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ZBA approves 1785 Columbus Ave. project

June 23, 2017
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The City’s Zoning Board of Appeals during a hearing last month approved the 1785 Columbus Ave. project, according to Inspectional Services Department (ISD) spokesperson Lisa Timberlake. ISD oversees the ZBA. The developer for the project is Horizons Watermark LLC, which is a joint venture between Horizons for Homeless Children and Watermark Development Inc. Horizons...

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Forest Hills project heads to ZBA

June 23, 2017
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“The Residences at Forest Hills” project will appear before the City’s Zoning Board of Appeals on June 27, according to Inspectional Services Department spokesperson Lisa Timberlake. ISD oversees the ZBA. “The Residences at Forest Hills” was submitted to Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) last year in a project notification form (PNF) by Criterion...

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Q. and A. with homework mentor Mollie Ockene

June 23, 2017
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Mollie Ockene, a senior in high school, recently wrapped up a three-year stint as a homework mentor at the Connolly Branch of the Boston Public Library (BPL). The Gazette conducted a question-and-answer session through email with Ockene to discuss the program and her time as a mentor. (The session has been edited.) Q.: When/why...

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Parkman/Perkins improvement project heads to BCC

June 23, 2017
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The state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) has submitted its notice of intent to the Boston Conservation Commission (BCC) for its improvement project at the intersection of Francis Parkman Drive and Perkins Street. BCC is expected to review the project during its July 5 meeting. DCR held a meeting in Jamaica Plain on...

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Hearing date set for motion to dismiss 64 Allandale St. lawsuit

June 9, 2017
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A hearing date has been set for the City’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit by a group of abutters over the 64 Allandale St. project, according to a court document. The hearing is slated to take place Sept. 7 at 2 p.m. at the Suffolk County Superior Court before Judge Rosemary Connolly, according to...

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Tea bar to celebrate one-year anniversary

June 9, 2017
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Tea Bar by Evy, a cold brew tea bar located at 253 Amory St., will host a one-year anniversary event on June 17. The event, which will go from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., will also feature the launch of a new mobile tea bar, which is a converted 1976 Airstream. “It is so...

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Q. and A. with local musician Maria Finkelmeier

June 9, 2017
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Jamaica Plain resident Maria Finkelmeier, who is an internationally-recognized percussion performer, was recently selected by the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum to be the next Polly Thayer Starr Artist Series guest artist. The program supports artists in the Boston area by providing them with opportunities to develop artistic experiences and to run workshops for visitors at...

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Two local residents open up JP brewery

May 26, 2017
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Two local residents are hearkening back to Jamaica Plain’s past and are opening up a brewery in the neighborhood called Turtle Swamp Brewing at 3377 Washington St. When the Gazette asked Nicholas Walther, who is co-owner of the brewery with John Lincecum, what prompted them to start the venture in JP, he kidded, “Insanity....

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JPNC’s Zoning Committee gives a thump up for Forest Hills project

May 26, 2017
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s Zoning Committee during its May 17 meeting voted to recommend for approval “The Residences at Forest Hills” project at 3694 Washington St., according to committee chair Dave Baron. “The Residences at Forest Hills” was submitted to Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) last year in a project notification form...

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BPDA board approves 5 McBride St. affordable-housing agreement

May 26, 2017
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The Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) board during its May 11 meeting approved an affordable-housing agreement with the developer of the 5 McBride St. project, according to BPDA spokesperson Bonnie McGilpin. Developer Stephen Ballas has plans for an 11-unit, mixed-use project at 5 McBride St., the former home of the popular Irish bar...

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