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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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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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