On Saturday September 6th at 11:00 a.m. Mayor Martin J. Walsh will join HBI, Roslindale Village Main Street and project developer, Peregrine Group LLC for a public groundbreaking for Parkside on Adams, the new development in Roslindale that includes 43 new residential units, anchored by the restoration of the 1911 Roslindale Substation. When built in 1911 the Roslindale Substation functioned as part of the Boston Elevated Railway Company's then-revolutionary alternating electric current power system. Designed by Robert S. Peabody of the Boston architectural firm of Peabody and Stearns, and built by the Stone and Webster Engineering Corporation, the Substation converted alternating electric current (AC) transmitted from a new South Boston Power Station via underground cables into direct current (DC) for use by local trolley cars. Placement of a substation in Roslindale Square in 1911 reflects the area's growth as an urban neighborhood after annexation by the City of Boston in 1873. Electric trolleys expanded to Roslindale in the 1890s, and construction of elevated railway stations at Dudley Square in 1901 and Forest Hills in 1906 only made this neighborhood more accessible to thicker settlement.
The Roslindale Substation, vacant since 1971, will become a destination restaurant by Chris Douglas of the Ashmont Grille and Tavolo in Dorchester. The combined residential and commercial project, estimated to represent a $17 million investment, will transform the eastern edge of Roslindale Village. HBI and Roslindale Village Main Street were designated by the Boston Redevelopment Authority in 2011 to examine feasible re-use scenarios for the former MBTA building. The two non-profits pursued several re-use scenarios but the Higgins family’s decision to sell its funeral home and related land next door, changed their planning. Roslindale Village Main Street and HBI pursued development partners to take on both the new construction and historic rehabilitation of the Substation and identified Rhode Island-based Peregrine Group. We hope you’ll join us on Saturday September 6th at 11 a.m. at 4236 Washington Street in Roslindale for a long-awaited celebration of renewal for the Substation and the Roslindale community
Mayor Walsh said it best: “I’m proud of the Alvah Kittredge House because this iconic but long vacant property is an investment that creates housing for the future while respecting the building’s storied past.”
While the past was clearly present on the evening of August 11th at 10 Linwood Street, the dedication, open house and picnic in Alvah Kittredge Square Park were festive reminders of how important the newly restored house is to the Highland Park community today.
Whoever said “patience pays off in the end” must have been
thinking of the redevelopment of the Roslindale Substation. The stars are
finally aligning for historic preservation work to begin on the Substation with
the final designation from the BRA anticipated to occur this month paving the
way for work to begin this autumn. Along with masonry restoration, the
monumental copper clad doors facing Adams Park will be restored and new windows
will once again open the building interior to light and views to Adams Park;
making it a perfect location for the destination restaurant being planned by
Chris Douglass known for the Ashmont Grille and Tavolo in Dorchester
Redeveloping the Roslindale Substation was made possible in
great part, by purchasing the adjacent Higgins Funeral Home site and leveraging
it to attract Peregrine Group as a development partner along with HBI and
Roslindale Village Main Street. Both the Substation and the adjacent Higgins’s
site are being developed in tandem with construction of the Parkside on Adams,
the residential component, beginning soon.To that end, demolition of the adjacent Higgins Funeral Home is
currently underway to make way for the residential piece of the development.
It’s great to see work on the site finally happening -- another “patient
preservation project” moving forward.
BOSTON – Mayor Martin J. Walsh has signed the National Trust for
Historic Preservation’s petition to save the federal historic tax
credit. This tax incentive is responsible for encouraging billions of
private dollars to be invested into historic, income producing
properties and has long been a proactive tool for developers and
individuals who wish to restore historic structures throughout the city.
Mayor Martin J. Walsh was on hand Saturday to cut the ribbon
on Dress With Confidence, a new shop at the historic Vertullo Building at 84 Fairmount Avenue in Hyde Park. Owner Yolanda John, a native of Barbados, has
training in fashion design and accounting and has been tailoring and making
custom clothing from her home in Dorchester.At this shop, she’ll sell handmade clothing and custom designs, and
jewelry made with semi-precious stones.
There is new momentum in the Hyde Park Main Street district
and that was underscored Saturday by Mayor Walsh’s stops-in at several new
businesses including a ribbon cutting at the Briar Rose on Hyde Park
Avenue.He even got a preview of a new
restaurant-to-be-named-later, under construction at 11 Fairmount Avenue in the
space formerly occupied by The Hyde and Dottie’s.
The Alvah Kittredge House (read- Mansion) atop Boston's Fort Hill was
originally built in 1836! It took several years to finish completely
renovating this architectural masterpiece, and construction is wrapping up now. Be the
first residents to live in these state of the art apartments with
endless character and period detail.
Your unit features high ceilings and floor to ceiling windows that flood
the living room and kitchen with sunlight. The new kitchen is the place
to cook, entertain and dine though there is ample room for a formal
dining room set up.
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