Monthly Archives: March 2013

New church holds first service

March 29, 2013
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(Courtesy Photo) Rev. Logan Keck preaches to worshipers at a recent Christ the King-JP/Roxbury service.

EGLESTON SQ.—Christ the King-JP/Roxbury, a new Presbyterian-affiliated Christian church in Egleston Square, held its first service last month. “We want to be a neighborhood church and we are particularly concerned with seeing people across many backgrounds reconciled to God and one another through the Gospel,” said Rev. Logan Keck the church’s founder, who lives...

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Woman knocked down, robbed on Arborway

March 29, 2013
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ARBORWAY—A woman was knocked down and robbed by two suspects on the Arborway near the Jamaica Place intersection on the evening of March 20, according to Boston Police reports confirmed to the Gazette by Capt. Paul Russell, commander of Jamaica Plain’s District E-13 Police Station. One suspect knocked the woman to the ground and...

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Real estate today: Real estate is ‘smoking hot’ in JP

March 29, 2013
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(Gazette Photo by Peter Shanley) The most expensive home sold between March 14 and March 21 is this building at 60R Sheridan St., which went for $1.05 million.

Judging by the real estate market, Jamaica Plain is very desirable place to live. Real estate agents say they are receiving multiple offers on homes and that rents are skyrocketing. “The market is smoking hot in Jamaica Plain,” said Maureen McElroy of Jamaica Hill Realty. She said there is a high demand for both...

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Real estate today: Developer ‘looking into’ Goddard House

March 29, 2013
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S. HUNTINGTON—A city developer, who was previously involved in another Jamaica Plain construction project, is setting his sights on the former Goddard House nursing home. “I’m looking into it,” Dorchester-based developer Tom Donnelly said about purchasing the Goddard House, which went on the market March 4. Donnelly was part of a team involved with...

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Real estate today: City wants building owners to report energy usage

March 29, 2013
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A new proposed city ordinance would require owners of commercial and large residential buildings to disclose their energy usage to the City. But critics are not convinced the measure would achieve anything and will create unnecessary financial burdens for building owners. “In order for Boston to continue to be a sustainability leader, our buildings...

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Real estate today: Leaders ask mayor to stop Blessed Sacrament projects

March 29, 2013
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HYDE SQ.—A group of prominent Jamaica Plainers has penned a letter to Mayor Thomas Menino asking him to help “suspend further review or approval of” two projects at the Blessed Sacrament Church campus pending revisions that meet prior “goals or otherwise mitigates impacts.” Signers of the March 25 letter include Nelson Arroyo, board president...

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Real estate today: ‘Serenity’ still under BRA review

March 29, 2013
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The Serenity, a proposed luxury apartment building at 105A S. Huntington Ave., is still under review by the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) until the completion of the S. Huntington Ave. corridor study. “ anticipating additional information on the project from the developer following the completion of the study,” BRA spokesperson Melina Schuler...

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Real estate today: Hellenic Hill preservation efforts continue

March 29, 2013
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PONDSIDE—Efforts to permanently preserve Hellenic Hill continue without results almost two years after a development controversy. Hellenic College, the owner of the undeveloped woodlands overlooking Jamaica Pond that the college has previously tried to sell or develop, is currently working on keeping the land a “sanctuary,” Emerald Necklace Conservancy (ENC) Executive Director Julie Crockford...

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Real estate today: City to inspect businesses’ stormwater management

March 29, 2013
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The City will start inspections of industrial businesses to ensure proper stormwater management in May, according to a City official. The inspections are a result of a consent decree, also known as an agreed judgment, between the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) and the City. The 2012 decree forced the City to pay a penalty...

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Real estate today: City: Norbert School project needs variances

March 29, 2013
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HYDE SQ.—The City has ruled that the plan to turn the Norbert School building into 21 apartments needs two zoning variances. But the developer, Norbert School Associates, still says that is not the case. Meanwhile, the developer has agreed to include two affordable units in the project. Who will subsidize the units is still...

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