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Director of St. Mark’s Area Main Street to leave after 13-years

Posted by Patrick Rosso  March 29, 2013 01:06 PM

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After 13-years, Dan Larner will leave his post as executive director of the St. Mark’s Area Main Street.

With more than a decade of Dorchester Avenue knowledge, Larner, in a brief conversation with Boston.com, said he looks to branch out in his career.

“It’s a fantastic organization, but I’ve been here 13-years and everyone likes to move on after a while,” he said.

The St. Mark's Area Main Street is part of a citywide network of Main Street programs that strive to revitalize commercial districts through a combination of technical, financial, and design support. The 20 programs are overseen and partially funded through the city's Boston Main Streets.

In his wake Larner will leave a section of Dorchester, from Ashmont Station to the St. Mark’s Church, that has changed and is still transforming.

From a vibrant farmer’s market, remodeled MBTA station, and recovering business community, Larner dedicated much of his time to the area.

“We’ll be sad to see him go, he’s done so much for this community,” said Tim Deihl, president of the organization’s Board of Directors. “His loyalty and dedication to the program and community is unmatched.”

Larner, who started at the organization shortly after it was formed in 1999, will officially end his tenure June 30.

The group is just in the very early stages of searching for a replacement, said Deihl.

“They’ll have big shoes to fill,” he added.

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