Monthly Archives: September 2015

BRA: Washington/Columbus study could lead to new zoning by summer 2016

September 25, 2015
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA), which will hold another Washington Street/Columbus Avenue corridor study meeting on Sept. 30, expects the effort to lead to new zoning for that area being approved by next summer, according to BRA senior planner Marie Mercurio. Mercurio has been a major figure behind the study. “We’re trying to figure...

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Meeting set for 64 Allandale project; developer responds to concerns

September 25, 2015
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A community meeting has been scheduled for Oct. 6 for the 64 Allandale St. project, which has drawn concerns over its impact on the Allandale Woods. Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the developer Jacqueline Nunez responded to those concerns, saying that the project will rid the property of invasive plant species and be a benefit...

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ZBA aprueba proyectos sin consultar la comunidad

September 25, 2015
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Dos proyectos de construcción—uno en 40 Lochstead Road y otro en 46 Eliot St.—que requieren variaciones fueron aprobados por la comisión de apelación de zonificación de la Ciudad (en inglés Zoning Board of Appeals—ZBA) a principios de este mes, a pesar de que los solicitantes pidieron aplazamientos y que los proyectos no pasaron por...

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ZBA approves projects without community review

September 25, 2015
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Two construction projects—one at 40 Lochstead Road and another at 46 Eliot St.—that require variances were approved by the City’s Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) earlier this month despite the applicants asking for deferrals and the projects not going through the normal community process. The plan for 46 Eliot St. is to demolish an...

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BRA board approves 105A S. Huntington developer’s plan to move affordable units off-site

September 25, 2015
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) board approved on Sept. 17 the plan by the developer of 105A S. Huntington Ave. to move all the affordable units off-site, according to spokesperson Nick Martin. As part of the proposal, the developer will raise the number of affordable units from 32 to 42. Local state Rep. Jeffrey...

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Sanchez ‘excited’ about DCR meetings

September 25, 2015
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Local state Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez is “excited” about the upcoming state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) meetings on improving safety and access for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists to the parklands and parkways of the Emerald Necklace in Jamaica Plain. Sanchez is co-sponsoring the meetings with the Emerald Necklace Conservancy and state Rep. Liz...

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Poff leaving FPC

September 25, 2015
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Christine Poff, executive director of the Franklin Park Coalition (FPC), is leaving the organization after leading it for more than a decade, according to an email blast sent by FPC. FPC is a nonprofit group that helps maintain the park. Poff did not respond to a request for comment. “It has been such a...

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JP Observer: JP can reduce its use of fossil fuels

September 25, 2015
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By Sandra Storey Special to the Gazette “Can JP Power Itself?” was the tantalizing title of a community gathering and potluck sponsored by JP NET (New Economy Transition) and JP Forum on July 29. Related questions were posed: Can Jamaica Plain transition away from fossil fuels? Reduce its carbon footprint? What would be the...

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Q. and A. with author Diane Fraser

September 25, 2015
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Q. and A. with author Diane Fraser

Jamaica Plain resident Diane Fraser recently wrote her first book, “Growing Up Superheroes, The Extraordinary Adventures of Deihlia Nye,” which came out earlier this year. The Gazette conducted a question-and-answer session with her through email about the new book. (The session has been edited.) The book is available at Trident Books and on Amazon.com....

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JP Agenda, Sept. 25, 2015

September 25, 2015
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Oct. 6 for the Oct. 9 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings JP Problem Properties Committee, first Wednesday of the month, 10:30am, E-13 Police Station Community Room, 3347 Washington St. Info: Liana Poston,...

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