(Patrick D. Rosso/Boston.com/2012)
A new business will fill the vacant storefront at 655 Tremont St. and, to the relief of some in the neighborhood, it’s not a Dunkin’ Donuts.
Claire Carino, the director of Gold Gallery, confirmed Wednesday that her company has signed a lease with the owner of the property and plans to open an art gallery in the storefront.
Owned by Adam Gold, a South End resident, Carino said the Gold Gallery will feature both local and international talent. She said the mix will fit well in the neighborhood.
“The South End is this evolving community that really supports its small business and artists,” said Carino. “Even just as we are meeting with contractors, people have been coming by and expressing enthusiasm for the new store.”
Cairno said the store plans to open March 1 and should be open five days a week with a 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. closing time. Along with sprucing up the storefront, Carino said the group plans to make minimal alterations to the inside of the structure.
The space on Tremont Street has had colorful history. The spot was once home to a modern furniture store. In October, Clayton Turnbull proposed filling the vacant space with a Dunkin’ Donuts which was met with screams of protest by community members. After Turnbull withdrew his proposal in December the storefront sat vacant until the recent signing of the lease by Gold.