The new Holiday Inn on upper Broadway, next to Mill Creek, is showing great occupancy rates and yet another
Sales Manager Joe Fiorello, General Manager Luziane Cavalcanti and Front Desk Clerk Carlota Dalomba gather at the front desk of the new Holiday Inn on Mill Creek. The new property opened about four months ago, but will have its official grand opening next week. It represents the fifth property for the Colwen Management company in Chelsea.
strong property in the Chelsea-based Colwen Management group of hotels.
“We’re almost at 100 percent full occupancy for October,” said Joe Fiorello, director of sales for Colwen. “We’re really excited about that.”
The property officially opened on July 25.
The new, 124-room, full-service hotel gives Colwen its fourth property in Chelsea, with more than 500 rooms added since their first property – the Residence Inn – came online a few years back.
The new Holiday Inn will celebrate a blockbuster grand opening on Nov. 8.
Colwen now has the Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites, Holiday Inn and Homewood Suites in Chelsea. That adds to their larger portfolio of properties across Greater Boston, including the new AC Hotel in the South End of Boston and the newer property that opened last week at Assembly Row.
The new property continues the tradition of great design on the properties, with interesting lighting and lots of natural light.
The foyer includes a great sitting area, with a fireplace as well.
Since it is a full-service property, Fiorello said the free breakfast option isn’t available. Instead, they have a European-inspired breakfast buffet and a al carte items as well. They also have a full restaurant and bar on the property, which Fiorello said would likely play well to local residents of Chelsea and Revere. They will be serving popular items like steaks, lobster rolls, salmon and other dishes.
“We are under the umbrella of IHG, but we are owned and operated by Colwen Hotels,” he said. “IHG wants to use this property as a prototype hotel. When other owners come into town, they said they want to bring them here to show them the property as an example for all future builds. Colwen is very good at managing, designing and operating.”
While there are no suites like in the other properties, the rooms are large and most try to focus on a view of the marsh or the City. Each room has smart TVs and luxury bath products as well. The building is an LEED certified property.
For functions, they do have a space that is available for small functions or meetings. It holds about 60-80 people and can be divided in half. It’s called the Mill Creek Ballroom.
One bad apple hasn’t spoiled a whole bunch at the Chelsea Walk, where a man was arrested last week for defacing the newly painted mural on the reclaimed Walk.
On Aug. 20, at 2:52 p.m., a CPD officer was flagged down in the area of Luther Place by a male party who stated someone destroyed their property and defaced City property.
The reporting party was a painter hired by the City to paint a mural on the Chelsea Walk. The Walk has been a no-go area for decades, and community members and GreenRoots have staked a claim to the Walk this summer in an effort to make it more inviting.
That has included painting a mural and hosting events there, and some people who have frequented the Walk for nefarious reasons haven’t appreciated the effort.
The officer reviewed a city camera in the area and was able to identify the male subject who committed the vandalism.
The male was located and placed under arrest.
Winston Brown, 51, of 4 Washington Ave., was charged with vandalizing property.
On Aug. 2, at 9 a.m., CPD officers were dispatched to 738 Broadway for the report of a female party who had been in the bathroom and refused to leave. Officers spoke to the supervisor who runs the program at the church who told the officers that the female was not welcome anymore and needed to go. The officers entered the bathroom and observed the woman with multiple packets of drugs on her person and in the toilet. She was placed under arrest.
Ashley Tyler, 30, of 92 Park St., was charged with possession of a Class A drug, distribution of a Class B drug and one warrant.
CLIMBING THE LADDER, THE WRONG WAY
On Aug. 3, at 2 a.m., CPD officersÊresponded to a call for a report of two men who were stealing ladders off of the property at 127 Division St. Officers searched the area and observed two males that fit the description with an orange ladder next to them. They were both placed under arrest.
Jesus Palacios-Leiva, 24, of 128 Shurtleff St., was charged with larceny over $250, trespassing and giving a false name.
Salvador Pineda, 30, of Revere, was charged with larceny over $250 and trespassing.
ASSAULTED OFFICER, WANTED BY ICE
On Aug. 5, at 12:40 p.m.,Êwhile patrolling in the area of Essex and Hawthorne streets, CPD officers observed what appeared to be a verbal argument between a male and a female. As the officers approached, the man aggressively approached the driver side door of the vehicle. The subject refused the officers’ orders to back away and pushed the officer; he then grabbed a trash barrel.ÊWhile attempting to place the suspect under arrest, he struck both officers. He was eventually taken into custody. He was charged with assaulting a police officer, malicious destruction of property. It was later determined that ICE wanted the male for federal violations.
Elias Vincente-Morales, 21, of 78 Essex St., was charged with malicious destruction of property under $250, assault and battery on a police officer and one immigration detainer.
TOSSED BEER CANS AND FLED
On July 24, at 2 a.m.,a CPD officer while on Suffolk Street observed a male while standing next to his running car throw empty beer cans on the road, then drive away at a high rate of speed. After the car was observed committing several more vehicle infractions, it was pulled over. The operator attempted to flee the vehicle and was placed under arrest.
Abraham Lopez Rojop, 24, of 1A Clinton St., was charged with speeding, failing to stop for police, possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle, unlicensed operation, negligent operation, and three stop-sign violations.
NO SERVICE AT THE BAR
On July 24, at 6 p.m., officers responded to the Los Amigos restaurant on Broadway for an unwanted party. Management told the officers that the female entered the bar and was highly intoxicated. Officers arrived and attempted to escort her off the property when she became disorderly. She was placed under arrest.
Ana Henriquez, 47, of 174 Chestnut St., was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
UNREGISTERED CAR, KNIFE
On July 25, at 6:40 p.m., a CPD officer, noticed an unregistered vehicle double parked in Bellingham Square. The officer pulled the car over. The operator did not have a valid license. He was placed under arrest. The officer also seized a folding knife from his person.
Jose Rodriguez, 20, of 120 Shurtleff St., was charged with unlicensed operation, unregistered motor vehicle and carrying a dangerous weapon.
CALLED A GANG MEMBER
On July 26, at 8:20 p.m., officers responded to the Chung Wah restaurant on Broadway for a disturbance. The officers placed a male under arrest after the subject struck a female patron with a sign. The suspect was said to be calling the victim a gang member as he assaulted her.
Edwin Ibanez, 30, of 589 Broadway, was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, disorderly conduct and assault and battery.
Monday, July 23
Carlos Rios, 46, 139 Marlborough St., Chelsea, was arrested for operating under the influence of liquor, unlicensed operation of motor vehicle.
Henrique Castillo, 67, 100 Chestnut St., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.
Whitney Baskin, 33, 101 Willow St., Lynn, was arrested on warrants.
Tuesday, July 24
Abraham Lopez Rojop, 24, 1A Clinton S., Chelsea, was arrested for speeding, stop sign violation (four counts), failure to stop for police, open container of alcohol in motor vehicle, unlicensed operation of motor vehicle and negligent operation of motor vehicle.
Ana Henriquez, 47, 174 Chestnut St., Chelsea, was arrested for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
Wilfredo Ibanez, 41, 46 Oliver St., Everett, was arrested for operating motor vehicle with suspended license and on a warrant.
Melvin Maldonado, 32, 25 Whitter St., Boston, was arrested for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and possessing a Class A drug.
Wednesday, July 25
Wendy Chirino, 28, 35 Shurtleff St., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.
Orlando Diaz, 62, 110 Bloomingdale St., Chelsea, was arrested for possessing alcoholic beverage.
Leonides Bones, 60, 4 Fernboro St., Dorchester, was arrested for possessing alcoholic beverage.
Fredy Lopez, 34, 220 Broadway, Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.
Jose Rodriguez, 20, 120 Shurtleff St., Chelsea, was arrested for unlicensed operation of motor vehicle, unregistered motor vehicle and carrying a dangerous weapon.
Thursday, July 26
Edwin Ibanez, 30, 589 Broadway, Chelsea, was arrested for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, disorderly conduct and assault and battery.
Friday, July 27
Carlos Ramos, 51, 27 Watts St., Chelsea, was arrested for unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and leaving the scene of property damage.
Nelson Moises Vasquez Rodriguez, 28, 108 Norfolk, Boston, was arrested for unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.
Cesar-Jose Valentin, 32, 23 Eleanor St., Chelsea, was arrested for dangerous weapon.
Mark Halloran, 19, 51 Village Hill Ln., North Kingstown, R.I., was arrested for trespassing.
Monday, July 30
JamieLynn Gemellaro, 36, 186 Wakefield St., Reading, was arrested on warrants.
Luiz DeFatima, 27, 37 Lawrence St., Everett, was arrested for possessing Class A drug.
Ramon Oquendo, 25, 52 Savin St., Roxbury, was arrested for possessing alcoholic beverage.
Tuesday, July 31
Anna Marshall, 20, 466 Broadway, Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.
Sandra Sargent, 34, 71 Winthrop Ave., Revere, was arrested on warrants.
Rosie Hurst, 56, 27 Thornly St., Dorchester, was arrested on a warrant.
Wednesday, August 1
Justin Rich, 40, 810 Border St., East Boston, was arrested on a warrant.
Juddony Felix, 24, 40 River Rd., Somerville, was arrested on a warrant.
Thursday, Aug. 2
Ashley Tyler, 30, 92 Park St., Chelsea, was arrested for possessing a Class A drug, Distribution of a Class B drug and on a warrant.
Elizabeth Quinn, 35, 12 Simmonds Dr., Portsmouth, N.H., was arrested for sexual conduct for a fee.
Friday, August 3
Jesus Palacios-Leiva, 24, 128 Shurtleff St., Chelsea, was arrested for larceny over $250, trespassing and furnishing false name.
Salvador Pineda, 30, 135 Falmouth St., Revere, was arrested for larceny over $250 and trespassing.
Saturday, August 4
Ramon Pagan, 57, 444 Harrison Ave., Boston, was arrested for possessing alcoholic beverage.
Elias Vincente-Morales, 21, 78 Essex St., Chelsea, was arrested for malicious destruction of property, assault and battery on a police officer and immigration detainer.
Jose Tejada, 37, 46 Hood St., Lynn, was arrested for unlicensed operation of motor vehicle and immigration detainer.
On May 21, officers were dispatched to Jefferson Avenue for a female party reporting that a male party followed her home and was still outside of her residence. Officers met with the reporting party, who stated that a male followed her home and grabbed her arm at one point to try to talk to her. She refused his advances and told him to leave, but he continued following her to her home. The victim identified the male leaning against a fence on her property. He was placed under arrest.
Lucio Ayala Rodriguez, 33, of Revere, was charged with criminal harassment and assault and battery.
DRUG RAID ON PARK
On May 24, members of the Chelsea Police Drug Unit executed a search warrant at 148 Park St. #4. The search warrant was the result of an investigation of a male subject for the Distribution of Crack Cocaine. Also assisting was Everett Police drug detectives.
Hector Sanchez-Balestier, 34, of 148 Park St., was charged with possession to distribute Class B drugs.
A Tibetan social organization has purchased the former Irish Club on Clinton Street, and several City officials would like to know more about what the new club would like to do with the property.
The matter was first breeched by Councillor Leo Robinson last month at a Council meeting, when he said he had heard there was a new owner and they had an extensive membership.
Robinson was worried, in particular, about the nature of the Club’s activities and their parking plan – as the former Irish Club hadn’t seen a large membership in many years.
On Monday night, City Manager Tom Ambrosino reported that the Tibetan Association of Boston had recently purchased the Irish Club property. He said the club has a permit for the use of the first floor only as a social club.
“That use will be allowed as a matter of right by the new owner,” he said. “I understand the new owner is currently working with ISD to secure the required occupancy permit for that permitted use.”
He said ISD recently conducted an inspection of the property and identified some violations that need to be corrected.
That said, the new owner has expressed to the City a desire to permit the basement for a social club as well. That could only be done by a Special Permit, requiring the new club to make a date with the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) for expanding a non-conforming use.
It might also require some parking relief too, Ambrosino said.
“Thus far, the owner has started the Special Permit application process, but it has not yet supplied ISD with all the necessary documentation for a full review,” he said.
Ambrosino told the Record that his understanding is the new club has a membership of around 200.
Stephanie Scali, 26, 207 Winthrop St., Medford, was arrested for possessing Class B drug.
Willie Jennings, 37, 251 Heath St., Jamaica Plain, was arrested for trespassing.
Kerven Julce, 33, 10 Lawrence St., Brighton, was arrested on a warrant.
Carlos Diaz, 44, 69 Marlborough St., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.
Salvador Pineda, 30, 153 Saratoga St., East Boston, was arrested on a warrant.
Jodelle Gabelus, 28, 41 Polk St., Charlestown, was arrested on a warrant.
Ely Feliciano, 21, Address unknown, was arrested on a warrant.
Frank Dangelo, 64, 9 Sixth St., Chelsea, was arrested for assault with a dangerous weapon.
Caroline Cash, 22, 84 Otis St., Winthrop, was arrested on a warrant.
Jose Gonzalez, 20, 64 Beacon St., Chelsea, was arrested for breaking and entering nighttime for felony, possessing burglarious instrument, larceny from building, resisting arrest, and malicious destruction of property and trespassing.
Juvenile offender, 16, was arrested on a warrant.
Dawid Sanek, 19, 56 Congress Pl., Dedham, was arrested for assault with a dangerous weapon and unarmed robbery.
Samuel Pensamiento, 26, 61 Meadow Ln., Lowell, was arrested for leaving scene of property damage and leaving scene of injury.
After hundreds of athletic banquets, wedding receptions and a whose who list of Chelsea political functions, that history all came tumbling down last Friday when the French Naturalization Club on Spencer Avenue was demolished for affordable housing.
Crews secured the area last Thursday, and began the demo on Friday – taking down the old Function Hall that many had known from the old days of political times or youth sports banquets. By the end of it’s stretch, though, it had seen better times, as a man was murdered in the Club during a party a few years ago.
That led to the Club’s end, and it became vacant until The Neighborhood Developers (TND) purchased the property for an affordable housing development.
That development was controversial when Mill Hill neighbors learned late in the game of TND’s plans to put up the housing.
That sparked a vigorous debate throughout the community two years ago, and led to a scaling back of the project and a return of the Spencer Avenue Extension to the City so cars could continue using it.
Now, the project will include 34 units of affordable rental housing in a brand new building that will feature a community space on the bottom floor and the activation of the sidewalks with front porches on ground-floor units.
City Manager Tom Ambrosino said TND has its permits and its financing in place. They are ready to commence the construction phase now.
In an effort to ramp up the downtown overhaul, City Manager Tom Ambrosino submitted a request to the City Council to hold a hearing and move forward with an eminent domain taking of the Salvation Army Store at 440 Broadway.
Ambrosino told the Record a few weeks ago that he planned to pursue the idea, but wasn’t completely certain of it at the time. Since then, certainly has been stamped.
“The City’s decision to pursue this taking was not done without considerable thought,” he wrote the Council. “It is not generally my desire to acquire private property in this aggressive manner, notwithstanding important public needs. However, in this case, I feel the decision is necessary…With the recent closing of the Salvation Army store and its expected sale, the City has no control over what new use might occupy the space and no way of ensuring that such new use is not even more detrimental to the City’s Broadway improvement efforts.”
Ambrosino told the Council on Monday night that he has recently received an appraisal of the property and found that, as of May 4, the fair market value is $1.34 million.
He said that he hopes the City can enhance that section of the downtown with a newly reconstructed or renovated building that will include commercial space on the first floor and some affordable residential units on the upper floors.
He suggested the City use its Free Cash account, which boasts some $34 million, to pay for the taking.
The Council moved the request to use Free Cash to a Second Reading for the next meeting, where they will likely act on it. They also called for a public hearing on the Order of Taking at the June 19 meeting.
The Salvation Army Store on Broadway closed earlier this month, and the City said this week that it is seriously considering taking the property by eminent domain due to it being a blight on the city and for public policy purposes.
City Manager Tom Ambrosino said the store has been sold, and he said some believe it is to the owner of the Rainbow Fashions, but he wasn’t sure. In any case, the new owner hasn’t been terribly responsive and he has engaged an independent appraisal to understand what it might cost.
“The City is very interested in taking it by eminent domain,” he said. “We’re going to engage an appraiser and I’ll report what I would like to do one way or the other to the City Council within the next month…The City’s position is that it is blighted and was blighted. We would take it for public policy purposes as part of an effort to revive the Broadway business corridor.”
Council President Leo Robinson said he agreed with the idea, and would support it if Ambrosino recommends the taking.
“I am ok with it and I support it,” he said. “We’re looking to change how we do retail in the downtown and we want to put more units above the stores. This is a key property to make that happen.”
Ambrosino said if they take it, they would likely put it out for development, with a stress on affordable housing. He said ground floor retail would be required as well. He said he would envision several floors of housing and a marquee tenant on the first floor.
He said the Fourth to Fifth Street stretch of Broadway is a key part of the overall Downtown initiative.
With the store sitting empty, that effort is hamstrung.
“This is a top priority of mine within the month,” he said.