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BRA: Washington St. development needs more work

November 21, 2014
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) has told the developer of a project along Washington and Green streets to go back to the “drawing board” in the face of community concerns. The proposal by developer Walter Craven calls for two buildings at 3371-3375 Washington St. and 197-201 Green St. that would have four commercial spaces,...

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Coffee shop agrees to community benefits

November 21, 2014
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Coffee shop agrees to community benefits

Caffè Nero, a U.K.-based coffee franchise opening a location on Centre Street, has committed to to a “Good Community Business” agreement with the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council, according to Michael Reiskind of the JPNC and the Jamaica Plain Business and Professional Association. The agreement states that Caffè Nero will: participate in local JP businesses groups,...

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Driver in Arborway crash heads to trial

November 21, 2014
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Nikolas Papadopoulos, a 19-year-old West Roxbury resident who caused a two-vehicle crash on the Arborway last year that sent six people to the hospital, will go to trial in March to face a charge of negligent operation of a motor vehicle, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s (DA) Office. The trial will be...

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BLC director among 8 City managers forced out

November 21, 2014
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The City has ended the employment of eight high-ranking managers, including Boston Landmarks Commission Executive Director (BLC) Ellen Lipsey, a Jamaica Plain resident, according to Mayor’s Office spokesperson Kate Norton. The Boston Globe first reported the action. “As with any administration, there are a number of staff changes that take place at various points....

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Holidays in JP: Holiday tree-lightings in JP slated for Dec. 6

November 21, 2014
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Two holiday tree-lightings featuring Mayor Martin Walsh will take place in Jamaica Plain on Sat., Dec. 6, according to a City document provided to the Gazette by the Mayor’s Office. The events are being billed as part of the “Mayor’s Enchanted Trolley Tour & Tree Lighting,” featuring music, treats and a visit from Santa....

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Centre/South Main Streets remains leaderless

November 21, 2014
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Jamaica Plain’s Centre/South Main Streets (CSMS), a business promotion organization that has had past problems, remains leaderless a month after former executive director Andrew Zarro left the organization. CSMS ran into a tumultuous period from late 2012 and to the beginning of last year, when the organization saw a change of leadership and had...

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Coakley won JP handily in governor election

November 21, 2014
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Republican Charlie Baker eked out a victory over Democrat Martha Coakley and three other challengers during the Nov. 4 general election, but in Jamaica Plain the results were a bit different. JP voters went overwhelmingly for Coakley, while also bucking the statewide trend on several of the ballot questions. Coakley garnered a commanding 81...

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BRA will hold meeting for Washington St. development

November 20, 2014
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) will hold a community meeting Dec. 4 for a developer’s plan to turn 3383-3389 Washington St. into a mixed-use development. The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. at Curtis Hall. The site, which covers three parcels, is currently vacant. It includes the former Royal Fried Chicken restaurant, a long-shuttered...

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Washington St. project divides community

November 7, 2014
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Washington St. project divides community

A proposed development along Washington and Green streets that has stirred controversy for more than two years continued to do just that during a Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) community meeting Oct. 30. The proposal by developer Walter Craven calls for two buildings at 3371-3375 Washington St. and 197-201 Green St. that would have four...

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Feds: Police officer aided street gang

November 7, 2014
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Mel Steele, a former Boston police officer who worked in Jackson Square, was charged last month with making false statements to the FBI, according to a press release from the US Attorney’s Office. Steele, who was on the Boston Police Department (BPD) Youth Violence Task Force, allegedly made the false statements to the FBI...

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