City officials joined Roslindale residents today in officially starting the Substation project that by next year will feature 43 apartments and a restaurant called the Third Rail.
Developer Peregrine Group is building the new apartments on what used to be the Higgins Funeral Home and its parking lot and renovating the long dormant old trolley substation built in 1911 by the Boston Elevated Railway (using a design from the same architect responsible for the Custom House tower). Peregrine is working with Roslindale Village Main Street and Historic Boston, which helped raise funds for the project.
What it will look like when done, assuming you were a bird or a drone:
Dirt was shoveled:
Roslindale resident Adam Rogoff spent 12 years working to get something done with the substation:
Construction crews have actually been working on the site for a few weeks now, tearing down the funeral home and creating this large pile of dirt.
All that's left of the old Higgins place:
Roslindale pride was much in evidence:
Inside the substation (from a tour a couple years ago):