Collected questions and answers from our ongoing community process.

︎ What is On the Dot?

On the Dot is a vision. One consistent with residents’ 21st century needs and preferences. A Place with a Purpose. It includes 25-plus acres of urban land slated for 6-8 million square feet of future transit-oriented development on Boston’s largest transit line, the MBTA’s Red Line. There is exciting promise and opportunity in this Dorchester Avenue corridor. The team at Core Investments is listening to hear what the neighborhood wants. Contemplating what is possible On the Dot. The Core team is doing this hand in hand with the neighborhood and the City of Boston. It is envisioned as a Community, not a Commodity. The community will be kept informed and in the conversation, participants in planning and shaping a future for all.

︎ What is Washington Village?

Washington Village is new six-block neighborhood with 98,600 square feet of retail, 746 new residential units, and a 1.5 acre central Green. The five-acre site outside Andrew Square, at the apex of Old Colony Avenue and Dorchester Street, until recently consisted of underutilized warehouse and industrial space, and it abuts a vibrant residential neighborhood. Incorporating feedback from meetings with the Andrew Square Civic Association and other abutters, the redevelopment will create apartments and condos for middle income renters and first-time home buyers, ground floor retail space that will include cafes, restaurants and small retail shops, and parking for 663 cars on site. It will feature a public plaza and green, interconnected with almost a mile of new sidewalks and 130 new trees – culminating in a new gathering space for residents of Andrew Square in South Boston.

︎ What’s the history of
the neighborhood?

The land in and around the triangle of today’s Dorchester Avenue, Old Colony Avenue, and Dorchester Street has a rich and varied history. It was largely overlooked for much of the time since Europeans began to colonize the area in the early 1600s, a place to pass through from one destination to another -- first for pasturing cows, for a brief time for George Washington’s army, then for all modes of transportation from horses and streetcars to highways. Native Americans had used the area only occasionally, visiting in the warmer months to fish its waters and dig for shellfish.

Those who put down roots in the neighborhood viewed it as Boston’s -- eventually, America’s -- workshop. The area’s factories and foundries became a major center of the new republic’s manufacturing business. It produced the ammunition and weapons the federal government relied upon for much of the 19th century. The railroad yards fueled a booming business in locomotive production, and the neighborhood’s factories responded with the engines that pulled the first train cars across the continent.

Slowly, a residential neighborhood also developed, initially to host the immigrants and laborers. Near today’s Andrew Square, a small cluster of households grew in an area called Little Neck, reaching a population of 1,300 by the middle of the nineteenth century. Residents renamed their area Washington Village in honor of George Washington’s surprise occupation of Dorchester Heights, which forced the British army to evacuate Boston. In 1855, Washington Village broke away from Dorchester and became part of the city of Boston.

By 1870, the area was officially renamed Andrew Square, after the late Civil War governor of Massachusetts, John A. Andrew, though references to “Washington Village” can be found in newspapers and on maps into the 1920s. The area became less residential as transportation expansion claimed homes.

The large foundries and factories of the nineteenth century gave way to smaller enterprises in the twentieth -- glass shops, construction services, printers, and other industries that helped keep the Boston economy working. This century, the city’s population surged as newer industries brought jobs and residents back to the city. Once again, the neighborhood’s proximity to the city and easy access to existing transportation options has attracted interest and resulted in growth.

︎ What is Core Investments, Inc.?

Core Investments is a Boston Real Estate Development and Investment company specializing in acquiring and redeveloping urban mixed-use and commercial buildings. With multi-million-dollar assets under management across the City of Boston, Core is positioned to continue adding value to existing neighborhoods as well as developing new ones.

Core is committed to creating communities, improving the quality of life for both residents and commercial tenants. We accomplish this by improving neighborhoods through smart architectural design that creates meaningful placemaking; incorporating history, context and community.

This mission extends to its 50-plus commercial tenants and various residential tenants where Core continually creates safe, welcoming, and lively environments through the strategic planning of local services, meeting spaces, outdoor parks, retail and housing.


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