SMAMS won Boston Main Streets designation in the summer of 1999. We are a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) corporation that brings together local businesses, residents, neighborhood organizations and corporate sponsors to revitalize the St. Marks Area business district and strengthen the entire community. The commercial district includes more than 100 businesses in almost 400,000 square feet of commercial and institutional space, and serves more than 30,000 residents, workers and commuters.
- Serve the needs of the area’s residents, businesses, commuters and visitors
- Raise the profile of the commercial district(e.g. banners, kiosks, etc.)
- Increase merchant participation in the Main Street organization, including established businesses and the expanding Vietnamese business community
- Provide merchants with technical assistance and with financial and design assistance for storefront renovations
- Recruit appropriate businesses to fill vacant storefronts
- Play a leading role in large-scale development projects
- Participating in renovation of Ashmont MBTA station, focusing on station design and development of new commercial space
- Participating in design and construction of the Carruth Building, a Transit-Oriented Development at Ashmont Station featuring affordable and market rate housing plus prime commercial space
- Leading the community process resulting in the redesign of the Peabody Square intersection, featuring new roadway layout, additional green space, and a passive stormwater filtration system
- Developing strong relationships with corporate sponsors Trinity Financial, Carney Hospital, CWC Builders, and Vargas & Vargas Insurance.
- Conducting a comprehensive study of the neighborhood economy.
- Leveraging over $400,000 worth of storefront improvements with a $50,000 investment
- Participating in renovation of the historic Peabody Square Clock
- Sponsoring a visit by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to tell local merchants about services the SBA can offer. Included a visit, with translator, to all Vietnamese-owned businesses in district
- Publishing The SMAMS Connection e-newsletter
- Participating in redevelopment of “The Banton Street Lot,” a large vacant lot in the heart of the district
- Holding promotional events to publicize the district and it’s businesses: Dorchester Day cookouts; Dot Ave Scavenger Hunts; “Deck the Windows” window decorating celebration; “Look at Those People!” and “Art on the Avenue” sculpture exhibits; “Boston Unwrapped” holiday party and stroll accompanied by distribution of business directories and coupons for local merchants.
Board of Directors
Tim Deihl, President (The Residential Collaborative)
Thomas Carroll, Vice President
Jim Buckley, Clerk
Jack Pelletier, Treasurer
Kevin Bronski (Metalsmiths, Inc.)
Christopher Douglass (Ashmont Grill, Tavolo Ristorante)
Philippe Saad (Back To Life Chiropractic & Wellness)
Jack Cunningham, Chair
The Organization Committee promotes our Main Street program by outreach to other neighborhood groups, recruiting new members to the program, and publicizing the program in the media. The Committee also works to bridge the gap between City and corporate funding and our total expenses. We sponsor several fundraising events throughout the year as well as writing grant applications.
Thomas Carroll & Steve Wilkins, Co- Chairs
The Promotion Committee promotes our local businesses and the district as a good place to shop and do business. We do this by publishing a business directory, publicizing the neighborhood, and producing community events such as the Dorchester Avenue Scavenger Hunt.
Kevin Bronski, Jeffrey Gonyeau and Christopher Stanley, Co-Chairs
The Design Committee works to create a cleaner, more attractive and pedestrian-friendly business district with a cohesive physical appearance. This includes storefront renovations, signage replacement, new decorative streetlights, an anti-litter campaign, a public art project, and a design study to plan infrastructure improvements. The Committee also works to promote positive development in the district. This includes leading community input on major development projects such as the Ashmont Station renovations and the Trinity Financial Transit-Oriented Development project at the station; working with the City on a design study for infrastructure improvements; working with the Boston Redevelopment Authority on the Dorchester Avenue Project; and originating and co-sponsoring a youth charrette as part of the Avenue Project.
Economic Restructuring Committee
Julie Simmons & Tim Deihl, C0-Chairs
The Economic Restructuring Committee promotes and steers economic development in the SMAMS business district consistent with stated community goals. We accomplish this by: Recruiting businesses that show market potential; Facilitating meetings between prospective businesses and building owners; Referring owners and tenants to sources of financial and technical assistance; and Building relationships with property and business owners.
The New England Council
Mass. Affordable Housing Alliance
Rev. Egobudike E. Ezedi, Jr.
Morning Star Baptist Church
Hon. Maureen Feeney
Boston City Clerk
Rev. John Finley
Rev. Dan Finn
Saint Mark Church
Donna Latson Gittens
University of Massachusetts Boston
UMass Medical School
James W. Hunt, III
Olde Towne Real Estate
Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester
Dorchester Historical Society
Hon. Charles C. Yancey
Boston City Councilor