Roslindale Square

By - 11/20/14 - 4:46 pm

The Boston Licensing Board has granted full liquor licenses to a proposed Italian restaurant on Fairmount Avenue in Hyde Park and an under-construction bistro on South Street in Roslindale - and voted to let an existing Dominican restaurant on Fairmount Avenue expand from beer and wine to all types of liquor.

Antonio's Bacaro on Fairmount and Derna's on South Street got new licenses, and Rincon... Read more

By - 11/17/14 - 9:24 pm

Tony DeBenedictis (l) and Vincent Marino.

Through his lawyer, landlord Vincent Marino said tonight he has no plans to force out Tony's Market and Redd's in Rozzie if he gets zoning approval to add two stories to the building he owns at 4254-4257 Washington St. in Roslindale Square.

But that reassurance alone was not enough for residents at a hastily called meeting on the proposal tonight at the Roslindale Community Center... Read more

By - 11/16/14 - 8:58 pm

Vincent Marino wants to add two floors to the Washington Street building that houses Tony's Market and Redd's in Rozzie.

A meeting that starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Roslindale Community Center on Monday will be residents' only chance to discuss the proposal before it goes before the Zoning Board of Appeals on Nov. 25 - and will apparently be where Tony DeBenedictis... Read more

By - 11/13/14 - 3:25 pm
Redd's and Tony's in Roslindale

The owner of the single-story Washington Street building that houses Tony's Market and Redd's in Rozzie wants to add two floors and put eight apartments in them.

Vincent Marino goes before the Zoning Board of Appeals on Nov. 25 to seek a variance because the project and floor-area ratio would both be higher than allowed under the square's zoning and because he wouldn't have enough... Read more

By - 11/5/14 - 5:07 pm

UPDATE: JB Edwards is NOT closing, just moving to West Roxbury.

The Roslindale Village Main Street board has voted to do what it can to keep Petco from replacing the uniform store on South Street with a pet store, starting with an e-mail campaign and petition drive to convince the chain it's not wanted in Roslindale

In arguments similar to those used by... Read more

By - 11/3/14 - 1:13 pm
Roslindale says farewell to Tom Menino

At first, the mood was almost festive. Schoolkids and many adults waved flags - some handed out by Carlos Arredondo - friends and neighbors reminisced. But as the sirens of the motorcycle cops began to echo down Cummins Highway and the funeral procession appeared, heading down the hill into Roslindale Square, the crowds gathered around Adams Park hushed.

By - 10/31/14 - 7:37 am
Sign that thanks Tom Menino in Roslindale

Somebody mounted an old Menino sign at Adams Park, in front of a flag flying at half staff.

Roslindale was part of Tom Menino's old city-council district, and as a councilor, he helped create the city's first Main Streets program there.

By - 10/18/14 - 11:27 am
Mayor Walsh cuts a ribbon in Roslindale

Marty Walsh cuts ribbon with help of neighborhood kids and giant golden scissors.

Roslindale residents, city parks workers and elected officials gathered in Adams Park this morning to rededicate the park after a summer-long renovation project that features new walkways and benches - and a new irrigation system that means volunteers will no longer have to water plants by hand.

After the speechifying and the ribbon cutting, people ambled about enjoying the return of the weekly farmers' market... Read more

By - 10/17/14 - 3:10 pm
Revamped Adams Park

New benches, paths, grass at revamped park.

The fences came down a few days ago, but the formal re-opening of Adams Park in Roslindale Square is tomorrow at 9 a.m., with a re-dedication ceremony. A ribbon will, of course, be cut.

The farmers' market, which had been held up at the commuter-rail station, will re-open in the park tomorrow as well. It will then run through Nov. 22.... Read more

By - 10/10/14 - 10:14 am

In a neighborhood that has long prided itself on its locally owned shops, residents and business owners are once again forced to consider what happens when chains move in - or if they can stop them.

News that a Petco could replace the uniform store in Roslindale Square prompted Roslindale resident Kristie Helms to start a Facebook group to consider how to Keep... Read more

By - 10/8/14 - 9:43 pm
Roslindale apartments under construction

Roslindale Square's first major development in years is beginning to take shape on Washington Street, where workers are constructing a building with 43 apartments that will wrap around the old trolley substation - which will itself be rehabbed and turned into a restaurant.

By - 10/1/14 - 6:50 pm
Derna's

Derna's at 753 South St., where regulars can pour their own coffee, goes before the Boston Licensing Board next week seeking an all-alcohol license and permission to stay open until 1 a.m. and open a patio.

Stephen Judge, owner of Delfino, across the street, bought Derna's and the adjoining Minerva's Owl space earlier this year. Under his proposal, Derna's would expand into the former clothing... Read more

By - 9/23/14 - 2:26 pm

Roslindale Village Main Street reports Petco is looking at space in the square for one of its smaller Unleashed by Petco stores.

As you know, in the past, the community has expressed concern over national chains moving into Roslindale Village. Those concerns often centered around a desire to retain small, locally-owned, independent shops over national chains, as well as general concerns over increased congestion,

... Read more
By - 9/6/14 - 12:56 pm
Site of new apartments, restaurants at old Roslindale substation

A groundbreaking image.

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... Read more

By - 8/1/14 - 1:10 pm
Tracks in Roslindale on South Street

At least in Roslindale, old trolley tracks never died - they just got covered over with asphalt. Tim Murphy noticed the tracks exposed on South Street for some utility work in front of Wallpaper City today.

In 1948, the tracks were still exposed all the time, as you can see in this Boston City Archives photo of South Street (taken from what is... Read more

By - 6/24/14 - 3:31 pm

A concerned citizen complains about South Street in Roslindale Square by the wallpaper store now that the street has a bicycle lane:

When a car is stopped for a pedestrian at this crosswalk, other motorists will often illegally use part of the bike lane to overtake - I've seen numerous almost-collisions at this location. This is a high pedestrian area. This needs to be

... Read more
By - 6/13/14 - 9:08 am

Roslindale Square this morning. Photo by Cheezus.

Boston Police are trying to figure out where the blood in front of the BPL branch at Washington and Poplar streets came from this morning.

Although officers searched the area and contacted local hospitals, they did not find a victim to go with the blood, a BPD spokesperson said. Around 9:15 a.m., police took down the crime-scene tape they had put around the library.

Shortly... Read more

By - 6/5/14 - 12:27 pm
Roslindale parklet

Workers didn't let some rain today stop them from installing Roslindale's new parklet on Cohasset Street, on the side of Fornax.

By - 5/31/14 - 10:14 pm

A concerned citizen posts a photo of some trash along the curb on Birch Street in Roslindale Square and grumps:

I miss Menino. He kept the streets clean in Roslindale Village.

One surmises that this concerned citizen hasn't met the other concerned citizen who complained how filthy Adams Park was in the waning days of the Menino regime.... Read more

By - 5/26/14 - 11:50 am

No, silly, Adams Park isn't a parklet, even if it is small. Wicked Local Roslindale reports a couple of parking spaces on Cohasset Street by Fornax will be turned into a "hangout space" where pedestrians can sit a spell and take a break - especially handy these days in the Square given that Adams Park is all torn up for renovations.

Speaking of torn-up... Read more

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