Menino plans long-awaited return to Hyde Park home

Mayor  Menino has lived in a city-owned mansion since Christmas.
Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff
Mayor Menino has lived in a city-owned mansion since Christmas.

Mayor Thomas M. Menino said Tuesday that he hopes to leave the ­Parkman House this weekend and move back to his home in Hyde Park for the first time in five months.

Menino has lived in the city-owned mansion on Beacon Street since Christmas, when he left the hospital after an eight-week stay for a variety of ailments. Since his illness, Menino has had difficulty with stairs, while the Parkman House has an elevator.

Permits filed with the city show that Menino is renovating bathrooms on the first and second floor of his longtime home in the Readville section. The work includes installing new fixtures and adding grab bars, which can help with balance.


Menino’s spokeswoman, Dot Joyce, added that the mayor’s return home was contingent on contractors finishing their work. “If the mayor has his way, it would be tomorrow,” Joyce said.

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In an interview Tuesday on WFXT-TV (Channel 25), Menino said that he and his wife will return home as soon as the work is done.

“We want to be back in Hyde Park,” Menino said. “I hope by this weekend we’ll be there.”

Menino, 70, fell ill in mid-October during a vacation in ­Italy with his wife.

He cut the trip short, ­returned to Boston, and was ­admitted to Brigham and ­Women’s Hospital, where doctors diagnosed him with a ­severe respiratory infection and a blood clot that traveled from his legs to his lungs. While in the hospital, Menino fractured a vertebra in his back and was ­diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.


In the 13 weeks he had lived in Parkman House, Menino has faithfully gone to physical therapy, often attending two sessions a day, according to his staff.

The five-term mayor told WFXT-TV that he must decide by May 13 whether he will ­apply for nomination papers, the first step in running for ­reelection.

“I haven’t made that decision yet,” Menino told the station, adding about his health, “I’m doing real well, real well.”

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