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Abutters Meeting: Notre Dame Education Center

To develop or not to develop.

In a blink of an eye, the Old Colony Avenue is rapidly transforming from old warehouses and factory buildings into residential developments complete with restaurants and retail.  The old South Boston is hardly recognizable.  Some residents think that this area of the neighborhood should be developed while others are strongly against it.

The large scale, much anticipated, Washington Village has leveled Crown Linens and a vacant block is ready to be developed.  Across the street – the old Stadium restaurant is turning into condos and now a developer has proposed replacing the Notre Dame Education Center located at 200 Old Colony Ave. with a six-story building complete with 55 residential units, 26 parking spots and 9,500 square ground-floor space for the education center.

An abutters meeting will be held on Saturday, April 21st at 12pm at the Washington Village office (240 Old Colony Ave.)  A doctored/altered abutters meeting notice complete with the official seal of the City of Boston is circulating on social media – in particular the Southie Community Bulletin Board (no surprise there).   This new altered flyer has all the original content of the memo generated by the City of Boston but added to it are fear-generating phrases like “Where are you going to park!!!”  “More congestion!”  “Snow Emergencies!”  “Moving Trucks!” and the classic “More Traffic!”   It also goes on to encourage residents to show up and oppose the development.  The original notice from the City of Boston  just encourages residents in the neighborhood to attend, learn more and make their own judgement.

Needless to say, we have a feeling that abutters meeting will be a doozy.  

What do you think?

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Maureen Dahill

Maureen Dahill is the editor of Caught in Southie and a lifelong resident of South Boston sometimes mistaken for a yuppie. Co-host of Caught Up, storyteller, lover of red wine and binge watching TV series. Mrs. Peter G. Follow her @MaureenCaught.


  1. Roger Glass says

    Amazing amazing amazing! As always, so fortunate to be able to watch the development of Southie firsthand!

    Good luck, guys!

    • Roger Glass says

      Na…that ship has sailed, Proleau.

      A majority of people moving to Southie now are making one car work and supplementing with Uber/Lyft. Parking SEEMS to be a huge issue because a few select people know how to make a really big stink about it.

      But the truth of the matter is, people who are moving to Southie now are doing so because most of their life takes place right there in Southie.

      • Not so New to the Hood says

        Agreed, Roger Glass. Parking has become the go-to argument for anyone against any development. The reality is the selfish individuals of this neighborhood just don’t want to hear construction or have any inconvenience at all and will throw the parking gripe whenever push comes to shove. All at the expense of the general public.

        Meanwhile….the religious group behind the gate of heaven school is doing everything in their power to get a parking lot up and running and people will not stop getting in the way…just a few more years of gentrification and boomer deaths and I think we’ll get there.

        • Roger Glass says

          Ain’t that the truth! All of it…every single thing you just said!! Thank you

        • Guppy (geezer urban post-professional) says

          “just a few more years of gentrification and boomer deaths and I think we’ll get there.”
          HAHAHA. That absolutely sums it up. Right on bro!

          Hey wait…I’M a boomer.
          Oh well, anything for the cause.

      • Eleanor says

        That is the biggest load of Bull**** I’ve ever heard… Keep saying it –it makes it truer each time you post it.

  2. Mike says

    Love it, can’t wait for the restaurants and local revenue the future residents will bring. Who wants dilapidated buildings in their neighborhood. Out with the old in with the new. Hop on board, this train is full speed ahead. Yeeehaw

    • Roger Glass says

      Scream it from the top of the mountains, Mike! It seems like we are finally starting to get some consensus here!

      Full steam ahead!

  3. SBHS class of 1969 says

    55 units of housing on 6 stories..they will jam 2 bedrooms and 2 baths into 1000 square you know why you NEVER see ANY children (over the age of 7) in a neighborhood that once was full of children…A SJAME driven by PURE UNENDRATED GREED!

    • Not so New to the Hood says

      Lack of trust and faith in BPS is why you never see any children over the age of 7, not the size of dwellings.

      You and your cronies really need some sense knocked into you.

    • Guppy (geezer urban post-professional) says

      UNENDRATED – Act of a film critic reviewing the first half of a movie.

  4. Works Evenings- the parking struggle is real says

    Please please email John Allison, these developments are a major problem for our community. For several reasons, but parking has to be the leading issue. This development, in theory, could add 100+ cars to the area, and there is simply not enough proposed parking for this consideration.

    This community is looking for solutions to our problems, and any project that can offer those will be happily supported.

    To everyone claiming parking is not truly an issue, I can tell you it 100% is. I work nights and regularly have to drive around for 30+ minutes to find a parking spot.

    This is not indicative of a false problem, this is reality. I certainly can attest that it has gotten worse in the 9 years i’ve been living here.

    • Not so New to the Hood says

      It certainly has gotten worse, but considering your work situation, you would think you would try to live in place that has at least 1 deeded parking spot or rent out a private space somewhere close to where you live. You’re making a unique, individual case. Both of my roomates whom park on the street have no problems finding spots in decent proximity so long as there back by 7pm.

      Applying your unique situation to lobby to stop an entire development (and if you oppose this one then you obviously oppose the andrew square one) is ludicrous and lazy. If you live in the city and have to drive to work and then have trouble parking, youre just making poor living decisions.

      • Eleanor says

        You’re an idiot……this isn’t a unique issue for 1 person. Ludicrous and Lazy ? Really…..seems like you stay home all day and post on this site….(that’s a poor living decision)

  5. SBHS class of 1969 says

    I agree about the BPS…good point! However, when was the last time you saw a development that was ” family friendly” ..?

    • Not so New to the Hood says

      The development styles follow the demographics, not the other way around. They are not designed for families because families don’t exist for the most part and continue to dwindle.

      You live in Southie, get Married, have a kid, have another kid, then the older one has to go to public school and you move to the burbs. That is the new Southie cycle of life, get used to it.

  6. Eleanor says

    Hey Roger Glass are you the developer for this project….I’m kinda thinking you might be?