Vacant Savin Hill storefront changes hands, mixed-use development on the horizon


Dorchester Reporter | By Jennifer Smith
September 19, 2016

A long-vacant Savin Hill eyesore has a new owner and a new lease on life.

A Dorchester-based developer has purchased the old Savin Hill Variety building at 102-110 Savin Hill Ave. and is poised to turn it into a mixed-use project that he hopes will “help to fill a void.”

James Baker, who heads 102-110 Savin Hill Ave. LLC, purchased the property at the corner of Savin Hill Avenue and Sydney Street in late July from longtime owner Anthony Desmond. Baker said he will propose a mixed-use structure with some residential components and first-floor commercial space.

Local elected officials and community members have clamored for movement on the boarded-up brick building, which once housed Savin Hill Variety and has languished in disuse for years.

The building is ripe for a throwback to its former purpose, Baker said.

“We definitely want to do some kind of retail market for the community,” said Baker, who is the brother of District 3 councillor Frank Baker. “We’re not sure what that’s going to entail, but clearly there’s a need.”

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