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South Street Youth Center gets new director

July 3, 2015
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Corey Stallings, the new director of the South Street Youth Center.  (Courtesy Photo)

The South Street Youth Center (SSYC), which operates out of the South Street Apartments, a public housing development, has a new director who looks to bring his digital media experience to the organization. “It is a great opportunity to work in the community,” said Corey Stallings about recently becoming SSYC’s director. He said his...

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JPNC votes down 3200 Washington St. proposal

July 3, 2015
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JPNC votes down 3200 Washington St. proposal

The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) last month voted 11 to 3 with 1 abstention to request the City to deny variances for the proposed development at 3200 Washington St. The council cited in its vote a failure for the developer to resolve residents’ concerns. The 3200 Washington project has been the target of...

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JP resident criticizes DCR over lack of crosswalk

July 3, 2015
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PONDSIDE—A Jamaica Plain resident is criticizing the state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) for dragging its feet over installing a crosswalk on Perkins Street. That proposed crosswalk is part of a plan to improve access to Jamaica Pond at the intersection of Perkins Street and Francis Parkman Drive. DCR held a community meeting...

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City: Bicon has necessary permits

July 3, 2015
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FOREST HILLS—The City is saying that Bicon Dental Implants has the required permits it needs to be operating, but the Yale Terrace Neighborhood Association is continuing to dispute that. Bicon, a 501 Arborway company, has stirred controversy in the area by demolishing a 19th century house at 21 Yale Terrace for a new development....

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JP gives hostile reception to Olympics

July 1, 2015
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JP gives hostile reception to Olympics

Most attendees at Jamaica Plain’s latest City-sponsored Boston 2024 meeting on June 30 did not welcome the idea of bringing the Olympics to Boston with open arms. Instead, they barraged City officials with concerns ranging from security to the legacy of parks to an unwillingness to listen to the opposition. More than 250 people...

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Author questions Olympics numbers

June 19, 2015
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The economics of hosting the Olympics are often a rosy picture painted by a bidding group that fades away with time, according to Smith College economics professor and noted Olympic critic Andrew Zimbalist at a June 15 Jamaica Plain event. Zimbalist’s JP visit was based on his new book “Circus Maximus: The Economic Gamble...

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Goddard House to turn into residential units

June 19, 2015
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Goddard House to turn into residential units

The former Goddard House nursing home at 201 S. Huntington Ave. will be redeveloped into a 169-unit residential development. The Goddard House controversially ceased operations on Sept. 8, 2012 and has remained vacant. The enormous brick building was constructed in 1927 and housed about 100 seniors. The project, proposed by Eden Properties and Samuels...

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Residents complain of overpass demo noise

June 19, 2015
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Some local residents are complaining about the noisy nighttime demolition of the Casey Overpass. Forest Hills resident Ted Kehoe is among the residents who have emailed the Gazette to take issue with the demolition. “I live on Tower Street in Forest Hills,” he said. “Tonight is the second night of overnight Casey Overpass bridge...

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Zoning Committee approves South St. dev.

June 19, 2015
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s Zoning Committee voted earlier this month to approve Croan McCormack’s planned renovation of 108-110 South St. The City’s Zoning Board of Appeals’ Office said a hearing date has not been scheduled for the project. McCormack plans to renovate 108-110 South St. into a four-unit apartment building, while retaining the...

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JP Pets: Dog park demand still high; number still low

June 19, 2015
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The demand for off-leash dog parks in Jamaica Plain remains high, as a walk through the Arnold Arboretum shows, but the options for owners are slim and don’t look promising anytime soon. The current options for JP dog owners are a community-organized and -maintained off-leash dog park on City land on Beecher Street and...

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