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Urban Edge breaks ground on new project

December 6, 2013
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JACKSON SQ.—Urban Edge, a nonprofit community development corporation, recently broke ground on the Jackson Commons project, an expansion of the its building at 1542 Columbus Ave. When completed, Jackson Commons will be a three-story, 23,600-square-foot building with 37 affordable-housing units, 10,000 square feet of office space and 2,000 square feet of retail space. “It’s...

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Holidays in JP: Samuel Adams releases annual ‘Utopias’ beer

December 6, 2013
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Holidays in JP: Samuel Adams releases annual ‘Utopias’ beer

The holiday season has arrived, and with it, the pressure of buying gifts. If you want to relieve that stress and maybe buy a present for that someone special, the JP-based Samuel Adams Brewery recently released its annual batch of barrel-aged Utopias beer. This year’s beer is a blend between Utopias and the brewer’s...

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Holidays in JP: Tree lightings to be held Dec. 7

December 6, 2013
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Three holiday events will take place in Jamaica Plain tomorrow, Dec. 7, according to the City. Egleston Square will host a tree-lighting event from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., while the Mayor’s Trolley Tour—featuring Mayor Thomas Menino and entertainment—will stop at Monument Square and Hyde Square. The Egleston event will be held at the...

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Hyde Square eatery hires new chef

December 6, 2013
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HYDE SQ.—Centre Street Sanctuary, a restaurant in Hyde Square, has hired a new chef, Timothy Hopkins, according to owner Adam Rutstein. The name Sanctuary plays off the fact that the restaurant is located at 365 Centre St., on the campus of the former Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. The restaurant opened last spring. “We are...

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Centre/South Main Streets has new director

December 6, 2013
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Centre/South Main Streets has new director

Jamaica Plain’s Centre/South Main Streets (CSMS), a business promotion organization, has a new executive director, Andrew Zarro, which further stabilizes the organization after a tumultuous period. CSMS is rebounding from late 2012 and the beginning of this year, when the organization saw a change of leadership and had its nonprofit status revoked. CSMS eventually...

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Hubway a profit-maker for City, bike company

November 22, 2013
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The Hubway bike-share system is a profit-maker for the City and the Oregon company that operates it, a Gazette review of the program’s finances has found. For the fiscal year 2012, the City collected $173,835 in profit, all of which was funneled back into expanding the system, according to Boston Bikes Director Nicole Freedman....

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Primera fase del desarrollo de Jackson terminada

November 22, 2013
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Primera fase del desarrollo de Jackson terminada

JACKSON SQ.— El edificio multiuso de 225 Centre Street—la primera fase de la renovación de Jackson Square—ha sido construido. El edificio con su etiqueta de $52 millones tiene 103 apartamentos, incluso 35 de bajo ingreso, y un piso de venta al público, aunque todavía no han seleccionado las tiendas. Mientras tanto, el agente inmobiliario...

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1st Jackson Sq. redevelopment project completed

November 22, 2013
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1st Jackson Sq. redevelopment project completed

JACKSON SQ.—The $52 million mixed-use development at 225 Centre St.—the first phase in the redevelopment of Jackson Square—has finished construction. The development has 103 apartments, including 35 affordable housing units, and retail space, though no stores have been selected yet. Meanwhile, the developer for the project said some residential- and minority-hiring goals were met...

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Walsh won the JP vote

November 22, 2013
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Mayor-Elect Marty Walsh, who placed fifth in the Jamaica Plain vote during the preliminary election in September, bounced back to be the neighborhood’s top vote-getter in the Nov. 5 general election. The reversal may lay at the feet of At-Large City Councilor Felix Arroyo. The Jamaica Plain resident was a former rival who endorsed...

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Nonprofit steers students to JP apprenticeships

November 22, 2013
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Nonprofit steers students to JP apprenticeships

When Helen Russell asks eighth-graders what they want to do for a living as adults, they usually respond about working at a video game or sneaker store. Russell, who heads the Jamaica Plain-based nonprofit Apprentice Learning, runs a program that she said prepares students for a vocation with more of a career arc. It...

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