BACKGROUND AND HISTORY
Grove Hall Neighborhood Development Corporation (Grove Hall NDC) was founded in 1984 when business and community leaders came together to create the organization and to enable residents and business owners to become involved in planning the redevelopment of the Blue Hill Avenue Corrider and the Grove Hall area. As a result of the organization's comprehensive and inclusive approach to involving residents and business owners in the economic revitalization and rebuilding of their community, the NDCGH played a critically important role in shaping the redevelopment of the neighborhood by focusing on:
Organizing, education, and advocation on behalf of community residents for proposed changes in their neighborhood
Working with Community, Civic, and Business leaders to renegotiate the development of affordable home owndership opportunities; and
Providing small business loans to local businesses to stimulate economic growth
Utilizing the momentum of these early victories, the Grove Hall NDC purchased and developed affordable housing and commercial properties as the cornerstone of an inclusive, community-focused, economic renaissance. Since these early days, the Grove Hall NDC has brought more than $50 million in economic development projects and programs to the Grove Hall area and has helped to create approximately 700 jobs to community residents in the process.
Grove Hall NDC provides economic, professional, and small business development programs for Grove Hall residents. We are committed to offering services tailored to our community. Our passion and focus is on Grove Hall residents and small businesses but we also serve the Boston community at large.
Grove Hall NDC is committed to improving the quality of life for its residents and businesses of Grove Hall, North Dorchester, and Roxbury by enhancing the economic, social, and environmental conditions.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND ACTIVITIES
Grove Hall NDC is the developer of the 2001 $13.5 million Grove Hall Mecca Mall. The Mall is home to the first supermarket in over twenty years. Grove Hall NDC has also helped to create approximately 470 jobs for the community residents and attracted more than $21 million in economic development projects and programs to the Grove Hall area.
Other Agency Highlights Include:
1988: Completed a $1.2 million rehabilitation project, providing 12 units of affordable housing and four commercial unites in Grove Hall
1988: Sponsored the development of 48 units of Veterans Housing: Hartford Manor and the VBC Apartments
1989: Recruited the first full service bank to return to Grove Hall
1993-1994: Assisted the City of Boston in a $430,000 capital improvement project along Blue Hill Avenue
1998: Assisted Grove Hall businesses in obtaining over $180,000 in funding to improve storefront facades
1999: Successfully brought the Main Streets concept to Grove Hall
Has provided leadership development and organizing assistance to the Blue Hill Task Force since 1994
Developer of millions of dollars in housing for first-time home buyers and co-sponsor of 72 units of affordable rental housing
Coordinates and facilitates ongoing workshops to inform residents and business owners of future development activities and opportunities in the Grove Hall area
2001: Completion of a $13.5 million retail center which utilized over 73% of black workers and resulted in over 470 jobs during and after construction.
2020: Brought the first ever drive-in move theater to Roxbury.
2021: During COVID-19 aided in community safety by distributing masks, gloves and hand sanitizer to thousands of residents.
Cleaned, free-of-charge, local churches.
MEMBERS OF THE BOARD
Wesley Williams Jr., M.Ed.
Roxbury Institute of Technology
IncluDe Web Design, CEO
Eva Mitchell, M.Ed.
IncluDe Web Design, COO
Parks & Recreation