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Developers withdraw McBride St. proposal from JPNC Zoning Committee

June 24, 2016
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The proposal to construct a new six-unit residential building at the former James’s Gate parking lot at 14-16 McBride St. was withdrawn from the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) Zoning Committee review due to community and committee disapproval. The JPNC Zoning Committee meeting on June 15 at Farnsworth House drew about 55 attendees. James’s...

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BPS, Walsh honor 2016 Valedictorians, including two with JP ties

June 24, 2016
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BPS, Walsh honor 2016 Valedictorians, including two with JP ties

Boston Public Schools (BPS) held its annual valedictorian luncheon at the Boston Harbor Hotel this month to honor valedictorians across the city, including two with Jamaica Plain ties, according to a press release. “This is one of my favorite events of the year,” said Mayor Marty Walsh, according to the press release. “The class...

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JP Pets: Check-in with MSPCA-Angell

June 24, 2016
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JP Pets: Check-in with MSPCA-Angell

MSPCA-Angell Animal Medical Center is working hard on a ballot initiative that will increase protection for farm animals. “We are working very hard on a ballot initiative that would require that animals that result in egg or meat products in Massachusetts must be able to stand up, turn around, and fully extend their limbs,”...

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JP Pets: Beecher Street dog park update

June 24, 2016
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JP Pets: Beecher Street dog park update

The Boston Parks and Recreation Department (BPRD) is finalizing plans to replace the existing fence at the Beecher Street Park, which is used as an unofficial dog park, within the next few weeks, according to a City spokesperson. Local residents erected a fence at the outer border of Beecher Street Park, which is City-owned...

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Residents hostile to 3193 Washington St. project

June 10, 2016
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City Realty developers made slight alterations to their proposed development at 3193 Washington St., but were still met with hostility from community members who raised concerns over gentrification and City Realty’s reputation during a community meeting. The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) held the June 6 meeting at 3134 Washington St. for City Realty to...

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HSTF seeks artist for domino display

June 10, 2016
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Hyde Square Task Force (HSTF) is seeking proposals for an art installation in the plaza of the Blessed Sacrament Church at 361 Centre St., according to a blog post on its website. HSTF wants an artist to design, build, and install a work of art that will start conversations between neighbors, bring additional beauty...

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City’s arts and culture plan draft released

June 10, 2016
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After more than a year of planning, the City has released its draft of the Boston Creates with a limited amount of time for community feedback. Boston Creates is the planning process that Walsh administration launched to enhance and support arts and culture in Boston. The process is organized around a theoretical idea of...

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$7.5 million in City budget for affordable housing

June 10, 2016
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The City of Boston will set aside $7.5 million of Inclusionary Development funds for the acquisition of occupied rental housing in order to preserve affordable housing, according to a press release. Through the new Acquisition Opportunity Program, the Department of Neighborhood Development will provide loans to help responsible investor-owners acquire occupied, multi-family rental properties....

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76 Stonley Road project filed with the BRA

May 27, 2016
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Developers John Morrissey and Bryan Austin formally filed the 76 Stonley Road project with the Boston Redevelopment Authority, a project which left community members wary about in its initial planning stages last year. A project notification form (PNF) was submitted on April 20 by Lucio Trabucco, the architect on the project. The site is...

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New president selected for BPL

May 27, 2016
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The Boston Public Library Board of Trustees voted to extend an offer of employment for president of the Boston Public Library to Jill Bourne, city librarian for the San Jose Public Library, according to a press release. The decision was made following public interviews of Bourne and David Leonard, interim president of the BPL,...

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