The Hyde Square Task Force will be selling the Blessed Sacrament Church property after two years of being unable to find a partner to redevelop it into a community center. The Hyde Square Task Force (HSTF) purchased the property in 2014, and has been carrying $500,000 in debt, and expenses for the building cost more than $100,000 annually, according to a press release. In 2014, HSTF provided a tour of some of the closed-to-the-public areas of the church. "Dedicating our resources, solely, to meet the needs of our youth is the only way we can fulfill our core mission and that is why the HSTF Board of Directors voted to sell the former Blessed Sacrament Church,” said HSTF Executive Director Celina Miranda. The original plan was for a performing arts center with space for community events, but a 2019 request for proposal seeking investors failed to generate interest.
A beautiful mural honoring George Floyd has been painted in Hyde Square. For Core Cannabis, which will be co-locating a Social Justice Cannabis Museum at the same site, it made sense to demonstrate support of recent protests and current events. The mural was painted by Alexander Golob, outside of the Core Cannabis marijuana dispensary, which funded the painting. "As a woman and minority owned business, we fell in love with the sentiment of the call to unite mothers against injustice," said Tomas Gonzalez, Chief Operating Officer of Core Cannabis. "Alex took that passion and created this moving design.
Samantha Fields' public art project, desires not even our own, has numerous changing facets during a period of weeks that peels back the curtain of a clothing factory, laborers and the fashion industry. Located at 405 Centre St., the 1.5-month long project (Oct. 16 to Dec. 1), will consist of a performance in the store front for the first three weeks, followed by a "store" and a "closing sale"
"The performer will first be folding one ton of used clothing then proceeding to disassemble each part of clothing to its smallest parts with a seam ripper," said Fields. Each item will be pressed, tagged and shelved and be available to the public to take after the store's Nov.
The Hyde Jackson Jackson Square Main Street organization has changed its name and is now Three Squares Main Street JP. "Rebranding to Three Squares Main Street JP clearly positions our organization to advance the Main Street model in the three squares of our business district in Jackson Square, Hyde Square, and Canary Square," said Gerald Robbins, executive director of the organization. "Our role is unique and critically important to the business district and we want to stand apart as such." The district's geography is not changing, as it encompasses Centre Street from Jackson Square to Canary Square, with Hyde Square in between Jackson and Canary squares. Three Squares Main Street JP was formed in 1998, and is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
Businesses are being asked to offer their opinions on what they'd want to see if Centre/South Street were redesigned. The Boston Cyclists Union and JP Centre/South Main Streets are conducting a survey of businesses in the district, and will be sharing the survey's results with the Boston Transportation Department. The city's plans for the Centre/South redesign are on hold, but are expected to restart soon, according to the JPCSMS newsletter. It is part of the already completed redesign of Jackson Square and Hyde Square. The city has allocated more than $700,000 for the design alone, which would go from Hyde Square down Centre and South streets to the Arborway, said Ginger Brown, director of JPCSMS.
The survey asks business owners to rank seven options on what they feel is most important in a redesign: increased pedestrian/sidewalk space; improved bike infrastructure and bike parking; improved bus service; improved streetscape (like benches, lighting, greenery, public art); better signage for the business district; and increased parking for cars.