More than 150 people came to tour the building, hear from Boston’s Mayor Thomas M. Menino and other dignitaries and have lunch. It was a festive blending of new neighbors and long-time HBI supporters.
’s decision to move to Boston Dudley Square is as significant as the restoration of the building, said State Rep. Bryon Rushing.
“HBI knows something that a lot of businesses in
Maintaining the history of the neighborhood is important to its future, said State Rep. Gloria Fox.
“We have an area that is truly a treasure in
,” she said. Boston
The new headquarters are in the oldest standing fire house in the city of
. The building had fallen into serious disrepair and, prior to the renovation, was held up by wooden braces. Although intended to be a temporary fix, those braces were left in place for a decade. Boston
"Today is another step in the revitalization of one our neighborhoods,” Menino said. “In the restoration of this building, you can see the pride and potential of this neighborhood.”
Menino highlighted another project underway, the city’s renovation of the nearby Ferdinand building for use by the school board. He said the city expects to break ground on that project in the Spring.
“There’s a lot of work to be done, but we’re here to make sure the children don’t have to rely on their grandmothers’ memories to know about the heyday of
“It’s not about the buildings, it’s about what the buildings can do,” he said.