Dot Block Project: Construction Update

Artist rendering of Dot Block buildingWork proceeds on the massive Dot Block project. For the latest information, I contacted Catherine O’Neill, a spokesperson for the project, who provided project updates previously. She informed me via e-mail (links added):

“The new temporary fence is almost completed and we have begun to cut and cap the utilities – this will take approximately three weeks – we began Tuesday on Dorchester Avenue, then will proceed to Hancock, then Pleasant then Greenmount – when completed the demolition will begin – I’m thinking the buildings will start coming down second week of March… the subcontractor doing the cut and cap is Metro Equipment Corp and the demolition contractor is Vinagro.”

According to the approved BPDA Board memo in 2016:

“The Project site is comprised of four existing parcels totaling 172,023 square feet (3.9 acres) of land, and bounded by Greenmount Street to the North, Dorchester Avenue to the East, hancock Street to the South, and Pleasant Street to the West. The Site excludes the South corner piece of the city-block bounded by Hancock Street and Dorchester Avenue, as well as the North-East corner piece of the block at the intersection of Dorchester Avenue and Greenmount Street.

The Site currently includes 4 existing 2-story buildings which are all vacant and in poor condition; an auto-body shop, a private way (Greenmount Place) off Greenmount Street, which is expected to be incorporated into the Site; and a 15-foot City of Boston Sewer Easement tht runs through a portion of the Site from Dorchester Avenue to Pleasant Street. The existing buildings will be demolished to enable the Proposed Project to be constructed… DOT BLOCK LLC proposes to develop an approximately 388,400 gross square foot development containing approximately 362 residential units, approximately 37,000 square feet of new retail space on Dorchester Avenue and a 5-story 450 parking space garage. The proposal calls for five buildings ranging from four to six stories in height…”

For more information, visit the Dot Block project page at the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) site.

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.

Monday, September 14 – General Membership Meeting

Welcome Back!

General Meeting—Monday, September 14th, 2015

Speaker

Eversource Energy Company
John Hoey
John has been invited to help explain the confusion around all the new companies that are knocking doors selling energy usage packages in the neighborhood.

Mayor Martin J Walsh’s New Neighborhood Liaison

David Cotter

Committees

New Committees

1) CSHCA Master Plan for development

2) Merchant members

Exciting Committees

3) Beautification Committee
Meeting Thursday, September 17th at 7:00Pm at Elizabeth Doyle’s house , Southview Street.

4) Planning Committee
Chair : Eileen Fenton

Agenda Items

a) 4 Sumner Street
Proposal to legalize existing 3 family
Wayne Canto

b) 201 Savin Hill Avenue
Renovate the home with construction of decks
Michael Taubenberger &
Kristen McCormack

c) DotBlock – Hancock Street/Dorchester Avenue/Pleasant Street
Update on proposal for mixed use commercial and residental development