About Roslindale Village Main Street
The mission of Roslindale Village Main Street (RVMS)
is to promote Roslindale Village as an appealing
destination and the dynamic center of our community.
As a nonprofit organization, we bring together local
volunteers, businesses and public agencies to
strengthen the Village’s economic vitality, physical
appearance and unique local character.
RVMS was established in 1985 as the first urban
Main Street Program in the nation, with the help
of then City Councilor Thomas M. Menino and the
National Trust for Historic Preservation. Within
its first three years, RVMS achieved
great success in revitalizing Roslindale Village,
with 33 façade changes, 43 commercial building
rehabilitations, 29 net new businesses, and 132 net
job gains—totaling over $5 million in new investments.
What We Do
RVMS is a community-driven and governed organization
with only one paid employee. We rely on participation
from countless volunteers to provide the programs,
services and events that help make Roslindale a great
place to live and work. Please contact us to learn more about how you can get involved.
Our volunteer committees focus in three major areas:
Economic Development -
RVMS works to strengthen the Village’s economic
base by helping existing businesses become stronger,
supporting new businesses, and recruiting new
ventures that respond to community needs. We offer
assistance and information on financing, permitting,
consumer demographics and marketing. RVMS also
advocates for appropriate redevelopment of vacant
commercial sites. Recent projects include:
- Technical and marketing assistance provided to over
225 businesses since 2003.
- Feasibility study for redeveloping the vacant MBTA
substation at Washington Street and Cummins
Highway and guidance to prospective developers.
- Comprehensive resident survey to assess the business
district’s strengths, consumer demographics and
priorities for improvement.
Our design committee seeks to enrich and preserve
the unique character of Roslindale’s business district
as a safe, clean and visually appealing place to visit.
We provide grants for façade improvements, historic
preservation, and signage design. RVMS also installs
wayfinding signage and partners with organizations
to improve cleanliness and greenspace. Recent
- Design and fabrication assistance for more than
39 storefront improvement projects since 1996,
benefiting more than 70 businesses.
- Annual improvement and maintenance of Adams
Park, Roslindale’s village green, through a grant
from the Cooperative Bank of Roslindale.
- Gateway signage at entrances to the business
district and an information kiosk by Adams Park.
- Sponsorship of public art projects, including murals
on Birch and Cohasset Streets and a public sculpture
at Belgrade Avenue and Corinth Street.
Marketing and Promotions -
RVMS promotes Roslindale Village’s reputation
throughout Boston as a destination for food,
entertainment and shopping in order to increase
the district’s customer base. RVMS also organizes
and sponsors annual events which help to build our
community identity while also drawing foot traffic
to local businesses. Recent projects include:
- The Roslindale poster series, designed by local
artist and volunteer Brad Harris.
- The Roslindale Farmers’ Market, a weekly
community gathering spot featuring local
produce, live music and family activities
drawing up to 1,800 visitors to the business
district each week.
- Taste of Roslindale, an annual event showcasing
local eateries, bakeries and markets while raising
funds for community charities.
2009-10 Roslindale Village Main Street Board of Directors
Carter Wilkie, President resident
Steve Gag, Vice President resident
John Pierce, Treasurer co-owner, Boston Cheese Cellar
Tom Donahue, Clerk resident
Wayne Beitler resident
Lisa DiPietro co-owner, The Pet Cabaret
Darlene Donovan resident
Sonia Garufi co-owner, Sophia's Grotto
Seth Gitell resident
Jennifer Goldson resident
Francis Guerrios Branch Manager, Citizens Bank
Vinny Marino owner, Roslyn Management
Cathy McCarthy The Cooperative Bank, resident
Charlie McCarthy resident
Steve Mooney resident
Luke Moran Branch Manager, The Cooperative Bank
Joseph Murphy owner, A. Boschetto Bakery
Jim Nichols owner, Krupa Insurance
Adam Rogoff resident
Rick Ward resident
Glenn Williams resident