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The city of Boston is moving forward with plans to sell the large property along Cummins Highway in Mattapan, known as the Cote Ford parcel.
A community meeting to kick off the process of developing a public advertisement for the site, also known as a Request for Proposal, has been set for Feb. 18. The meeting will be held at the Mattapan Library and will begin at 6 p.m.
The property covers about 100,000 square feet and makes up of several connected parcels on Cummins Highway and Regis Road. It has sat vacant since the auto dealership closed.
Now filled with trash, deteriorating structures, and graffiti, the space has long been a headache for the community.
Plans for the site have been floated in the past, but never panned out.
Now with new energy in the neighborhood, in part because of the Fairmount Indigo Planning Initiative and a recovering real estate market, officials see the site as ripe for development, especially with its close proximity to the planned Blue Hill Avenue MBTA Station.
“They’ve [Fairmount Indigo Planning Initiative] done great work looking at the area and we want to take that to the next step,” explained Sheila Dillon, director of the Department of Neighborhood of Development, which controls the parcel.
Although DND plans to sell the property, that’s about as far as the department has gotten in developing a vision for the site. Although input from the Fairmount Indigo Planning Initiative’s Blue Hill Avenue/Cummins Highway Working Advisory Group will be used to help shape the process, it will be resident input that will guide the RFP’s language and the future of the site.
The land and buildings were assessed in 2013 for a combined value of approximately $808,000 and the property is bound by MBTA tracks, Cummins Highway, and Regis Road. In the past the site was used for an auto dealership and other light-industrial and commercial uses.
"We are hopeful that we will be able to issue an RFP this spring on this prominent site,” Dillon added. “Once we have issued the RFP, we will continue to work closely with the community to select a developer and an appropriate end use."