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Group to host JP library fundraiser

March 24, 2017
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With the renovated Jamaica Plain Branch Library slated to reopen sometime in mid to late May, the library’s “friends” group will host a fundraiser on May 5. Gretchen Grozier, co-chair of the Friends of the JP Branch Library, said in a phone interview that the fundraiser will help support new programs in the renovated...

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ZBA hearing on 25 Amory St. delayed

March 24, 2017
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The City’s Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) hearing on the 25 Amory St. project has been postponed until April 25, according to Inspectional Services Department (ISD) spokesperson Lisa Timberlake. ISD oversees the ZBA. The project, which is being proposed by the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation, was expected to go before the ZBA on...

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DCR called out for slow action on parkway project

March 24, 2017
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The state Department of Conservation and Recreation Department (DCR) is being called out for the slow action on the parkway improvement project. Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council chair Kevin Moloney said a recent meeting about the project with DCR Commissioner Leo Roy went “from disappointing to frustrating,” while local state Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez said the...

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BPDA approves rec center changes

March 24, 2017
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The Boston Planning and Development Agency board during its March 16 meeting approved the changes to the Jackson Square Recreation Center. Jackson Square Partners filed a notice of project change (NPC) with the BPDA for the Jackson Square Recreation Center late last year. About 11 acres of land in Jackson Square is being redeveloped...

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Despite continued opposition, BPDA board approves Plan: JP/Rox study

March 10, 2017
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Despite continued and vocal opposition, the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) board during its March 2 meeting approved the Plan: JP/Rox study by a 4-1 vote. Board members Timothy Burke, Carol Downs, Michael Monahan, and Ted Landsmark voted to approve, while Priscilla Rojas was the lone dissenting tally. Plan: JP/Rox is the long-awaited...

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Citing construction market conditions, developers of Goddard House proposal reduce project

March 10, 2017
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The development team behind the Goddard House proposal is reducing the project by 18 units, citing “significant financial challenges posed by the current construction market,” according to documents filed with the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA). BPDA is slated to host an impact advisory group (IAG) meeting on March 13 for the changes....

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JPNC to meet with DCR head over parkway project

March 10, 2017
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The state Department of Conservation and Recreation Department (DCR) Commissioner Leo Roy is slated to meet with the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) and others to discuss the long-awaited parkway improvement project, according to JPNC Kevin Moloney. The meeting is expected to take place March 8, after the Gazette deadline. The gathering, which is...

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3353 Washington St. project heads to JPNC’s Zoning Committee

March 10, 2017
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Developer Mordechai Levin’s 3353 Washington St. project is set to appear before the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s Zoning Committee on March 22, according to the agenda for the meeting. The meeting will take place at 90 South St. at 7 p.m. Levin has proposed an $18 million mixed-use development at the intersection of Washington...

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Hyde Square eatery closes

March 10, 2017
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The Aurum Restaurant, a diner in Hyde Square known for its calzone-like hand pies, has closed, according to a post by owner Matt Virzi on the restaurant’s Facebook page. “I can’t tell you enough how much I appreciate your patronage over the last 3 years,” he wrote in the post, “but I have decided...

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JPNC gives nod to affordable-housing development

March 10, 2017
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) voted during its Feb. 28 meeting to approve Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC)’s plan to construct a 100 percent affordable development in Jackson Square at 25 Amory St., according to JPNC Chair Kevin Moloney. The project is expected to go before the City’s Zoning Board of Appeals...

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