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DCR to meet with the community to discuss Mattapan trail house plans

Posted by Patrick Rosso  May 7, 2013 12:00 PM

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A rendering of what DCR would eventually like to build at the location.

Officials from the Department of Conservation and Recreation will be in front of the Mattapan community Thursday to discuss the redevelopment of the derelict structures adjacent to the Mattapan Square MBTA Station.

A public meeting has been set for May 9 from 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Foley Senior Residences at 249 River St. Representatives from DCR will be discussing the future of the site and what residents can expect to see in the coming months.

The community has long been pushing for the meeting and the work signals the start of some progress, even if it is small, on the Mattapan portion of the Neponset River Greenway.

The historic building, located at 1674 Blue Hill Ave., over the years has had additional structures added to it and once housed a mattress store.

It was acquired by DCR in November of 2010 for $400,000.

Eventually parts of the building will be demolished and the historic part of the structure will be rehabbed to act as the neighborhood’s gateway to the Greenway, which stretches along the Neponset River from Dorchester to Hyde Park.

Officials from DCR told earlier in the year that the agency hasn’t yet secured the funds to completely redevelop the structure, but that portions of it will be demolished and secured to create an “interim plaza" for the time being.

The structure is expected, once funded, to act as the connector between the western and eastern sides of the Greenway in addition possibly providing retail space, community bulletin boards, and an informational kiosk.


(Image courtesy city of Boston Assessing Department)

The location of the structures.

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