Update: The mural will be recreated, city says.
Greg Cook reports a crew today demolished the Roxbury Love/Nelson Mandela mural on Warren Street at Clifford Street.
The demolition is part of Cruz Development Corp.'s start of a project to put up a two-building, 99-unit apartment complex that will also include enough space for the company, now based in John Eliot Square, to move into.
The mural went up in 2014. Its fate was actually sealed in 2016, when the BPDA approved Cruz's plans for the Dr. Michael E. Haynes Arms, named after Roxbury state representative and minister, for land that had been occupied by a church and several vacant buildings.
The first building, which will replace the mural building, will have 55 apartments in a four-story building with office space for Cruz to move into and a two-level, 74-space garage. Once that's finished, Cruz will erect a five-story building with 44 apartments for senior citizens on the Waverly Street side of the property.