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Local architects build ‘supergreen’ dream house

August 1, 2014
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Local architects build ‘supergreen’ dream house

WOODBOURNE—Architects Hansy Better Barraza and Anthony Piermarini love their corner of Jamaica Plain so much, they recently built their “supergreen” dream house there. They were inspired to make the 1B Meyer St. house highly energy efficient because of a nearby City-sponsored green housing project around the corner on Catherine Street. Another well-known energy-efficient home,...

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Plan en Egleston recibe opiniones del público

August 1, 2014
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EGLESTON SQ.— En una reunión en Egleston Square Neighborhood Association (ESNA) el 23 de julio, unos diseñadores revelaron su plan para convertir una manzana en Washington Street en un edificio multiuso de 82 pies de altura, con 76 departamentos. La mayor preocupación de los 50 asistentes fue la asequibilidad. Los diseñadores Dan Mangiacotta y...

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Egleston Sq. block plan gets 1st local input

August 1, 2014
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EGLESTON SQ.—A mixed-use building up to 82 feet high, with 76 housing units, is the early plan for redeveloping a Washington Street block, developers said at a July 23 Egleston Square Neighborhood Association (ESNA) meeting. Affordability was a big community concern expressed at the meeting, which drew about 50 people. Developers Dan Mangiacotti and...

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Heath St. DND parcels going to RFP

August 1, 2014
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JACKSON SQ.—A request for proposals to redevelopment 10 City-owned parcels along Heath Street will likely be issued this month, with a preference for “deeply affordable” residential units clearly expressed. The City’s Department of Neighborhood Development has held three community meetings and a site tour about the contiguous parcels at 9-21 Bromley St., 894-908 Parker...

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South St. office-to-houses project shot down

August 1, 2014
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In a decision that a developer’s representative called “unbelievable,” the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) Zoning Committee on July 16 voted to oppose the redevelopment of 71 South St. into four new apartments. The owner and developer, Peter Fenn, spent almost two years in negotiation with the neighbors before reaching a compromise of four...

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Curley Field

August 1, 2014
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Curley Field

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Inside JP Licks’ ice cream kitchen

August 1, 2014
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Inside JP Licks’ ice cream kitchen

While you’re grabbing a cone at the JP Licks counter, the little-known kitchen is whipping up the ice cream and experimenting with new flavors. The kitchen in the company headquarters at 659 Centre St. makes at least 1,500 gallons of ice cream a day to sell there and at the 12 other branches around...

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JP writer masks identity to publish crime novel

August 1, 2014
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JP writer masks identity to publish crime novel

A Jamaica Plain-based author released a pulp-fiction crime thriller last year under a pen name, due to its “dark scenes.” Going by J.M. Taylor, the author of “Night of the Furies” works as a secondary English teacher in a neighboring suburb. The Gazette agreed to keep his real identity secret. “I wouldn’t want my...

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New beetle infestation pesters Arboretum

July 30, 2014
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Jamaica Plain is facing another infestation of a tree-killing beetle, just months after the end of a multi-year quarantine related to a different insect. A single specimen of the emerald ash borer (EAB) beetle was found in a trap at the Arnold Arboretum on July 16, and was confirmed by federal officials on July...

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Egleston block eyed for massive mixed-use project

July 18, 2014
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Egleston block eyed for massive mixed-use project

EGLESTON SQ.—A block of Washington Street that includes former plumbing company and car garage is being eyed for an energy-efficient, mixed-use development. Developers Dan Mangiacotti and Paul Iantosca are looking to redevelop the 3190-3204 block of Washington Street, between Montebello and Iffley roads, into ground-level retail and housing with “some sustainability and energy conservation...

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