Mattapan Square Main Streets welcomes its first executive director, looks to fill vacant board seats
At a packed board meeting for the Mattapan Square Main Streets Monday night, the business development group welcomed its new executive director Tina Petigny.
Formerly of the non-profit Youth Build Boston and the Boston Redevelopment Authority, Petigny, a Hyde Park resident with over 12 years of non-profit experience, said she’s excited to get down to the business of supporting the square.
“I hope to learn more about the vision residents and businesses have for Mattapan Square,” Petigny told members Monday.
Formed in 2010, the Mattapan Square Main Streets is part of a citywide program that works to revitalize commercial districts through a combination of technical, financial, and design support. It is the city’s 20th Main Streets District.
The new director, in addition to providing support for the group, will also provide the community with a paid full-time person dedicated to promoting and supporting area businesses and the group’s mission.
Petigny’s installment is an important milestone as the group works to tackle the challenges of doing business in Mattapan Square. But while Monday was an exciting day for the all-volunteer board, board members, especially those from the business community, are needed.
“We’re still looking for more board members,” said Brian McPherson, vice president of the board. “When the board first started it was mainly residents. Main Streets is a group for the businesses and we want to promote and give them a voice too.”
Those interested in getting involved or nominating a board member can find more information here.
The group also voted Monday to oppose a petition to change the zoning of a business at 522-530 River St. from a beauty supply store to a pawn shop. Many said a pawn shop “doesn’t fit” with what the group is trying to do with the square.
The owner of the property is expected to go before the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals April 9.