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Casey project going out to bid tomorrow

April 11, 2014
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FOREST HILLS– The massive state Department of Transportation (MassDOT) project to demolish the Casey Overpass and replace it with an at-grade street network will be going out to bid tomorrow, April 12, following Massachusetts Historic Commission (MHC) review of the plan to turn Shea Circle into a signalized intersection called Shea Square. A draft...

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Casey project moves ahead; Shea Sq. approved

April 11, 2014
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After months of delays, the Casey Arborway project is heading out to construction bids following state approval to turn the Shea Circle rotary into an intersection. A Massachusetts Historic Commission (MHC) review of the “Shea Square” plan held up the Casey project. At an April 4 meeting, the MHC announced there is no “prudent...

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Car lot project gets major revisions

April 11, 2014
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Car lot project gets major revisions

STONYBROOK—Three years after it was first proposed, a stalled mixed-use development on Washington Street has been revived with major changes, following the discovery of hazardous chemicals on the site in 2011. The project proposed for the former Flanagan & Seaton Motor Car Company location at 3521-3529 Washington St. is now planned to include a...

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Researcher: Whole Foods ‘decimated’ JP Latino culture

April 11, 2014
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An upcoming academic study on Whole Foods Market’s impact on Jamaica Plain’s Hyde Square will report that the upscale grocer’s arrival “decimated” the Latino community’s “cultural ecology,” its lead researcher told the Gazette. The sociology study, titled “Gentrification and Representation: Hi-Lo, Whole Foods and Latinos in Jamaica Plain,” is being conducted by researchers at...

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Investigador: Whole Foods ‘diezmó’ la cultura latina en JP

April 11, 2014
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Un inminente proyecto de estudio sobre el impacto de Whole Foods Market en Hyde Square revelará que la llegada del supermercado de lujo “diezmó” la “ecología cultural” de la comunidad latina, dijo el investigador principal al Gazette. El estudio sociológico titulado “Gentrification and Representation: Hi-Lo, Whole Foods and Latinos in Jamaica Plain,” se realiza...

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Bus yard demo leaves hole in plans

April 11, 2014
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FOREST HILLS—Despite the MBTA’s surprise plan to demolish the soon-to-be vacant 500 Arborway office building this year, the plans for the overdue Arborway Yard bus facility have not been revised to reflect that major change. The 500 Arborway building demolition leaves a hole in the center of the planned bus facility, and there is...

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U.K. café chain looks at JP location

April 11, 2014
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A U.K.-based coffee franchise is looking to open one of its first U.S. locations in Jamaica Plain. Caffè Nero, similar to Starbucks or Au Bon Pain, is planning on opening its first American store at 733 Centre St., the former home of the Commonwealth Bank, according Centre/South Main Streets Executive Director Andrew Zarro. “I...

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Rangers Mounted Unit tries to avoid sunset ride

April 11, 2014
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The Boston Park Rangers Mounted Unit—stabled at Franklin Park—is once again trying to avoid a sunset ride into retirement. A fundraiser and auction, organized by the Friends of the Boston Park Rangers Mounted Unit, is aiming to keeping the horses on the force for another year by raising $25,000 by the end of the...

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JPNC chair seeks Forest Hills development committee

April 11, 2014
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Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) Chair Kevin Moloney and member Bernard Doherty want to form a council committee to give Forest Hills-area residents a forum to discuss the numerous developments in that area. But some residents say that Doherty and Moloney are exceeding their authority and trying to reopen debate on the Casey Arborway...

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City seizes apartments, plans affordable housing

April 11, 2014
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City seizes apartments, plans affordable housing

The City is seizing a six-unit apartment building on Montebello Road for back taxes and will likely turn it into affordable housing, the Gazette has learned. The long-vacant building at 52 Montebello Road is in the midst of being seized by the City for over $250,000 in unpaid taxes. Four units have already been...

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