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Real Estate Today: Centre St. redesign project moving again

March 28, 2014
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With a community meeting in the works and a consultant team hired, the City plans for major redesigns of Hyde and Monument Squares appear ready to start rolling again after several lengthy delays. The Centre and South Streets Streetscape and Transportation Action Plan developed general guidelines for the look and feel of the Centre/South...

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Real Estate Today: Route 39 improvement to finish next month

March 28, 2014
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The last remaining part of the Route 39 bus improvement project—the “bump-out” curb extension at the Centre Street and Seaverns Avenue stop—should be completed next month, according to MBTA spokesperson Joe Pesaturo. The “bump-out” curb extension was delayed last fall because of trouble relocating a storm drain. “The work at Centre and Seaverns is...

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Gov. candidate Berwick aims to create community

March 14, 2014
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Gov. candidate Berwick aims to create community

Don Berwick, a Democratic candidate for governor, grew up in a small town in Connecticut called Moodus, where he said he learned the value of looking out for each other. Berwick said he wants to bring that philosophy to the Governor’s Office. “We were in it together,” Berwick said about his childhood in Moodus....

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Sale of Blessed Sacrament Church finalized

March 14, 2014
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The sale of the former Blessed Sacrament Church building at 365 Centre St. from the Church Square Partners to the Hyde Square Task Force (HSTF) was finalized Feb. 28. HSTF had entered into a purchase-and-sale agreement to buy the church building in early July 2013 from the Church Square Partners, which is a partnership...

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Venta de Blessed Sacrament Church finalizada

March 14, 2014
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La venta del edificio del antiguo Blessed Sacrament Church en 365 Centre St. fue finalizada. Church Square Partners vendió el edificio a Hyde Square Task Force (HSTF). A principios de julio de 2013, HSTF había concertado un contracto de compraventa para comprar el edificio de Church Square Partners, una asociación entre Jamaica Plain Neighborhood...

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Drug lab report: 1 ‘bad actor,’ many bad mistakes

March 14, 2014
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By Peter Shanley and John Ruch/Gazette Staff A 15-month investigation by state Inspector General Glenn Cunha has found that former chemist Annie Dookhan acted alone in the state drug lab scandal of 2012, according to a final report issued March 4. While calling Dookhan the “sole bad actor” at the troubled drug lab, the...

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Affordability questioned as next Jackson Sq. project gears up

March 14, 2014
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Affordability questioned as next Jackson Sq. project gears up

As “Site III” of the Jackson Square redevelopment project gears up, residents are concerned about the issue of affordability and what it means for the neighborhood. About 35 people attended a community meeting about the project at the Julia Martin House at the Bromley-Heath housing development on March 5. Site III is vacant land...

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Senior Life: Grassroots senior services group is halfway to goal

March 14, 2014
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JP@Home, a grassroots membership group with the mission of keeping aging residents at home as long as possible, is halfway to its goal of having 100 pledges to join. The group, which is partnering with Jamaica Plain-based Ethos, was created last fall. It lets members join in a group purchase of such services as...

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Senior Life: City conducts BHA senior/disabled survey

March 14, 2014
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Senior Life: City conducts BHA senior/disabled survey

Responding to staffing and budget cuts at the Boston Housing Authority (BHA) last year, the Walsh administration is conducting a survey called “Making Connections” to see what services BHA seniors and disabled residents need. “In May of last year, the BHA eliminated its resident services program for elderly/disabled residents as a result of deep...

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Landmarks Commission future unclear

March 14, 2014
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With the Boston Landmarks Commission (BLC) involvement in a controversy last summer in Jamaica Plain, the Gazette reached out to Mayor Martin Walsh’s administration to see whether the commission will undergo any changes moving forward. But the Mayor’s Office and the BLC did not respond to requests for comment. Meanwhile, an architectural historian who...

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