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
617-635-4819

Agenda For January 8 General Meeting

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

Call to Order
Pledge of Allegiance
Police Report
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Announcements

  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.

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Speakers

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:
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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.
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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

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PLANNING COMMITTEE
Eileen Fenton – Chair

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

TUESDAY’S (JANUARY 9) PLANNING MEETING AGENDA
(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

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Old Business
New Business
50/50 raffle
Meeting Adjourn

Minutes: December 2017 General Membership Meeting

Meeting minutes from the December 4th general membership meeting:

  • Meeting called to order
  • Police report
  • Motion to give $100 to the tree lighting committee passed
  • Representative Hunt gave an update on his work
  • Recognition of small business donations
  • Phil Carver and another representative of UMass Boston spoke about the university’s ongoing construction and its chancellor search.
  • Eileen Fenton gave an update on work by the Planning Committee. No vote has been taken on the Waymark Church parking proposal.
  • A representative of Pine Street Inn spoke about their transfer of 136-140 Pleasant Street to Family Aid Boston.
  • Don Walsh gave an update on work by the Visioning Committee.
  • George Jenkins gave an update about the CSHCA website.
  • The owners of Honeycomb Cafe spoke about their progress.
  • Brief updates on South Bay and Dot Block
  • Holiday Raffle
  • Meeting adjourned.

Glover’s Corner Development: An Opportunity

At the December 4th General Meeting, a representative from the Glover’s Corner development project distributed a flyer, which read in part:

“PLAN: Glover’s Corner is an opportunity for the community and the City of Boston to think strategically about the future of Glover’s Corner.”

The area under study is huge, covering about 86 acres. Current land usage includes commercial (41%), residential (25%), industrial (17%), public/tax-exempt (14%), and mixed-use (2%). See the map below.

Visioning workshops held on May 18 and June 28, 2017 identified several neighborhood strengths (“cultural and economic diversity; close to Red Line transit; cross-roads of Dorchester; culturally diverse restaurants and local services”) and weaknesses (“lack of trees, green spaces, and places to gather; unsafe and hard to walk and bike; traffic and congestion; lack of access to certain services and amenities”). The workshop sessions also identified the highest priorities for the project:

    1. “Create housing for a range of incomes
    2. Plan for a climate-change resilient neighborhood”

Other top priorities identified:

  • “Create safe, walkable bike-friendly streets
  • Preserve and grow quality jobs
  • Improve transit options and connections
  • Provide support for local businesses
  • Support cultural diversity of the neighborhood
  • Create an active people-centric district through development”

To learn more, visit the Glover’s Corner Project at the Boston Planning & Development Agency site, and/or read the October 25, 2017 Land Use Workshop Presentation. A copy of the presentation is also available here (Adobe PDF; 11 MB).

Glovers corner boundaries. Boston Planning and Development Agency.

Agenda For December 4 General Meeting

CSHCA General Meeting Agenda
Monday December 4th, 2017

Call to Order
Pledge of Allegiance
Police Report
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Announcements

  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. Annual Tree Lighting: Thank you to Harp & Bard for Hot Cocoa and Beautification Committee
  3. Election: Results are in…we will let you know who won and how we turned out! at the poles
  4. Addiction & Homelessness Taskforce: the CSHCA executive board will be participating in a multi-civic discussion around the challenges on this topic specifically in the neighborhood of Newmarket/Southampton Street.
  5. Globe Site: Transfer of title scheduled for December 15th… will provide update on current status, but… Nordblom will be back in January requesting support for vision
  6. 136-140 Pleasant Street: Pine Street Inn, the current owners, will be transferring ownership of property to FamilyAid Boston. Updates will be provided at membership meeting. FamilyAid Link
  7. DCR Morrissey Blvd. Update and Comment Process. As a followup to November presentation materials can be found on: CSHCA home page. Additonally, comments are being accepted until December 18th at the DCR-Morrissey Redesign site or via email at dcr.updates@state.ma.us (reference Morrissey Blvd in your e-mail subject line)

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Speakers

Phil Carver of UMASS Boston will provide an update around on campus projects and other developments. He will also explain the organizational structure of Umass Building Authority who is responsible for the old Bayside Expo redevelopment. Phil will also raffle off some UMASS swag…
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Don Walsh will provide an update on the new Visionary Committee to coincide around Imagine Boston 2030… well attended kickoff meeting was held in November.

George Jenkins, the CSHCA webmaster, will provide an update on improvements to our website and discuss the uptick in click traffic and other changes.
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SMALL BUSINESS DORCHESTER

It’s our annual holiday gathering. SEVERAL small businesses have provided food, drink and donations to be enjoyed and raffled back to members… some which include Harp & Bard, The Banshee, Avenue Liquors Savin Hill AveBanh Mi BaLe Bakery, Honeycomb Cafe – Savin Hill AveThe Stitch House, DotDogs, Body + Fuel – Crossfit, Venice Pizza, Coleens Flower ShopPlush Nails & Beauty BarHarborpoint Liquors at Star MarketDorchester Brewing Company – Mass Ave, Snippers Hair Club For Dogs And Cats, and others. Come enjoy and get a chance to receive free gift cards and swag!! We will personally hear from the owners of HoneyComb Café (Lara & Nicole) on their progress and discuss menu expansions and catering!!
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PLANNING COMMITTEE
Eileen Fenton – Chair

  • 951 – 959 Dorchester Avenue: Possible presentation on a 38-unit/22-parking space development at the current Dot Market / Tom English location.
  • 12 Carson Street: Possible discussion on Single family conversion to multi family

TUESDAY’S (December 12th) PLANNING MEETING AGENDA
(subject to change)
Meeting held at Savin Hill Apts. 130 Auckland St

  • 5 Spring Garden Street: Legalize the enclosure of rear porches of home
  • 1048 Dorchester Ave: Waymark Church- Parking lot proposal at back of church

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Old Business
New Business
50/50 raffle
Meeting Adjourn

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.