Thursday, December 13, 2012

Restaurant, Cafe, Produce Market Planned for Former Roslindale Substation

A power substation in a Boston neighborhood that has been out of use for several decades is coming back to life, and it may include a couple of dining spots and a market.

The Boston Globe is reporting that the former substation, which is located at the southern edge of Roslindale Square, is going to be redeveloped into a mixed-use complex, with plans for approximately 40 apartments built in the adjacent lot and the substation itself having a restaurant, cafe, and produce market. The article states that developers are hoping to have a community meeting in January to talk about specific plans for the space. The substation, which was built in 1911, had been used for powering a network of trolley cars, according to the Globe.

It looks like construction on the project could begin in the fall of 2013, depending on necessary approvals by the city of Boston.

[March 31, 2014 update: More than a year after first learning about the substation project, we now hear (via The West Roxbury Transcript) that Chris Douglass of the Ashmont Grill and Tavolo in Dorchester will likely be behind the opening of a restaurant at the historic structure in Roslindale. More details will probably be coming soon, so stay tuned for additional updates.]

Thanks to Eater Boston for bringing this to our attention.