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Poff leaving FPC

September 25, 2015
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Christine Poff, executive director of the Franklin Park Coalition (FPC), is leaving the organization after leading it for more than a decade, according to an email blast sent by FPC. FPC is a nonprofit group that helps maintain the park. Poff did not respond to a request for comment. “It has been such a...

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Q. and A. with author Diane Fraser

September 25, 2015
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Q. and A. with author Diane Fraser

Jamaica Plain resident Diane Fraser recently wrote her first book, “Growing Up Superheroes, The Extraordinary Adventures of Deihlia Nye,” which came out earlier this year. The Gazette conducted a question-and-answer session with her through email about the new book. (The session has been edited.) The book is available at Trident Books and on Amazon.com....

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Real Estate Today: ZBA approves 3200 Washington St. project

September 25, 2015
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The contentious 3200 Washington project cleared another hurdle on Sept. 15, as the City’s Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) approved the variances the project needs, according to the ZBA Office. The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) gave the project the green light last month, despite the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council voting against the proposal and...

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Real Estate Today: Zoning Committee review of Amory St. project delayed until October

September 25, 2015
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The mixed-use building project at 450-456 Amory St. will appear before the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s Zoning Committee sometime in October after being pulled from the Sept. 2 meeting agenda at the request of the developer, according to Dave Baron of the Zoning Committee. Local developer Chris DeSisto’s plan for 450-456 Amory St. calls...

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Campbell, Jackson top vote getters in preliminary election

September 11, 2015
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District 4 City Councilor Charles Yancey’s longtime tenure might be in jeopardy after being topped by Andrea Campbell in the City’s preliminary election on Sept. 8, according to unofficial City results. Meanwhile, District 7 City Councilor Tito Jackson cruised to a first-place finish. Districts 4 and 7 were the only competitive races in the...

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DCR to hold meetings on parks and parkways; unknowns abound

September 11, 2015
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The state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will hold a series of meetings on improving safety and access for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists to the parklands and parkways of the Emerald Necklace in Jamaica Plain, but more unknowns than knowns surround the effort. It is unclear how past efforts factor into the current...

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Taste of JP returns at a new location

September 11, 2015
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The nonprofit ESAC will host the 20th annual Taste of JP on Sept. 17 at a new location, the Franklin Park Zoo. The event will allow guests to sample the offerings of more than 10 local restaurants. Taste of JP is a major fundraiser for ESAC, a social service agency that moved to Dorchester...

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75 Amory Ave. project to begin construction soon

September 11, 2015
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) hopes to begin construction on the low-income apartment project at 75 Amory Ave. by the end of September, according to spokesperson Sally Swenson. JPNDC secured funding for the project about a year ago. The nonprofit community development corporation is part of Jackson Square Partners, a coalition of...

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Heath St. project heads to local council review

September 11, 2015
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) plans to present its $16.4 million affordable rental development proposal to the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s Housing and Development Committee on Sept. 15 and the Zoning Committee in October, according to spokesperson Sally Swenson. The proposed development would be built on City-owned land formed by the triangle...

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Split BRA board approves controversial 3200 Washington St. project

August 28, 2015
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) board approved the 3200 Washington St. project during its Aug. 13, according to spokesperson Nick Martin. The vote was 3 to 2. The project has been a source of controversy in the neighborhood. The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council voted against the proposal and a grassroots group held several demonstrations,...

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