Eastern Avenue project brings Lt. Governor Murray to Chelsea

Chelsea residents have 500,000 reasons to give the governor a vote on Election Day.

That’s how much money the Patrick Administration gave to Chelsea to aid in making happen a stunning project on Eastern Avenue that is turning one of the city’s worst half-blocks into a $20 million success story.

When all is said and done at the end of the summer of 2011, 120 apartment units and commercial space for five retail locations will have been brought to life on a slice of land once occupied with a decrepit wooden factory building that had been condemned.

Without the state money from the Patrick Administration, this development would not have happened.

“The governor and I both believe that partnerships are the only way you get business done,” said Lt. Governor Tim Murray.

Murray was the keynote speaker at the early morning ceremony on the site officially noting the project.

The Secretary of transportation Jim Mullins also attended.

City Manager Jay Ash, Representative Gene O’Flaherty, City Council President Leo Robinson and a number of his colleagues in city government attended as well as members of the School Department and the Chamber of Commerce. So too did the developers and bankers who aided in making this project a reality.

The East Boston Savings Bank contributed $15.5 million in financing.

“At one time, the factory on this site was located in such a way that residents could walk from their homes to the factory,” said City Manager Ash. “A factory would never be allowed on this site today as it is across the street from the elementary school and too close to a residential area. This project is our effort at resolving residential development conflicts,” he added.

The mixture of housing and retail will create jobs without contributing to the pollution of the local environment.

Dave Graney, the hard working leader for Synergy Investment and Development, told those assembled under a small tent on the property that the project, known as One Webster, was a difficult one but well worth it.

Lt. Governor Murray agreed.

“Construction people have been put to work. Jobs have been created and permanent jobs will be created for the new businesses that will locate here. This is exactly what we’re trying to do all over the state and I believe the governor has been quite successful at it.”

5 comments for “Eastern Avenue project brings Lt. Governor Murray to Chelsea

  1. Anonymous
    October 29, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    The first paragraph says it all.

    A quid pro quo. Deval Patrick allocates taxpayer money to Chelsea for the worst roads in the state and now we owe Deval Patrick our vote.

    It’s clear that the Mob and corrupton still reigns in Chelsea.

    If only the Mob, the politicians in this state and City Manager Jay Ash could wrap their arms around the produce market/Beacham Street disaster, there may be a reason for celebration.

    Otherwise, it’s just corrupton and quid pro quo politics as usual in The Ghetto, Chelsea, Massachusetts.

  2. Anonymous
    October 30, 2010 at 1:45 am

    First let me say that Jay has done a remarkable job managing the city of Chelsea, it is good to see that their are beautification projects and improvements going on. My only problem is that most of these new develops are targeted for low income housing.

    Chelsea has a serious problem with low income residents residing in most parts of the city. When is Chelsea going to stop attracting the other cities low income residents?

    The number one rule in real estate and business is location, location, location. Chelsea has the incredible potential to be a first class city. Its 2 miles from downtown Boston, airport, and major highways, but until the city turns the corner and stops attracting low income residents and the garbage citizens of other neighborhoods, it will continue to be viewed as a ghetto. Sad that people outside of Chelsea view the city in this fashion when Chelsea is a precious stone that needs polishing.

    Sorry to say but what Chelsea needs is higher rents, limited number of low income units and more developments targeted toward working professionals and middle class working families. There are tons professionals and moderate income residents who would love to live 2 miles from Boston at reasonable rental rates, but they are not going to move to Chelsea until the low riders, blasting loud music at 2 am are gone, until landlords stop renting to illegal immigrants with 10 in an apartment and until the drug addicts and prostitutes are gone.

    I’m not saying that all low income people are such citizens, but the fact of the matter is that low income communities attract such citizens. The majority of families living in Chelsea are very good people, immigrant, low income or not, but the city’s is attracting way too much poverty.

  3. Anonymous
    November 9, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    @ DRO007, As a former Chelsea resident, i would like to say that , i would not move to Chelsea if i wanted to. i couldn’t move back to Chelsea if i needed to because the rent is too high!! All these Holier than Thou residents in Chelsea that want to increase rent in order to push “low income” families out town, are already putting your plan into action. only it’s not going to work because Chelsea will never change.

  4. Anonymous
    November 9, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    I agree with you. TONIGHT there is a Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting at City Hall to discuss a planned development for 238 residential units (phase 1) and 242 units (phase 2) along Sixth Street, Heard Street, Carter, Blossom and Maple Streets. I’m pretty sure this is for Low Income Housing and will be right in my backyard. I have lots of questions and hope they are willing to give answers. I am a working professional and also a single mother and busted my butt just to find a condo I could purchase (and afford) for me and my son in an area that I thought was relatively okay at the time and still close enough to my mother. If these 500 units are built I worry what the area will be like during his teen years.

  5. Anonymous
    November 12, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    Unfortunately I can not make it to the meeting. I’ve known about this project for a couple of years now. As I understand a certain portion are targetted to low income section 8. The remaining are market rent. If this development goes up, Im hoping it will be like the corcoran development next to Home depot. Those types of communities make sense since it does attract working professionals and not residents who take advantage of the system.

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