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Developer wants to turn old Globe plant into hi-tech/robotics lab space

The Dorchester Reporter has the scoop on Nordblom Co.'s plans for the old Globe plant on Morrissey Boulevard in Dorchester.

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Smart move. More jobs, near the highway and a T station (Both branches of the Red Line and 3 commuter rail lines).

More importantly it looks like they have the ear and seemingly tacit consent of one the most powerful neighborhood groups in the city.

Nordblom probably also realizes that Beacon might have the easier time of doing residential on the Sandanter site that goes from BC High up to Bayside than the Globe site.

Win win for Dot.

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"More importantly it looks like they have the ear and seemingly tacit consent of one the most powerful neighborhood groups in the city."

Well, that'd be disappointing, since the Columbia Point Master Plan called for lots and lots of housing there.

This plan sounds cheap and lazy.

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Yup, those are a dime a dozen aren't they? Despite whatever master plan you are citing (wish list to Santa), this is private land and will not be turned into what you want it to be. Life isn't fair, right?

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"This is private land and will not be turned into what you want." ... Then why do the neighborhood groups have any say/voice at all? Just so they can extort some money from the developer?

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They seem to think cutting edge jobs is a great idea for the area (the fools!). Also, it should be noted that this proposal is the re-use of the Existing building. You have absolutely zero leverage to demand mitigation, as you would if they wanted to break ground and build this now. Again, life is unfair.

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They always have all "their little community meetings" and tell you the neighborhood has input...yeah good luck with that - the plans are probably already filed with the city for whatever is going to be the most $$ maker for all involved...

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Wouldn't this site make for a great location for a new BPS high school or move BLA into it? Create greater competition against BLS so parents don't running for the burbs?

Massive facility with easy access to train and bus lines from at least five neighborhoods. Close to UMass Boston to partner for advanced classes. Close to Moakley field for athletics. Plenty of parking for teachers and students. I'm sure there would be great space inside that can be easily re-purposed for modern vocational classes like IT and software development. The city sells off a couple of old buildings and makes money. And John Henry creates a legacy of education and commitment to the city other than buying Lansdowne St.

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There already is a high school on that block, albeit across the street. Directly across the street.

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Because the high school that is across the street is a private high school for boys. And I am willing to bet that at least 50% of those students are not from Boston. Not exactly a BPS school that serves both boys AND girls that LIVE in Boston. Soooo, what are you saying?

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I mean, you can take it that it is validation that the spot is good for the use you suggest, but of course I had to point out that the very thing you want (a high school) was built in the 1950s, and yes by a private concern and for boys only. Of course, if our discriminatory state constitution were changed, the City could pay for kids to attend said school.

That said, the land is valuable, so I don't see the City stepping in to but the land. Besides, the location is not as central as one might think. It's good if you live in Dorchester, and at that the eastern side of Dorchester (which I believe was at one time called "South Dorchester.") If you wanted to start from scratch, putting in a requirement with the redevelopment of Widett Circle would be a better choice. Or just investing more in the Humphrey Vocational site (current Madison Park/O'Bryant.) Much more centrally location. Much better access to postsecondary options ranging from BFIT to Northeastern.

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Would be an interesting location. I do think that JFK is pretty accessible for all of Dorchester, Mattapan, South Boston, South End, Chinatown and even Charlestown kids via train and a slew of bus routes, mainly the 5,8, 16,41. It is only one train change as opposed to kids who live in Charlestown and travel to BLA or Dot High now and go train to train to bus.

The land is incredibly valuable, very true. I just think that if John Henry wanted to leave a true mark on the actual city of Boston this would be the PR win of the century. Carnegie built libraries, Rockefeller built universities, Henry Rogers built Fairhaven's Town Hall, library, high school, UU church and Fort Phoenix. What can John Henry do?

I'm not sure what can be done about Madison. It has a tremendous amount of potential but seems to be the lowest priority for BPS even with the Mayor being a "trades guy".

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You demonstrate how poorly that Catholic school education taught you the most fundamental things about our system of governance.

Constitutions aren't texts to be chanted. Keeping church and state separate is a fundamental foundation of our republic.

Want your kid to get a poor education in civics with victimization coimplex like you did. PAY FOR IT YOURSELF. I want my money going to education, not superstition.

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Just giving a possible scenario for abostonparent.

Hey, would you happen to know what the 18th Amendment to the Massachusetts Constitution says? Do you know why it was added to the Massachusetts Constitution in the 1850s? Do you know who was moving into Massachusetts in the 1850s?

Anyhow, thanks for keeping a 160 year long tradition of anti-Catholicism alive.

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Telling you to pay for your own religious indoctrination is "anti-Catholic"????

Uh, no. Just no.

What is it with this dominant white religious persecution complex? This whole "we want your money for our church and we want to control your personal body and life or you are persecuting me" nonsense needs to end. Like now.

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Saying that parents should pay for religious education was probably the least anti-Catholic thing you wrote.

I mean, you could have gone with the whole "why should the government pay a private entity to educate students" but you made it about religion. And then you went all

"we want your money for our church and we want to control your personal body and life or you are persecuting me" nonsense

So yeah, one of us has a hang-up, and I don't think it is me.

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Maybe my sample is biased, but most the teenagers I meet living in Boston don't even have cars, let alone drive to school every day Midwest-Style. Combination of high costs, parent concern, and the super strict teen driving laws. Lots of them don't see the point until they're 18.

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I agree, there is a limited amount of teenagers that drive. But as more and more parents raise their kids here who may be from "Midwest style" lifestyles it could become more of a thing. Especially if BPS wants to retain parents who want high-achieving high schools based on the competition in the surrounding suburbs. Never mind the local folks who currently obsess over parking in general. It's not a deciding factor or anything, just something to be noted.

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Globies and others of their ink ilk might suggest that some part of this new development be named after a Taylor -- you know, as in the founding family of the newspaper.

Well, why not name it after Jeff Taylor, whose exhortations for moving lots of Globe advertising to an online model were ignored by those other Taylors? (And the rest is history...)

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That's a new one on me. I always have chosen different body parts to describe it.

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Just head out to the Braintree!

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