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Structural steel erection and concrete work is 
well underway on the Registry Building at 
Ruggles Center, and construction of the nine- 
story building is on schedule for an opening in 
January 1994. 

Steel erection was completed in early 
March, and the last floor of concrete will be 
poured by the beginning of April. "We are 
excited about the erection of steel. The build- 
ing is on schedule, and we look forward to 
moving the Registry in early next year," said 
Robert L. Green, president of Metropolitan/ 
Columbia Plaza Venture. 

In addition to the completion of structural 
steel erection, construction activities over the 
next month will include pouring concrete 
floors, spray-applied fireproofing and com- 
mencement of the exterior wall support and 

Through February, the first phase of Ruggles 
Center yielded over 1 6,300 hours of work for 
local construction tradespeople. Boston resi- 
dents accounted for a 67% share of the work, 
and people of color performed 57% of the 
work, many of whom reside in the Greater 
Roxbury area. In addition, Beacon Construc- 
tion Company was successful in subcontracting 
more than 40% of the job to local minority- 
owned construction companies which repre- 
sents contract awards of $5.4 million. 

MBE firms on the project include Webster 
Engineering, Global Steel, Dependable Ma- 
sonry, Reid Electric, Allstate Insulation, Rusco 
Steel, Metro Boston, Oliver Sheet Metal, 
Charles' General Contracting, Jet-A-Way, S.K. 
Security, and Sam's Good Coffee. 

Phase I construction will include a cen- 
trally located public plaza that will provide a 
major place of activity and gateway to the 
Ruggles Center project. The plaza is a 
reconfiguration of the existing "kiss and ride" 
area and will serve as a new civic space. 

The east-west axis links the main entrance 
to the Registry Building with the Phase I public 
parking lot and has a major seating and 
gathering area at its center -- a place where 
Registry employees can gather for lunch on a 
warm day. The north-south axis begins with 
two seating areas at either end and visually 
links the Ruggles MBTA Station with the 
plaza's entry portal facing Tremont Street. 
Construction of the plaza will begin in late 

The Ruggles plaza will connect with the 
52-acre Southwest Corridor linear park. The 
existing Southwest Corridor Parkland and 
associated bicycle and pedestrian paths weave 
through Ruggles Center at the base of the 
MBTA Station steps, connecting Ruggles to the 
Back Bay. ♦ 


A Artist rendering of the Registry Building and Public Plaza at Ruggles Center. 

Volume 1, Issue 2 

Boston, Massachusetts 

April 1993 

Interview With 2nd Suffolk District State Senator Dianne Wierson 

What do you view as the priorities for 
your district? 

■ Job creation. I think job creation is 
the absolute key to the district's residents' 
ability to deal with a whole host of issues 
such as health care, day-care, education, 
and the many problems that face our 
youth. We must put people back to work 
-- meaningful work. So my priorities are 
those projects that create real jobs. 

How can the Commonwealth promote 
economic development at Ruggles Center 
and other areas of Roxbury in general? 

■ In communities like the one in which 
Ruggles Center is situated, we are not 
asking or suggesting that government has 
an obligation to do something very 
different than what is done in every other 
community. It's not about handouts. It's 
about equity, fairness and opportunity, so 
that all of the Commonwealth's resources 
are spent in a way that benefits the entire 

What are some examples? 

■ The siting of state facilities is an 
example of the kind of thing that generates 
jobs. The other thing we can do is enforce 
the types of rules and regulations that are 
in place to guarantee that this type of job 
generation benefits the people that live in 
the neighborhood where new facilities are 
located. That's how you revitalize neigh- 
borhoods - by putting people back to work. 

How do you think the Clinton Administra- 
tion's new economic plan will affect your 

■ One thing that I feel is a good sign is 
that based on my conversations with 
constituents, there seems to be a consen- 
sus to at least give the plan a try. They're 
willing to give it a chance even if it means 
eking a little bit more out of a budget that 
is already strapped, as long as it is fair and 
everyone else pays their share. There is a 
provision in the plan for structural im- 
provements and job creation. Job creation 
is key to any real economic revitalization. 

What do you think of President Clinton's 
call for a national service program? 

■ The notion of public service that 
represents an opportunity and some level 
of respect is something that the young 

people in the district would welcome as a 
way to pay for college tuition, and some- 
thing I feel is very positive about the plan. 
Massachusetts has always been a leader in 
innovative and progressive initiatives. 
YouthBuild and City Year are examples of 
programs that started here and are being 
used as models for the President's plan. 

Do you have any thoughts on the effect of 
welfare reform? 

■ Welfare reform will affect the district in a 
major way. I think the clear majority of women 
heads of households, if given some real 
options and opportunities, would rather be 

self-sustaining. It's not a whole lot of fun 
trying to sustain an existence on public 
welfare. However, the reform must encour- 
age independence and reward people for 
getting off and staying off, rather than punish 
them for being on welfare. That's a real 
change in philosophy. So far, I am optimistic 
about what is going to happen in this area. 

Why did you run for office? 

■ That's a difficult question. It was not a 
lifelong dream, but something that evolved 
over time beginning in 1 991 . I sensed a 
tremendous amount of frustration in the 
community. The HUD litigation that I was 
involved in represented a tremendous 
amount of progress, but it took 14-1 5 years 
- that's three generations of families that 
were affected. I thought that through the 
legislature I could do the same sort of 

things, only much faster, and actually 
develop policy into laws instead of trying 
to secure basic fundamental human and 
civic rights through litigation. 

What made you think you could win? 

■ I didn't think the community was 
getting what it deserved and felt that we 
could do better. We needed someone 
who could earn the respect and dignity 
necessary to deliver resources to the 
community, and I said to myself — I think 
I can do that. Obviously, many people 
thought so as well. I feel humbled and 
honored at the trust and responsibility 
placed in me. I'm confident that I am up 
to the task. ♦ 

Design For New Boston 
Police HQ Underway 

Ruggles Center architects, Stull & Lee of 
Boston, will continue to play a major role 
in shaping the Southwest Corridor by 
designing the City of Boston's new Police 
Department Headquarters building. 
Preliminary designs for the facility were 
completed in December. 

In addition to accomodating adminis- 
trative offices, the 194,000 square-foot 
building will house an operations center 
featuring state-of-the-art 91 1 controls, a 
new criminal analysis and ballistics 
laboratory, and a photo identification unit. 
Other building features include a day-care 
center, community meeting room, and 
employee cafeteria. 

The site for the new headquarters 
building is at the intersection of Tremont 
and Ruggles Streets, directly across from 
Ruggles Center. City of Boston's Public 
Facilities Department will have bid 
documents for the $35 million project 
available in October of this year. 

This facility will replace the existing 
Berkeley Street location in the South End/ 
Bay Cove community. The police head- 
quarters employs a workforce of approxi- 
mately 400 uniformed and civil employ- 
ees and attracts over 800 daily visitors. ♦> 

Roxbury Southwest Corridor Site Selected For 
Massachusetts State Track Facility 

M/CPV Contributes 

Plans have recently accelerated for the 
long-awaited Massachusetts State Track 
facility. The 126,000 square-foot, multi- 
use facility will be located at the intersec- 
tion of New Dudley and Tremont Streets 
near Ruggles Center, adjacent to Roxbury 
Community College (RCC). 

The indoor facility will serve the 
practice and competition needs of high 
school track and field athletes and provide 
RCC students, faculty and staff with space 
for recreational, intramural and intercolle- 
giate sports activities. Community 
residents will use the building for various 
recreation and public events. 

The proposed track includes: 

Six lane fixed-banked track 
Eight infield sprint lanes 
Facilities for all field events 
Weight and fitness rooms 
Seating for 3,000 spectators 
and participants 
500-seat basketball gymna- 
sium with practice and 
exhibition courts 

■ Locker rooms, classrooms, 
offices and on-site parking. 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts 
Division of Capital Planning and Opera- 
tions expects to select a design/build team 
for the $17 million facility by early Spring, 
start construction this summer and open 
the facility in late 1994. ♦ 

l V 

In November, Ruggles Center developers, 
Metropolitan/Columbia Plaza Venture, 
presented a check for one million dollars 
for affordable housing in Chinatown and 
Roxbury. Boston Mayor Raymond L. 
Flynn, BRA Director Paul Barrett, Parcel 18 
Task Force Chairman Rev. Tony Bethel, 
and Chinatown/South Cove Neigh- 
borhood Council moderator Bill Moy, 
accepted the check on behalf of the city 
and Chinatown and Roxbury communities. 

Also at the event, Metropolitan 
representatives expressed thanks to the 
permanent lenders, a group led by the 
Massachusetts State Carpenters Pension 
and Guaranteed Annuity Funds. 

Carpenters Funds' President Andris J. 
Silins reinforced the union's commitment 
to finance worthy projects in Massachusetts 
by saying, "Clearly there has been a credit 
crunch in real estate with traditional 
lenders simply unwilling to participate. 
We firmly believe in financing economi- 
cally sound and important projects like 
Ruggles Center, so that construction 
workers can go back to work in good jobs." 

Other pension funds participating in 
the permanent financing include City of 
Boston Retirement System, Plumbers Local 
#12 Trust Funds, Middlesex County 
Retirement System, Iron Workers District 
Council of New England, Medford Retire- 
ment System, Massachusetts Laborers, 
Bricklayers and Masons Pension Fund of 
Boston and Roofers Union Local No. 33. 
Bank of Boston, Shawmut Bank and 
Banque Indosuez are providing construc- 
tion financing. ♦ 

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