Making way for the new

You could find Charlie Federico sitting on a stool eager to help repair your flat tire or tighten up the wheels of a vintage wicker baby stroller in front of his blue shop on Emerson Street.  During Trick or Treating on Broadway,  Mr. Federico would always gave out full size bags of chips. Back in 2019, the Army Veteran and small business owner passed away.  The bike shop has remained vacant for several years but news was announced via social media last week regarding what would replace it.  

See the Instagram post via Abacus Builders below:

Abacus Builders and EJO are proud and excited to announce that after a long zoning and civic process through multiple zoom meetings and hearings hindered by pandemic obstacles, we have finally gotten this run-down commercial space permitted to build 6 residential condos and a ground floor commercial space. Thanks to all our team members who made this happen.
We believe the design of this building should compliment this busy intersection of Emerson St and I St in South Boston. We had many versions of this building’s design and this seems to be the one most favorited by abutter and civic leadership. 

We’re wondering how long before Tom English’s is gone or before it gets a redo.

In other Southie development news, looks like something new – including a restaurant – is coming to L and Broadway. 





  1. tina October 31, 2022 at 9:07 pm - Reply

    southie has enough condos my goodness

  2. Tom K November 5, 2022 at 12:15 pm - Reply

    just wondering if they can legally put commercial space in the first floor and code calls for steel and they used wood and left it exposed to the elements.

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