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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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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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Real Estate Today: ZBA approves 3200 Washington St. project

September 25, 2015
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The contentious 3200 Washington project cleared another hurdle on Sept. 15, as the City’s Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) approved the variances the project needs, according to the ZBA Office. The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) gave the project the green light last month, despite the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council voting against the proposal and...

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Real Estate Today: Zoning Committee review of Amory St. project delayed until October

September 25, 2015
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The mixed-use building project at 450-456 Amory St. will appear before the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s Zoning Committee sometime in October after being pulled from the Sept. 2 meeting agenda at the request of the developer, according to Dave Baron of the Zoning Committee. Local developer Chris DeSisto’s plan for 450-456 Amory St. calls...

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Campbell, Jackson top vote getters in preliminary election

September 11, 2015
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District 4 City Councilor Charles Yancey’s longtime tenure might be in jeopardy after being topped by Andrea Campbell in the City’s preliminary election on Sept. 8, according to unofficial City results. Meanwhile, District 7 City Councilor Tito Jackson cruised to a first-place finish. Districts 4 and 7 were the only competitive races in the...

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DCR to hold meetings on parks and parkways; unknowns abound

September 11, 2015
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The state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will hold a series of meetings on improving safety and access for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists to the parklands and parkways of the Emerald Necklace in Jamaica Plain, but more unknowns than knowns surround the effort. It is unclear how past efforts factor into the current...

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Taste of JP returns at a new location

September 11, 2015
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The nonprofit ESAC will host the 20th annual Taste of JP on Sept. 17 at a new location, the Franklin Park Zoo. The event will allow guests to sample the offerings of more than 10 local restaurants. Taste of JP is a major fundraiser for ESAC, a social service agency that moved to Dorchester...

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