Letter: S. Huntington needs master plan, affordability

August 3, 2012
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We have lived in Jamaica Plain for 26 years and have witnessed the rise in housing prices, which inevitably means some, like our own son, cannot find affordable housing here. We also rent part of our property and we see that there is a high demand for reasonably priced housing here. We are concerned that the area near the VA medical center (I am a veteran who uses the VA health services), including Goddard House, Home for Little Wanderers and 105A S. Huntington Ave., become an area with too many people/apartments/condos without any Boston Redevelopment Authority master plan as suggested by the JP Gazette editorial (July 20) and by the Impact Advisory Group. By the way, I also learned while waiting for the #39 bus in winter snow that the #39 sometimes has trouble getting up the incline of S. Huntington Avenue. This, combined with many more motor vehicles available and trying to enter/exit these three sites, present traffic problems not only for vehicles using S. Huntington but also for the MBTA. I would urge that the master plan also contain provisions for affordable and moderate-rate housing for all projects to meet current demand in Jamaica Plain for that kind of housing.

David A. White

Jamaica Plain