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

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.

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.

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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Speakers:
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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FYI:
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.

TUESDAY’S PLANNING MEETING AGENDA
(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

Abutters Meeting: 89 Savin Hill Ave

The Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services, along with the proponents of 89 Savin Hill Ave, invites surrounding neighbors of this address to a meeting to discuss a proposal to extend living space into the basement. Meeting time and location:

Where:            On-Site, 89 Savin Hill Ave
When:             Wednesday, September 6th
Time:              6:30 pm

Please direct any questions or concerns to:

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

Problem/Target Properties in Columbia-Savin Hill

The Columbia Savin Hill Civic Association (CSHCA) looks for properties in our neighborhood that are unsafe, unattractive, under-utilized, or has problems in other ways. We ask you to help us identify such properties and, if you’re willing, help us deal with them.

Please join us to help develop strategies to address each problem property or send an e-mail that identifies properties you’re not happy about. Address the e-mail to our Planning Committee chair, Eileen Fenton.

There are two major reasons to do this. The first reason is, simply, that we want to live in a quality neighborhood. While the vast numbers of parcels in the CSHCA area are nice, we do have some problem properties. We believe that the civic association can help improve these.

The second reason is that there are resources out there that could help if property owners were aware of them. The City of Boston has programs to help both home owners and business owners. Very often, many owners know nothing about them.

Additionally, the Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation (DBEDC), a non-profit development company started by CSHCA members in 1978, offers both grants and loans to eligible residents. The grants range from $15,000 for a single family to $30,000 for a three family. These grants (that means free money!) are restricted to homeowners with household incomes less than $62,000. DBEDC has below market rate loans for higher income households and businesses. Again, most property owners don’t know about these resources.

The Planning Committee does not intend to be nasty, aggressive or strident in dealing with property owners. Our intention is to help property owners access resources necessary to improve their properties. Having the civic association actively supporting the property owner will help the owner. An owner that improves his/her property helps the neighborhood.

Please send us your problem sites and consider joining the committee to work on them.

2017 Dorchester Beach Festival

Mark you calendar! The 2017 Dorchester beach Festival will be held at Malibu Beach in Savin Hill on Saturday, August 26. The event is free.

Activities for children include arts and crafts, face painting, games, and more. Children’s activities start at 5:30 pm. At 7:30 pm the film “Jaws” will be shown. See the poster below for details and list of event sponsors.

Bring a blanket, picnic, chairs. Enjoy an end-of-the-summer event with your friends, family, and neighbors at the beach!

Image of flyer for the 2017 Dorchester Beach Festival

Event flyer. 2017 Dorchester Beach Festival

Honeycomb Cafe Is Open!

Image of menu at Honeycomb Cafe. August 8, 2017

The Honeycomb Cafe is open! Located on Savin Hill Avenue in the former site of the Savin Scoop ice cream store, this new restaurant offers a variety of coffees, teas, breakfast items, and sandwiches with fast, friendly service.

The food is delicious. I had the O-T-B BLT sandwich. Tasty! Food components are sourced from local farms and partners. The menu (items may vary) also contains gluten-free options.

Be sure to visit soon!

Local farms and partners. Interior image of Honeycomb Cafe.