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Major residential development “Washington Village” proposed for Andrew Square in Dorchester

Dorchester, DJ Properties LLC

Source: Washington Village project notification form

DJ Properties LLC has submitted a proposal to develop nearly 5 acres of land that would convert small industrial buildings into eight residential buildings that include more than 650 units, almost 100,000 square feet of retail space, more than 550 parking spaces and approximately 40,000 square feet of new open space near Andrew Square in Dorchester.  A grocery store and pharmacy are alluded to in the developer’s plan to “provide everyday services and goods available on-site, minimizing the need for residents to travel elsewhere to meet their basic needs”.

The development, called Washington Village will include both home ownership and rental housing options at market-rate, mid-market, and affordable price points. Located approximately 5 blocks from the Andrew Square T station, Washington Village is easily accessible to the red line.

Andrew Square, DJ Properties LLC

Source: Washington Village project notification form

While a lot of friends in recent years have moved to Savin Hill in Dorchester, if this development is able to open it would really transform Andrew Square in a meaningful way, opening the doors for more investment.  Andrew Square’s proximity to the South End and Downtown makes this an even more desirable location and bridges what is mostly dead space between Southie and Dorchester. Fingers crossed that this is able to get the necessary approvals so building can begin straight away. For more details about the project link here.

Allston Christmas, September 1st

Over the years locals have come to refer to September 1 as “Allston Christmas”; sarcastically referring to all the discarded junk renters leave curbside.

I have heard estimates that 80% of all apartments in Boston have a September 1 – August 31 lease; driven by the nearly 250,000 students who return to Boston each year.  Neighborhoods like Allston-Brighton have a large number of rentals and are impacted disproportionately – hence the term Allston Christmas.

Boston Pride June 5-14, 2015

Boston Pride 2015Boston’s 45th Pride celebration closes tonight Sunday, June 14th and while I attended fewer events this year than in the past, reports indicate most events were well attended. Once again the surprise highlight of the week was the 2nd Annual Heels for Hope party on June 10th at Cathedral Station raising money for BAGLY.

Warm weather and plenty of sunshine helped bring a larger than expected crowd into Boston on Saturday to watch the parade and parties around the city. Thank you to everyone who shared photographs and were nice enough to pose.

Boston Pride Back Bay block party today 12-8PM

Boston Pride Back Bay block partyOne of the last events for Boston Pride happens to be one of the best.  The Boston Pride Back Bay Block Party is always a good time.

Sunday, June 14th / 12:00 Noon – 8pm
St. James Ave. between Arlington and Berkeley St.

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Chandler Street Block Party at Boston Pride

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Chandler Street Block Party

One of the most fun events of Boston Pride isn’t even an official Pride event, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t stop by and check it out.

Located on the corner of Chandler and Berkeley Street in the heart of the South End this is a lot of fun when the weather cooperates.

Saturday, June 13th
1:30pm – 7pm
Berkeley & Chandler St.

There is a $15 donation collected that goes to AIDS Action Committee so by coming out and having fun with your friends you are actually helping a great local non-profit.

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Boston Pride

Boston Pride is in full swing so Sergio and I will be out enjoying the company of friends.  A couple years ago I pulled together a video of Boston Pride Week (at least the events I attended in 2013).  If you’ve never been to Boston Pride this gives you a quick look at some of the events.  Have a great weekend.


Happy Pride Boston

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