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Friday, April 24, 2020


Washington Village Developer Offers Southie a Hard-to-Find Commodity

BOSTON – Core Investments, Inc., a Boston real estate development and investment company, is partnering with GrandTen Distilling to offer hand sanitizer free of charge to members of the South Boston community.

Hand sanitizer has become a hard-to-find necessity during the coronavirus crisis.

Starting today, Friday, April 24, 2020, two-ounce bottles of hand sanitizer distilled at GrandTen Distillery, known for its specialty hand-crafted spirits, will be offered – one to a customer, please, and with everyone maintaining safe social distance – at the company’s headquarters, at 383 Dorchester Ave. in South Boston.

The personal-size bottles of hand sanitizer will be available to area residents 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays until current supplies run out. The company has been located there, at property now owned by Core Investments, Inc., since 2012.

As part of its company “Core Cares” program Core Investments also will deliver bottles of hand sanitizer to local food banks and will provide the needed sanitizing liquid in gallon-bottle quantities to some local institutions, such as nursing homes.

“The social distancing and self-protection requirements to keep people safe in this crisis have presented lots of challenges, and one result has been a severe shortage of something we took for granted – simple hand sanitizer,” said David Pogorelc, Founder of Core Investment, Inc. “We want to continue to be good neighbors, and we decided we could help the community by making bottles of hand sanitizer available to as many people as possible.”

Core Investments, Inc. was founded by Pogorelc, who has been active in Boston real estate for 30 years.

Matt Nuernberger, Founder of GrandTen Distilling, said he quickly realized that the company had the ability to convert from liquors and spirits to much-needed hand sanitizer, and he moved quickly to buy the materials that were needed.

Sanitizer is made in part from ethanol. “We deal with it constantly,” Nuernberger said. “We only needed glycerine and hydrogen peroxide,” which at first were easier to get than they are now, he said. Getting approval from the Food and Drug Administration was relatively easy, he said, given the severity of the crisis and the shortage of a necessary commodity.

Some of the ingredients, as well as the small bottles themselves, have been in short supply lately because of the demand.

GrandTen produced its first batch of hand sanitizer about six weeks ago, on the last weekend when bars and restaurants were still open in the city. Four employees have remained at work during the shutdown to produce hand sanitizer. GrandTen has been giving out a two-ounce bottle of hand sanitizer with any purchase of spirits.

A former engineer with an MBA from Babson College with a passion for craft spirits, Nuernberger started GrandTen Distilling, the only distiller of spirits in Boston, in 2010. The company has eight employees and retails and wholesales four types of gin as well as rum, brandy, vodka, whisky and liquors.

Two years later GrandTen moved into its current space near Andrew Square, once the location of a historic industrial leader in South Boston and the City, Alger Ironworks. In the late 19th century the area around Andrew Square was known as Washington Village, named after President George Washington.

Core Investments, Inc. has concentrated on the transformative development of Washington Village, a million-square-foot mixed-use project on five acres in South Boston. With partner Samuels Associates, that project will get under way in early summer.

Core Investments is also currently planning On the Dot®, a future redevelopment of formerly industrial, underused land along the west side of Dorchester Avenue, an area that includes GrandTen’s headquarters. Core properties there house about 40 small to medium-sized tenants.

On the Dot®’s future is being planned with a vision consistent with existing residents’ 21st century needs and preferences, in collaboration both with the neighborhood and the City of Boston.

Core Investments, Inc. is a Boston-based real estate development and investment company specializing in acquiring and redeveloping urban mixed-use and commercial buildings. With millions of dollars of assets under management across the City of Boston – including 25-plus acres of prime urban land slated for 6-8 million square feet of future transit-oriented development on Boston’s largest transit line – 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. Core accomplishes this by improving neighborhoods through smart architectural design that creates meaningful placemaking and by incorporating history, context and community. This mission extends to its 40-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. For more information, please go to www.coreinvestments.com.

Tom Palmer,
Tom Palmer Communication

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