Arborway Yard group joins up with JPNC

The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) voted in April to enter into a relationship with the Community Planning Committee for the Arborway Yard (CPCAY), according to JPNC chair Kevin Moloney.

CPCAY will retain “its identity as a community-based advocacy organization,” but will operate under JPNC’s Housing and Development Committee, according to the document JPNC approved. JPNC will have the power to appoint members to CPCAY and to “negotiate changes” to any existing memoranda of agreement or understand that CPCAY has with the City, the MBTA or MassDOT.

“The JPNC and the CPCAY agree that they will jointly oversee the transition into this relationship,” according to the document.

CPCAY is an organization that has long worked to bringing a permanent bus facility to the Arborway Yard. The Arborway Yard, at the Arborway and Washington Street, is currently home to an MBTA administration building and a decade-old “temporary” bus maintenance facility.

The current bus facility plan includes a garage priced at well over $200 million, as well as handing about 8 acres of the site over to the City for new parkland and development. But the project remains unfunded with the MBTA in a perpetual budget crisis.

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