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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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Cuadra de Egleston posible sitio para proyecto masivo multiuso

July 18, 2014
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Cuadra de Egleston posible sitio para proyecto masivo multiuso

EGLESTON SQ.— Se quiere convertir una cuadra de Washington Street que incluye una compañía de plomería y un garaje en una instalación eficiente multiuso. Según su abogado Joe Hanley de McDermott, Quilty & Miller, los diseñadores Dan Mangiacotta y Paul Iantosca buscan convertir la cuadra en 3190-3204 de Washington Street — entre las calles...

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JP BAPA joins chain café opposition

July 18, 2014
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Following in the footsteps of other JP business organizations, the Jamaica Plain Business and Professional Association (JP BAPA) has penned a letter of opposition to the opening of a U.K.-based coffee franchise on Centre Street. Caffè Nero is planning on opening its second American location at 733 Centre St., the former home of the...

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First Thursday is booming

July 18, 2014
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The monthly “First Thursday” neighborhood art walk has reached its highest level of participation ever, Centre/South Main Streets (CSMS) Executive Director Andrew Zarro told the Gazette. Participation is up to about 50 businesses from 12 when Zarro took the helm in late 2012. “The program was dead,” and there had even been conversations about...

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500 Arborway demo delayed

July 18, 2014
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Demolition of the recently vacated MBTA building at 500 Arborway will not happen this summer as previously announced. Instead, bids for the project will go out in the fall, according to MBTA spokesperson Joe Pesaturo. No specific demolition dates are yet known. The MBTA usually takes two to three months to select a contractor,...

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