Monday, March 31, 2014

Success! HBI Reaches $1 Million Capital Campaign Goal

HBI surpassed its $1 million campaign goal and completed the Trilogy Fund for Historic Boston, the organization’s first capital campaign for the rehabilitation of three historic buildings in three Boston neighborhoods. 

Chaired by developer and philanthropist Ronald M. Druker and former Mayor Thomas Menino, the Trilogy Fund has transformed three important historic places for new uses:

- The long-vacant Hayden Building at 681 Washington Street in Chinatown was transformed into four market rate residential units and one commercial retail space.  Built in 1875, the Hayden Building is the only commercial building designed by Henry Hobson Richardson remaining in Boston.  Revenue from this project will support HBI’s overhead and operations.

- In Roxbury, the Alvah Kittredge House at 10 Linwood Street, a rare high style Greek Revival period building that was empty for 20 years and seriously distressed, is  60% through construction and is scheduled for occupancy in June as five apartments, two of which will be designated Affordable Housing. 

Hyde Park’sVertullo Building is an 1868 mixed-use structure with five small business spaces and four residential units on Fairmount Avenue in the Hyde Park Main Streets district.  A rare surviving structure from the period in which Hyde Park was founded as a town, the building is undergoing restoration as  part of HBI’s Historic Neighborhood Centers program – an effort to support commercial district revitalization and foster economic development with the tools of preservation and real estate development.

Now Listing: Three Retail Spaces Available in Historic Vertullo Building

Are you interested in opening a small business in Hyde Park? HBI will soon complete the restoration and upgrades of the Vertullo Building’s Victorian storefronts which means the Hyde Park building at 74-84 Fairmount Avenue there will be three spaces available for new small businesses. 

To learn more, see the attached marketing document, or call Certified Property Management at 617-738-6606.

Friday, March 21, 2014

A Missing Chimney Returns to the Kittredge House

If you look at the “before construction” photo of the Alvah Kittredge House below, you’ll notice a prominent chimney at the right, but no matching chimney on the left.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Coming Soon-May is Preservation Month

Stay tuned by checking in at the Boston Landmarks Commission website.

Friday, March 14, 2014

New Faces and New Roles for HBI Board Members

At its March meeting, HBI voted two new additions to its board of directors.  Felicia Jacques, Roxbury resident and Vice President of Development at Maloney Properties, and David Hacin, South End resident and principal of David Hacin and Associates, are HBI’s two newest board members.  Jacques and Hacin bring experience in real estate development and design to HBI’s board, and both have deep knowledge of Boston’s neighborhoods.

Kathy MacNeil, a principal at Millenium Partners, is the new Vice President of HBI’s Board, a role she will fill for the next three years.  Kathy has been a member of HBI’s board since 2008, and has been an active member of HBI’s Executive Committee since 2012.

HBI bids farewell to Chrystal Kornegay as her second term on HBI’s Board of Directors comes to an end.  Chrystal’s thoughtful guidance on projects and neighborhood strategies has been important support for the organization’s work in the last several years.