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AG: BPDA board violated Open Meeting Law during Plan: JP/Rox vote

March 23, 2018
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The state Attorney General (AG) Office has found that the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) board violated the Open Meeting Law during its meeting last March when it voted on the Plan: JP/Rox study. But the AG’s Office did clear the BPDA board on several other allegations regarding violating the Open Meeting Law...

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DCR dog park search continues at glacial pace

March 23, 2018
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The state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) is continuing its glacial pace at determining if and when Jamaica Plain will get an off-leash dog park within the Southwest Corridor Park. Jamaica Plain had an unofficial dog park at Beecher Street Park before the City shut it down in the summer of 2016, due...

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Real Estate Today: City conveys land to Urban Edge for rec center

March 23, 2018
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The City recently conveyed 1 Ritchie St. to Urban Edge, which the community development corporation will use for the proposed Jackson Square Recreation Center. Urban Edge paid the City a nominal price of $100 for the 5,970-square-foot land. “We are very excited that Urban Edge has been selected as the developer for this important...

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Real Estate Today: Zoning Committee, ZBA gives green light to portion of 125 Amory St. project

March 23, 2018
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s Zoning Committee and the City’s Zoning Board of Appeals recently gave 137 Amory St., which is building C of the 125 Amory St. project, the green light to move forward. The 125 Amory St. redevelopment project is proposed by Amory Street Partners, LLC, which is a partnership between The...

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Officials, residents respond to Shattuck Hospital closing

March 9, 2018
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With the news that the Lemuel Shattuck Hospital will be closing by 2021 and its operations moving to the South End, the Gazette spoke with local elected officials and residents to get their take on the situation. The Shattuck Hospital is located at 170 Morton St., next to Franklin Park. It is a multi-service...

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Senior Life: Q. and A. with local filmmaker Lisa Pontoppidan

March 9, 2018
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Jamaica Plain filmmaker Lisa Pontoppidan has a knack for capturing a story and she is using that talent to allow older generations to leave memories and histories to loved ones, family members, and others who will follow them. Pontoppidan is doing that through her organization Personal Story Films, which creates personal documentaries. The Gazette...

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BPDA delays Plan: JP/Rox, pending transportation plan

February 23, 2018
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The Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) is delaying the zoning review process of the Plan: JP/Rox until after a transportation plan for that area is completed, according to BPDA spokesperson Bonnie McGilpin. The head of a local neighborhood organization is raising concern over that delay. Plan: JP/Rox is the long-awaited planning study for...

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BPDA approves 125 Amory St. dev.; project receives City affordable-housing funds

February 23, 2018
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The Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) board during its Feb. 8 meeting approved the 125 Amory St. Meanwhile, the City announced that a portion of the project will receive affordable-housing funds. The 125 Amory St. redevelopment project is proposed by Amory Street Partners, LLC, which is a partnership between The Community Builders, Jamaica...

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O’Malley tackling curbside composting again

February 23, 2018
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Jamaica Plain City Councilor Matt O’Malley is tackling curbside composting once again and says the neighborhood is an “ideal” candidate for a pilot program. O’Malley with City Councilor Ayanna Pressley recently refiled a hearing order on the feasibility of implementing a curbside composting program in the city. O’Malley has filed a hearing order on...

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Lease agreement reached between City Realty, Washington St. business

February 23, 2018
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City Realty and De Chain Auto Service have reached a lease agreement, while negotiations are inching to a conclusion between City Realty and El Embajador Dominican Restaurant, according to Jamaica Plain City Councilor Matt O’Malley. El Embajador Dominican Restaurant, which is located at 3371 Washington St., and De Chain Auto Service, which is located...

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