. Together with London-based partner Knight Frank and independently-owned offices, NKF’s 15,000 professionals operate from more than 400 offices in established and emerging property markets on six continents.”

Earlier this month, NKF completed the sale of 29 Crafts Street — a five-story office building — in Newton, Massachusetts, and the sale of of Stony Brook Office Park in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Boston Boomerang Bags Event This Weekend

Boomerang bags logoAnother Boston Boomerang Bags event is scheduled this weekend at the Stitch House on January 20th and 21st from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. The event is to assemble more reusable bags as part of the local bag-share program. Mayor Walsh signed legislation in December banning single-use plastic bags.

According to the event announcement on Facebook:

“On the anniversary weekend of the Women’s March, this sew-a-thon will double as a “Resistitch” event. Creating bags helps our planet, AND, we’ll have opportunities to write postcards to elected officials, find ways to support progressives in the mid-term elections…”

Learn more at the Boomerang Bags website.

Proposed Development Plans For 959 Dot Ave

Image of proposed development at 959 Dot Ave

A brief note from Eileen, the Chair of the Planning Committee:

“Hi! Attached please find the plans for the Tom English bar/Dorchester Market site that were filed with the City this week. I direct your attention to page 2 of the document (page after cover sheet) for the zoning analysis and summary of violations. I quickly reviewed and to summarize:

  1. 5 Stories: 60.5’ in height
  2. Level 1: two commercial spaces – one for restaurant/bar and other for existing Dorchester Market
  3. 4 Levels of rental apartments: 38 Units, mostly studios and one-bedrooms
  4. Parking: 26 parking spots in the basement level, many of which appear to be tandem. Does not appear that they are considering stackable parking structures.”

Download the 959 Dorchester Ave Content Package (Adobe PDF, 4.4 MB). There is an abutters meeting scheduled for Saturday, January 20th.

Abutters Meeting Scheduled For 951-959 Dot Ave Development

The Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services, along with the proponents of 951-959 Dorchester Ave, invites surrounding neighbors of this address to a meeting to discuss a proposal to build a 5-story mixed-use building with 38 residential units, a restaurant, and a market.

Where: Catherine Clark Apartments (915 Dorchester Ave)
When: Saturday, January 20th
Time:              10:00 am

951-959 do ave development project image

Questions/Concerns, contact:
David Cotter
Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services

Winter Farmer’s Market Opens January 27

Looking for fresh, local produce? The Dorchester Winter Farmer’s Market, sponsored by Codman Square Neighborhood Council and the Codman Square Health Center, will operate Saturdays from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, beginning January 27th at The Great Hall in Codman Square (6 Norfolk Street). According to The Dorchester Reporter:

“The market launched in 2008 as the Codman Square Farmers Market and re-invented itself as the Dorchester Winter Farmers Market in 2012. There is no admission price and all are welcome… The vendors involved in this year’s market include Oakdale Farms, Farmer Dave’s, Moonlight Farms, Stonycreek Farms, Mycoterra, and City Compost. The remaining vendors are still being finalized…”

For more information, visit the Do Winter Farmer’s Market Facebook page and/or Twitter account.

Agenda For January 8 General Meeting

Below is the agenda for this evening’s general meeting:

Call to Order
Pledge of Allegiance
Police Report

  1. RENEW your membership for 2018: $5 Individual or $25/merchant. You can pay at meeting or send Checks payable to CSHCA can be sent to attention of Treasurer: Nicole Chelkowski, 5 Caspian Way #2, Dorchester MA  02125.  Additional donations always accepted: CSHCA Membership Form
  2. Real Estate Taxes for 2018 have been mailed. Deadlines for abatement is February 1st, and personal and residential exemptions by April 2nd. More information at the City of Boston Assessing Online site.
  3. Community Preservation Forum: Voters approved a new tax last election that appears on your real estate tax bill. Learn more about how these funds ($20 Million) will be used. Forum will be Thursday, January 18th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at the Lilla Frederick Middle School (270 Columbia Road)
  4. City of Boston – Winter Guide: If you have issues from parking to un-shoveled sidewalks to no heat, the city has a resourceful web page to assist: Winter In Boston Guide.
  5. At-Large Councilor, Annissa Essaibi-George has issued a newsletter and a survey about assessing constituent thoughts on a variety of topics.
  6. Glovers Corner Update meeting: Scheduled for January 10th from 6:00 – 7:30 pm at the Local 103 IBEW Hall (256 Freeport Street). More about the project can be found at the BPDA Glover’s Corner Plan site.
  7. DCR is hosting several community meetings about area parks. One such park up for discussion is McConnell Park. A community meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 25th at 6:30 pm at the Cristo Rey school. More information can be found in this CSHCA post.
  8. The 12th Annual Chili Cook-off is scheduled for March 11th at the IBEW Hall on Freeport Street from 4:00 – 7:00 pm. Come support CSHCA who will be looking for a local restaurant to cook Chili on behalf of the membership. More information can be found in this CSHCA post.


Eileen Donovan and Diane Crabtree Volunteer and Intern Program and Visitor Services Managers will speak about the work at the Edward Kennedy Institute over at Columbia Point and opportunities for members to actively participate. More info. about the institute can be found thru the Edward Kennedy Institute For U.S. Senate site:
Don Walsh will provide an update on the new Visioning Committee. The committee has confirmed select sites in the neighborhood to start the focus.

Keith Hague VP of Construction and Development for Eden’s will be updating the community on South Bay commercial and residential build out.
Active Large Projects in the Neighborhood. These are listed as an FYI only. No formal presentation at the meeting:

  • Dot Block
  • Morrissey Blvd. Redesign
  • Globe Purchase – developers coming in Feb. with update
  • UMass RFP-Bayside
  • Addiction/ Homelessness Taskforce for Newmarket
  • Billboard zoning
  • Redevelopment of Maryellen McCormack BHA property

Eileen Fenton – Chair

  • 5 Spring Garden: legalize the enclosure of rear porches
  • 12 Carson Street: Single family conversion to multi family condos

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

  • 951-959 Dorchester Ave.( Tom English/Dot Market): Update on residential and commercial build out
  • 1048 Dorchester Ave: Waymark Church – Parking lot proposal at back of church
  • 92 Auckland Street: Demolish Existing structure


Old Business
New Business
50/50 raffle
Meeting Adjourn