March 3, 2012, The Official Groundbreaking Ceremony for The New Dudley Municipal Center. (Boston.com)
Mayor Menino and officials from the city of Boston broke ground on a $115 million office and retail complex in the heart of Dudley Square at the corner of Washington and Vernon Streets. The center is scheduled to open in the fall of 2014 and will bring over 500 city employees to Dudley on a daily basis with the majority coming from the Boston Public School Department.
January 30, 2012, The Project Review Committee for the development of Parcels 9 & 10, located at the corner of Melnea Cass Boulevard and Washington Street unanimously recommended Melnea Hotel and Residences for Parcel 9 and Madison Tropical for Parcel 10.
“On Jan. 30, the 12-member committee voted unanimously to recommend “Melnea Hotel and Residences” for Parcel 9. The plan by Urbanica Design + Development features a 150—162-unit hotel with a modern design, a jazz club and 52 apartments. The ground floor will have commercial uses such as a fitness center and a function hall for conferences, weddings or arts events.For Parcel 10, another unanimous decision went to “Madison/Tropical.” Madison Park Development Corporation and Tropical Foods International plan a new, larger Tropical Foods store as well as 66 apartments in a new 5-story building and a 4-story renovation of the old Tropical Foods building. Apartment building ground floors will have retail space; one will also hold upper-floor offices.” (more at The Bay State Banner).
January 17, 2012, In Mayor Menino’s State of the City address, he announces plans to transform Madison Park High School (75 Malcolm X Blvd) into a top-notch center for career readiness and workforce development, not just for high school students but for all Bostonians.
“I am delighted to announce our first two partners: Renowned Chefs Barbara Lynch, who herself attended Madison Park, and Gordon Hamersley. They will provide instruction and guidance to Madison Park’s culinary program and open up their restaurants for internships and apprenticeships…The partnerships, facilities, and training we develop together can also be deployed at night for our neighbors. So we will also turn Madison Park into a better center of job training for unemployed and underemployed Bostonians.”(full text of the speech at Boston.com)
“Housed in a six-story 78,900-square foot building that took $37 million and the past 16 months to complete, Whittier Street Health Center’s new facility sits near Roxbury Crossing – a short ways down and across Tremont Street from where it operated for the past 22 years in a 33,000 square-foot building located in Renaissance Park and owned by Northeastern University.” (Boston.com)
December 10, 2011, Mayor Menino launched the new BCYF Recreation Center at Madison Park as the headquarters for BCYF (Boston Centers for Youth and Families) at 55 Malcolm X Boulevard.
BCYF’s new Recreation Center at Madison Park is a re-purposed facility that will allow BCYF’s Recreation Division to expand and enhance its current program offerings as well as to develop new initiatives to improve the quality and accessibility of recreation, sports and fitness programs citywide in community centers and in the neighborhoods. “The Boston Centers for Youth & Families recently celebrated the conversion of the Madison Park Community Center in Roxbury into a citywide recreation hub, shifting the center’s focus from the neighborhood to the larger Boston community.” (Boston.com)
November 29, 2011, officials from the BRA announced the decision to proceed with the taking by eminent domain of the Curtis and Waterman buildings at 2304 and 2326 Washington Street. (more here and here ).