Created By: University of Massachusetts Boston
In 2010, UMass Boston purchased the 20-acre Bayside Expo Center for $18.7 million. For the next decade, it was primarily used as a student and employee parking lot for the University. In 2020, UMass Boston signed a 99-year lease with Accordia Partners to redevelop the site and pay UMass Boston up to $235 million in revenue. Dorchester Not For Sale and other local organizations have resisted the building of the new project on grounds of lack of affordable housing and the potential for the development to increase the already rapidly gentrifying nature of Dorchester.
How may the Dorchester Bay City Development impact the Columbia Point peninsula? Columbia Point community residents worked with the Boston Redevelopment Authority to create a mixed income housing development. How can we advocate for a more just Dorchester Bay City? What connections can be made between the past and the present?
To read more about the controversy surrounding Dorchester Bay City, read this article in the UMass Boston student newspaper: http://www.umassmedia.com/opinions/dorchester-bay-city-is-a-harmful-mistake/article_c1f2879a-9e4b-11ed-ae9a-b3146b556bcf.html
And another article from the Dorchester Reporter: https://www.dotnews.com/2022/activists-press-wu-pause-dorchester-bay-city-review
This point of interest is part of the tour: Columbia Point Walking Tour