Friday, October 30, 2015

Council of Advisors Discuss Strategic Planning

Last night HBI’s Council of Advisors gathered at Millennium Tower Sales Office to discuss HBI’s strategic plans for the next five years  . Their feedback proved valuable as we finalize our planning for the next few years.

If you’d like to know more about HBI’s strategic planning read our blog post from earlier this month.

Friday, October 23, 2015

HBI Forges Partnerships to Increase Capacity for Neighborhood Revitalization

Preservation redevelopment business models

The business model for real estate redevelopment of historic properties has typically been one of two primary approaches. In the first approach, a preservation advocacy group identifies a significant building where its use was inherently tied to its significance, for example, the private home of a noted community or business leader, or a beloved theater or civic building. The group then raises funds from foundations and individuals (often over many years) with the intent of preserving the property as a museum or maintaining the use in the case of, say, a performing arts theater.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Laying New Paths at Roxbury's Eliot Burying Ground

New Stonework

In August 2014, the Historic Burying Ground Initiative, a part of the Boston Parks and Recreation Department received a grant from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Signature Urban Parks Program. A portion of that grant was allocated to renovating the Eliot Burying Ground that sits adjacent to HBI’s Eustis Street Fire House. The firm of Kyle Zick Landscape Architecture, Inc., headed up the design, and renovations took place over the course of a year. The burial ground was established in the 1630s and is the oldest burial ground in Roxbury.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Vertullo Building Business Owner Spotlighted in the Globe

Tiffany White, owner of a natural skin and nail care studio located in HBI’s Vertullo Building in Hyde Park was highlighted in The Boston Globe earlier this week. Tiffany’s story illustrates Historic Boston’s mission to provide opportunities for small business owners to start and expand their businesses. Congratulations Tiffany!

Friday, October 9, 2015

Special Edition: Available Spaces at Our Historic Boston Properties

The Alvah Kittredge House
Historic Boston currently has some rental openings to share – both residential and commercial.  
Alvah Kittredge House – HBI completed the rehabilitation of the Alvah Kittredge House in 2014, and one of the 2 bedroom, 1 bath apartments recently became available to rent.  The available space is on the first floor and features several historic features including the original floor –to-ceiling windows with interior shutters.  For more information and to make an appointment to see the apartment, contact David Marx at Certified Property Management, 617.738.6606 x 210 David Marx

Old Corner Bookstore, Downtown Boston -  If your business is looking for unique office space with lots of character in the heart of downtown Boston, the Old Corner Bookstore might fit the bill.  We currently have a second floor space available in the 1718 landmark.  Click here for details and to arrange a showing:  

Vertullo Building, Hyde Park  Four of the five retail spaces at the recently rehabilitated Vertullo Building have been rented, but there is one storefront waiting for a tenant.  The available space is 566 square feet and would be ideal for a small shop.  For more information and to arrange to see the space, contact Jeff Similien at DMG Brokerage, 781.591.3232, Jeff Similien

Friday, October 2, 2015

Early Donors Step Up for Fowler Clark Epstein Urban Farm

HBI is honored to announce early financial support from the City of Boston and several area charitable foundations for transformation of the Fowler ClarkEpstein Farm in Mattapan  into an urban farming training and education center. 

Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced a contribution from the City of Boston of $150,000  when he helped unveil new plans for the historic property on September 28th. “We’re going to deliver something great to you, but we will need your support,” Walsh told the crowd of more than 300 friends and supporters. 

Three additional foundations have also made very generous contributions to the costs of rehabilitating historic buildings and renewing the site’s landscape for urban farming.  They are

The 1772 Foundation                                                $50,000

The Cabot Family Charitable Trust                            $50,000

The EasternBank Charitable Foundation                    $10,000

The partnership of  Historic Boston Inc., Urban Farming Institute of Boston, The Trust for Public Land,and  North Bennet Street School, expects to begin construction on the $3.2 million project in the spring of 2016 after the partners conclude a campaign to raise $1.5 million for the project.   With these public and charitable contributions, commitments total $560,000 of the $1.5 million goal.

All donations – large and small – matter in this effort.  To support the Fowler Clark Epstein Farm’s rehabilitation, clickhere.

Thank you to our very generous friends and civic supporters!