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Positive reaction to Parkman/Perkins project, but a strong desire for the other phases

April 14, 2017
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Residents’ reaction was mostly positive for improvement project at the intersection of Francis Parkman Drive and Perkins Street during an April 11 meeting held by the state Department of Conservation and Recreation Department (DCR). But several attendees also pushed DCR to complete the other two parts of the parkway improvement project: Centre Street, from...

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JPNC’s Zoning Committee meeting on 3353 Washington St. project delayed

April 14, 2017
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Developer Mordechai Levin’s 3353 Washington St. project was set to appear before the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s Zoning Committee on March 22, but its appearance was postponed so the developer could continue talks with neighbors of the project. The project is slated to go before the Zoning Committee on April 12, after the Gazette...

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Q. and A. with local author Beth Castrodale

April 14, 2017
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Jamaica Plain resident Beth Castrodale will be releasing her novel “Marion Hatley,” on April 20. The Gazette conducted a question-and-answer session through email with her about the book. (The session has been edited.) For more information about the book, visit bethcastrodale.com. Q.: Where did the name Marion Hatley come from? What is the significance...

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Lawsuit filed over 64 Allandale St. project

March 24, 2017
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A group of abutters to the 64 Allandale St. project have filed a lawsuit in the Suffolk County Court against the City’s Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) and Wonder Group, LLC over the variances that were granted for the proposal. The lawsuit seeks to have the variances granted annulled and the cost of attorney’s...

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City proposes $1.7 million renovation of Parkman Playground

March 24, 2017
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The City is proposing a $1.7 million renovation of the Francis Parkman Playground on Wachusett Street, according to Boston Parks and Recreation Department spokesperson Ryan Woods. The project is in the initial stages with the City collecting input from local residents, most recently during a community meeting on March 16. Woods said that construction...

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Q. and A. with local author Gustaf Berger

March 24, 2017
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Gustaf Berger recently finished penning his novel, “Death Postponed,” which was released earlier this year. The Gazette conducted a question-and-answer session through email with Berger about the book. (The session has been edited.) For more information about the book, visit gustafberger.com. Q: In your column in the March 10 issue of the Gazette you...

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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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