West End Place News

Isaac Kimbugwe Appointed Property Manager

Born and raised in the Republic of Uganda, home of Lake Victoria and head of the River Nile, Isaac Kayemba Kimbugwe has made his way in America, the land of opportunity, with honors and achievements.  He now assumes the demanding role of property manager at West End Place, a position that requires a wealth of knowledge and superb management skills which Isaac displays in abundance.

Photograph of Property ManagerSince arriving in Boston for college at the University of Massachusetts, Isaac Kimbugwe has distinguished himself both educationally and professionally.  After earning the Bachelor of Science degree at UMass in Operations Management and Information Systems, he also earned a Master’s Degree in Finance at the Harvard University Extension School.  He was offered a job while still a student that soon led to full time employment managing a 250-unit low-income housing property.  Six years later, he became a senior property manager for Maloney Properties overseeing multiple properties and learning the profession from bottom to top.  He credits the leaders of Maloney Properties for being his mentors and for encouraging him to succeed.  Isaac says that he found himself in the housing business by accident since he thought he would wind up in banking, having been offered a job by the Bank of America which he rejected.  He is quick to say that managing affordable housing is more fulfilling!

Fluent in both English and Swahili, Isaac Kimbugwe comes from a cultured family devoted to education.  He is one of fifteen children, his Muslim father having had four wives.  Isaac’s mother returned to higher education at the age of 62 to earn a PhD.  Isaac did not adopt the Islamic faith but became Roman Catholic, observing that his faith is much of who he is.  Being in his presence, one discerns a family legacy of values and character.  Asked about his work for the Aids Action Committee of Boston, Isaac’s passion soars as he speaks about locating housing for clients living with HIV/AIDS, expediting service plans and collaborating with medical case managers, and advocating for clients, hoping to increase treatment rates and curb new infections.  Sadly, he knows whereof he speaks, having lost family members to HIV/AIDS.

Professionally, Mr. Kimbugwe is accomplished in manifold ways.  His qualifications and references reveal his abilities to manage complex organizations, solve problems, and deal with new challenges.  His colleagues’ testimonies reveal a man whose strength is human relations, ensuring that people are respected, appreciated, and empowered.  His track record reveals extraordinary results – he performs, gets jobs done, makes situations better than they were.

Please welcome Isaac Kimbugwe to West End Place.  He comes to us with a deep culture and ideals for living.  He is quiet and also confident, listening and also enlightening, learning but also teaching.  We have much to gain from him as our new property manager and he from us as we extend our support, our good wishes, and our friendship.

Staniford Street Facelift Connects Historic Boston

The City of Boston has launched its long awaited Connect Historic Boston project with reconstruction of Staniford and Causeways Streets, from Cambridge Street to Washington Street, as the first phase of a major Connect Historic Boston Mapenhancement to connect historic sites in downtown Boston by walking, cycling, and transit.  The street in front of West End Place will have improved sidewalks, curbing, signals, lighting, bicycle lanes, bollards, and plantings.  A recessed parking space will be set aside as a fifteen-minute loading area which may be used by WEP residents.  Along Lomasney Way, the sidewalks will be improved and parking spaces set aside.  The first phase of CHB should be finished by mid fall, 2016.

The full length of Connect Historic Boston will circumscribe much of Boston's waterfront from Staniford/Causeway in the West End along Commercial Street in the North End, and returning to the Blackstone Block in the Haymarket Square and the Faneuil Hall area.  CHB has been in planning over two years with more than forty public hearings resulting in numerous design iterations.  The total cost of the the project is $23.7 million, with major funding provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation  and the remaing costs paid by the City of Boston.  All components of the project are supposed to be completed by the end of 2017.

Website Posts TD Garden Events for Traffic Alerts

The condominium website now provides a complete listing of events scheduled at the TD Garden in order that residents of West End Place can anticipate traffic in Photo of TD Gardenthe vicinity of the building.  With its 19,600 seat arena and over 200 public events annually, the TD Garden brings thousands of people and vehicles to the west end in addition to commuters and residents.  The web site listing shows the dates and times of all events.  Approximately an hour before starting times cars and pedestrians begin to arrive in the area.  At the end of events, Lomasney Street is usually converted to one-way in order to facilitate the exiting of traffic from local garages.  Residents of West End Place with assigned parking spaces may obtain identification cards to display on their vehicles indicating they are authorized to enter the WEP garage off Lomasney Way.  The TD Garden schedule of events may be viewed in the Calendar section.

Development Projects Boost West End Population

The residential population of the west end is about to expand by forty percent as new buildings are constructed.  Three new projects are in the pipeline: Nashua Street Residences (now called Avalon Bay North Station) is in construction, TD Garden Towers is approved, and Equity's Garden Garage Project is also now approved.  Other projects completed or nearing completion are: The Victor, Rosejoy Wharf, and Avenir.  And an additional project with 100% affordable housing plus a hotel held a groundbreaking ceremony this spring, Parcel 1B and 1C, formerly "The Merano," at Causeway and Beverly Streets above the Central Artery/Tunnel.  These projects will add approximately 1,500 apartments to the area, a potential population increase of over 2,000.

Not only is Boston considered a "hot" real estate market but the west end is arguably the "neighborhood to watch."  Growth in residences will be matched by retail growth (a new supermarket and cinema complex), commercial activitity (Converse on Rosejoy Wharf and a hotel and office buildings on Causeway Street), and public services (a new elementary school and a central location for the West End Community Center).

In addition, the west end will see its sidewalks widened and improved, street lighting and plantings upgraded, bicycle paths and pedestrian walkways enhanced, and traffic management improved.  Connect Historic Boston is expected to complete the street improvement projects over the next 2-3 years.

West End Place, located at the central crossroads of Lowell Square, is poised to benefit immensely as the neighborhood becomes more attractive and a more desirable place to live.

West End map showing development projects