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POST'GAZETT JUNE'8 201z Page EAST BOSTON'S Veterans' Memorial SARATOGA STREET (Photo by Sal Giarratani) $1.5M Renovation of the Former Welfare Building in East Boston The Renovated Maverick Square Building to Serve as New Incubator Space for Businesses and Affordable Rental Housing Mayor Thomas M. Menino, Department of Neighborhood Develop- ment Director Evelyn Friedman and devel- opers Melissa and John Tyler joined East Boston residents to mark the beginning of a 81.5 mil- lion renovation for the vacant former Wel- fare Building located at 154 Maverick Street in East Boston. The "Reno- vation Celebration" in- cluded a block party and tours of the building. "Today marks an important step in realizing the community's vision for this vacant building as we celebrate another step in the revitalization of Maverick Square, one of our City's vibrant retail districts," said Mayor Menino. "The rehabilitation of this once vacant building is an investment in the past -- and the future -- of this commu- nity. I want to thank Melissa and John Tyler for their vision and commitment to this important project." In late 2007, Boston's Department of Neighborhood Development (DNDi initiated a community process with neighborhood residents and local organizations to deter- mine a suitable redevelopment plan for the reuse of the vacant former welfare building, which had come into the City's property inventory after it was no longer needed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. DND subsequently issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) and in 2008, selected the proposal of Melissa and John Tyler to renovate the space into a mixed-use property with affordable retail space for new entrepreneurs on the first floor, affordable office space on the second floor and a unit of affordable rental housing and the Tyler's new residence on the third floor. The celebration marks the latest milestone for the Mav- erick Square area. In 2010, Mayor Menino celebrated the renovation for a formally vacant firehouse on Sumner Street into a new 9,000-square-foot music facility ZUMIX that benefitted from $4.6 million in renovations and boasts a performance stage, several soundproof rehearsal rooms, a recording studio and a radio station. The Tyler's plan to rehabilitate the 3-story brick building at 154 Maverick Street includes both exterior and interior restoration. The renovation of the property is expected to be complete by next year. After completion, the building will be home to two families and new businesses that can lease space at below market rates. The more than $1.5 million renovation of the 154 Maver- ick Street has been made possible in part, by contributions from the City of Boston, a loan from First Priority Credit Union and more than. $500,000 in owner equity. Mrs. Murphy... As I See It Frumpy Eliza- beth Warren, candidate for State Senator against the in- cumbent Scott Brown, says she is only accepting cam- paign contributions from good banks, not corrupt ones. War- ren whose campaign issues are based on exposing greedy banks and Wall Street, is taking money from the very people she has sworn to investigate. How can anyone believe a la Lizl ... The East Boston YMCA on Bremen Street is encouraging Eastie residents to get active by teaming up with city pro- grams to expand Eastie's Neighborhood Walk Program. The City of Boston through a grant is sponsoring a free walk program on Monday and Wednesday mornings. For more info call the Y ... The new Chelsea Street bridge whose architecture is brilliantly designed has en- hanced the area. The stun- ning bridge was worth the long wait for people using the bridge every day ... If you haven't heard already, Con- stitution Beach will be get- ting new tennis courts in the future. Rehabbing the old tennis courts, not only will enhance the beach, but is structured to get residents motivated into playing ten- nis, which is a great means of exercise ... Back in the news, the ever popular Rino's Place on Saratoga Street was recently visited by Guy Fieri, host of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. Italian Express on Sumner Street was the next stop on Fieri's list of filming. Fieri met with owners Jim Ianuzzi and donathon Harper to sample some of the res- taurant signature dishes ... he also made his way to Angela's Caf6. Not bad for Eastie! Three restaurants are now showcased on this popular show. Now that Foxboro residents have re- jected casino gambling, when will the decision be made as to when and where a casino will be built? Revere and East Boston are on the agenda, but no decisions have been made to date. Could mitiga- tion be holding up the con- struction? ... Boston City Councilor Sal LaMattina is fighting hard to find a solu- tion to get rid of some of the ugly satellite dishes hanging in front of multifamily dwell- ings that is making East Boston look dumpy. This has been a big issue for Eastie residents for quite some time! LaMattina is trying to work with satellite compa- nies to try and find a solu- tion by removing the dishes in front and putting them on roof tops. Eastie's appear- ance would change im- mensely, if the companies would comply. Satellite com- panies charge somewhere in the vicinity of $400.00 to remove a dish and I think that's outrageous ... If people did their homework befof voting for a candidate run- ning for office this country would be a better place to live ... Father's Day is celebrated on June 17 th. To all the wonderful hard working, loving fathers, HAVE A GOOD ONE! ... Till next time! East Boston Main Streets Presents Check to Mario Umana Academy East Boston Main Streets Treasurer Grace Magoon and Dean Jim Kearney East Boston Main Streets volunteers were on hand to present a check for $2,500 to the Mario Umana Acad- emy as a result of the 2012 Calendar sales. EBMS Trea- surer Grace Magoon along with board member Marika McKnight released the pro- ceeds from the 2012 EBMS calendar which was produced with the extraordinary help of volunteers Leigh Hall and Todd Antonellis. Dean of students Jim Kearney and teacher Julia Brasser accepted the funds on behalf of the Academy. The students at Mario Umana Academy have ex- celled due to the hard work of dedicated teachers and the leadership of Mr. Keamey. EBMS is proud to have helped raise funds for the I DIAMONDS 1 ROLEX ESTATE JEWELRY Bought & Sold Jewelers Exch. Bldg. Jim (617) 263-7766 students and have high expectations for their future education. 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