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Future site of Dorchester Community Food Co-op to host 'community hub'

Posted by Patrick Rosso  July 12, 2013 11:43 AM

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(Image courtesy The Sustainability Guild.


The once abandoned lot after it was transformed by the Sustainability Guild.


A vacant parcel on the corner of Bowdoin Street and Topliff Street in Dorchester that once sat long abandoned will come to life Saturday as a “community hub.”

The initiative, being led by the Sustainability Guild, which transforms blighted parcels in Roxbury and Dorchester, aims to bring activity to the lot at 191 Bowdoin St. with raised beds, public art, picnic tables, and community activities.

"Our communities flourish when we connect, learn, teach, play and share--and that's exactly what is growing now in Bowdoin-Geneva," said Jhana Senxian, director of the Sustainability Guild. "Neighbors and co-op members have worked tirelessly to create a vibrant, welcoming space, a hub for local innovation that brings people together while driving forward new social, environmental and economic development projects."

This, however, is not the first time the land has been cleaned up by the guild, but Saturday’s transformation is special because it will most likely be the last time neighbors will have to take care of the property.

The lot will soon be the new home of the Dorchester Community Co-op, an innovative food store that recently won rights to the property for its new store.

"A bold vision for food and community is essential to seeing the Co-op rise up out of the ground." said Joel Wool, a Food Co-op board member. "At the Bowdoin-Geneva Community Hub and around the neighborhood, we'll build that vision together and make it real. Come join us in launching this wonderful site and helping it to grow."

On Saturday organizers and supporters of the project, which includes the Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation, the Dream Collaborative, and the City’s Neighborhood Response Team will officially kick-off what is expected to be a flurry of summertime activities at the parcel.

The July 13 event is expected to run from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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