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.

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

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.

Minutes: June 2017 General Membership Meeting

Meeting minutes of the June 5, 2017 general membership meeting:

  • Meeting called to order
  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • Police report
  • Recognition of the late William Lynch
  • Announcement: Dan Brennan not seeking re-election as Treasurer, contrary to announcement at May meeting. Nicole Chelkowski was nominated to take his place
  • Motion to elect Nicole Chelkowski as Treasurer — Passed
  • Motion to give Executive Board/Planning Committee authority to conduct the Association’s business until September general meeting — Passed
  • Motion to support Port Norfolk in opposing a billboard there — Passed
  • Planning– after robust discussion, a motion in support of the proposal to change 147 Grampian Way to 7 units — Passed 17-7
  • 110 Savin Hill Ave was discussed but no vote taken
  • Chris Osgood from the City of Boston spoke regarding traffic and related matters
  • Meeting adjourned

12 Carson Street Abutters Meeting Rescheduled

The 12 Carson Street formal abutters meeting has been moved to Monday, October 30 at 6:00 pm. Residents living within 300 feet of the property should receive flyers about the upcoming meeting, according to an e-mail from David Cotter, the Dorchester Liaison in the Boston Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services (City Hall Room 805; phone 617-635-4819).

The proposed development is to convert an existing single-family home into two or three units.

Local Meeting To Discuss How Community Preservation Money Will Be Spent

Last year, the Yes for a Better Boston (YBB) coalition successfully campaigned for the Community Preservation Act. Now, it is time to start spending the money. The Community Preservation Committee has set up a meeting on Thursday, October 19 to get your input about how money should be spent locally. See below for the meeting location, time and details.

General Meeting: Monday, September 11

The next CSHCA General Meeting will be on Monday, September 11, 2017 at 7:00 pm. Meeting agenda:

Call to Order
Pledge of Allegiance
Police Report

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1) Update: Introduction of new executive board for 2017-2018 association and our new webmaster
2) 410 Savin Hill Avenue- Neighborhood initiative on City owned green space- David Cotter will provide update and clarify the work of Boston Food Forest Coalition tasked with evaluating usage for space
3) September 14th Community meeting on a Medical Marijuana dispensary to be operated by Natural Selections is seeking space on Clapp Street (off Boston St).  Meeting will be at 6:30 pm at the Plumbers Hall, 1240 Mass Ave
4)Approval for a new Committee: Imagine Savin Hill 2030 to coincide with the City’s initiative

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Tito Jackson: Current City Councilor and Mayoral candidate will share his accomplishments and his agenda for our City if elected the City’s next mayor. Current Mayor Walsh has been extended an invitation to our meeting as well.

Reminder: there will be a preliminary municipal election on Tuesday, September 26th from 7:00 am – 8:00 pm.

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Need a vote to approve our association as an recognized 501(c)(4). Costs to be recognized by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as such is $400.

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1) Bike & Brew Fest: Tuesday Sept. 13th 7-9:30 pm. West Plaza Peabody Square to showcase continued efforts in the growing cycling community and Dorchester’s brewery scene.
2) UMass Boston Building Authority issued an RFI for redevelopment of the Bayside Property
3) Update on our application for a Savin Hill Main Streets

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Planning Committee:
Chair: Eileen Fenton
1) 89 Savin Hill Ave: 6:00 pm Abutters Meeting on Sept. 21 at property to discuss extending living space to basement
2) 99 Savin Hill Ave – Vote to ask for a deferral for ZBA hearing on 9/13.  Relief is asking to open a Vet
3) 110 Savin Hill Ave / Sydney Street- Vote and presentation from owner James Bakers and RODE Architects for proposal on both a commercial and residential build
4) 233 Hancock St – Informational only – 6pm Meeting on Sept. 18 at First Parish Church to receive feedback on a 36 residential unit with ground floor retail and 22 parking spaces.
5) 92 Auckland Street – Informational only – potential Article 85 / Demolition delay to raze existing structure.

(subject to change)
a) 951-957 Dorchester Ave – Sale and Development of 951-957 Dorchester Ave (Current Dorchester Market & Tom English’s Pub)
b) 12 Carson Street – Conversion of single family home to a 3-unit condominium complex with parking.

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Old Business
New Business
50/50 raffle

Meeting Adjourned

Abutters Meeting: 99 – 103 Savin Hill Ave

The Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services, along with the proponents of 99-103 Savin Hill Ave, invites surrounding neighbors of this address to a meeting to discuss a proposal to change the occupancy to “Veterinary Clinic.”

Where:            On-Site, 99-103 Savin Hill Ave
When:             Wednesday, September 6th
Time:              6:00 pm

Please direct any questions or concerns to:

David Cotter
Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services
Phone: 617-635-4819