The Mattapan Square Main Streets recently reached a major milestone after the group was declared a non-profit.
The designation by the Internal Revenue Service gives the group more flexibility when fund-raising and also allows supporters of the group to write off their contributions.
“This puts us in a place where we can continue to operate, and it legitimizes us,” said Nancy Rachel Rousseau, president of the group’s board. “We’re really starting to make progress. I’m excited.”
In November 2010, the city officially accepted Mattapan's application to become a recognized Main Streets District, allowing it to be part of a citywide program that works to revitalize commercial districts through a combination of technical, financial, and design support.
The group is $12,000 away from its $30,000 mark, according to Rousseau.
The group meets monthly at the MBTA Police Office at the Mattapan Square MBTA Station. The next meeting, which is open to the public, will be held Nov. 5 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.