Boston Neighborhoods to See Rail-Related Upgrades

New stations for the Fairmount rail line in Boston has made its surrounding neighborhoods targets for redevelopment by community organizations, which may rebuild up to a dozen properties.
March 26, 2009, 7am PDT | Judy Chang
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"The Fairmount improvements could be particularly crucial in the neighborhoods along the line, which include some of the city's poorest.

'We are looking for the benefits of economic development near the stations,' said Marvin Martin, executive director of the Greater Four Corners Action Coalition. 'History has shown that transit coming in has always been a catalyst to economic development.'

The development proposed for the Four Corners neighborhood involves replacing an old industrial building with 24 cooperative apartments above first-floor shops. The developer, the Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation, also wants to build apartments with a retail presence on the site of an old garage on Talbot Avenue. Both would be short walks to the new stations."

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Published on Tuesday, March 24, 2009 in The Boston Globe
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