Thursday, August 11, 2011

Roslindale Substation Possibilities Revealed

 Historic Boston and Roslindale Village Main Streets (RVMS) have been charged with developing a feasible proposal to reuse a long-empty substation in Roslindale. In this post, Guest blogger Elizabeth Sherva, an RVMS board member and substation neighbor, provides an update on the project.

Renderings by Taylor & Burns Architects
My husband and I moved to Roslindale three years ago this September. One of the things that we loved about this area of Boston was the feeling of a small town in the middle of Boston. The heart of Roslindale is Adam’s Park and the surrounding business. It’s here in Roslindale Village that you can find the neighborhood branch library, the community center, your local bakery, a number of wonderful restaurants and unique stores. Adam’s Park is alive with the Farmer’s Market on Saturdays and a number of concerts and children’s activities during the week.

If you are a consistent reader to the HBI blog, you’ll know that Roslindale Village Main Streets (RVMS) and HBI have been working on a plan for the Roslindale Substation building that sits overlooking Adam’s Park. The community has long supported the reuse of the building and the two groups are now excited that they have a viable option for the space.

The Roslindale Substation building now has a proposed reuse that will continue to engage the community surrounding the Adam’s Park area as a Function Hall/Event Space.

RVMS and HBI feel that the repurposing of the building will:

• Bring people into the building and the neighborhood

• Match a use to the building that will be financially self-supporting

• Make improvements to the building that will ensure its longevity

• Keep the space in a flexible layout

As a member of the RVMS committee that has worked on this project, as well a Roslindale resident, I’m very excited about how this space as a function hall will bring additional energy to this corner of Roslindale Village.

The next step for RVMS and HBI is to meet with the Boston Redevelopment Authority, which is the current owner of the property. Stay tuned to track our progress.

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