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Update on James’s Gate projects

March 10, 2017
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The Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) design review staff has signed off on the 14-16 McBride St. project, but is still looking at the 5 McBride St. project, which is the site of the of former James’s Gate bar, according to BPDA spokesperson Bonnie McGilpin. Site work has already begun at 14-16 McBride...

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JPNC seeks meeting, leadership from governor over parkway project

February 24, 2017
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council has sent a Feb. 13 letter to Gov. Charlie Baker requesting a meeting and asking for his leadership to get the long-awaited parkway improvement project started. The letter, which is written by JPNC Chair Kevin Moloney, criticizes the state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Commissioner Leo Roy for...

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JP civic groups want answers on Centre/South project

February 24, 2017
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Five Jamaica Plain civic groups have signed a letter requesting a meeting with Mayor Martin Walsh and asking that the City fully fund the Centre/South streets improvement project. Asked for comment on the letter and whether the mayor will meet with the groups, the Mayor’s Office replied, “The City values community input and feedback...

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Teachers, students take field trip to Cuba

February 24, 2017
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A group of students and teachers from Margarita Muñiz Academy in Jamaica Plain are currently on a ten-day trip in Cuba where the itinerary includes visiting the family of the school’s namesake. Margarita Muñiz was the former principal of Egleston Square’s Rafael Hernandez School who died in 2011 after a long battle with cancer....

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City announces funding for affordable housing, including two JP projects

February 24, 2017
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The City announced on Feb. 14 about $22 million in funding for ten affordable housing developments across Boston, including two proposed developments in Jamaica Plain, according to a press release. The two projects are the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation’s 25 Amory St. project, which calls for a four-story building with 44 affordable units,...

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BPDA board vote on Plan: JP/Rox delayed

February 24, 2017
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The Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) board vote was delayed until March 2 after the board’s original meeting on Feb. 9 was canceled because of weather. The BPDA board will review the plan and will likely approve it. The BPDA staff only submits material to the board when they consider the plans ready...

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Neighbors of Bicon Dental sue over company’s occupancy permit

February 24, 2017
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FOREST HILLS—The long battle between Bicon Dental Implants and its neighbors is continuing, as the Gazette has learned that members of the Yale Terrace Neighborhood Association has a lawsuit in Suffolk Superior Court against the Bicon’s property-owning branch, Debbie LLC, and the City’s Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) over Bicon’s occupancy permit. The defendants...

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Plan: JP/Rox study heads to BPDA board; opposition remains

February 10, 2017
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The Plan: JP/Rox study is slated to go before the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) board during its next meeting, but neighborhood groups continue to draw issues with the current proposal. The BPDA board will review the plan during its March 2 meeting and will likely approve it. The BPDA staff only submits...

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City Realty’s Washington St. project to start construction in fall

February 10, 2017
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Construction will begin on City Realty’s 3193 Washington St. sometime this fall, according City Realty spokesperson Andrew Scherding. Construction is expected to take 12 months. The City’s Zoning Board of Appeals granted variances for the project last month despite the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council recommending that the project be denied. Dave Baron, chair of...

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Stonybrook’s Slow Streets program in ‘final stages’

February 10, 2017
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The Stonybrook neighborhood’s Slow Streets program is in the “final stages” of design and will be implemented sometime this year, according to Boston Transportation Department (BTD) spokesperson Tracey Ganiatsos. The Slow Streets program is part of the City’s Vision Zero project, which is a commitment of resources to eliminating fatal and serious traffic crashes...

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