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BTD eyeing Forest Hills construction traffic

January 16, 2015
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The Boston Transportation Department (BTD) will be ready to deal with the traffic fallout from three major construction projects expected to be underway in the Forest Hills area by spring. BTD Deputy Commissioner Jim Gillooly, who lives in Hyde Park and passes through the Forest Hills area daily, spoke with the Gazette last week....

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Casey prep work could begin next week

January 16, 2015
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Prep work on the Casey Arborway project is likely to start next week, according to the state Department of Transportation (MassDOT). However, demolition of the existing Casey Overpass is still at least a “few weeks” away, according to planners. An email sent by MassDOT earlier this week says that Casey contractor Barletta Heavy Division...

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Parcel U housing approved by BRA

January 16, 2015
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FOREST HILLS—Urbanica and its development partners were approved to develop 124 units of housing at Parcel U, just south of the Forest Hills T Station, by the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) last month. Working as JP Parcel U, LLC and The Community Builders, the developers will create 76 rental units and 48 condo units...

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BAPA announces holiday window winners

January 16, 2015
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The Jamaica Plain Business & Professional Association (JP BAPA) chose 13 winners in its annual holiday window decorating competition, with On Centre at 676 Centre St. taking top prize of $50. Ninety-three businesses in the Centre and South streets shopping district —10 more than last year—were seen to have decorations and were awarded points...

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Park area clear-cut without input

January 16, 2015
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Park area clear-cut without input

The MBTA cleared the proposed Southwest Corridor Park (SWCP) Greenway Extension of nearly all its trees last month, without input from neighbors working to officially add that area to the SWCP. The MBTA told the Gazette that the clear-cutting was necessary to survey the land for park expansion. Taking advantage of two major developments...

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Nonprofit developers hope to build 40 units on Heath St. parcels

January 16, 2015
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Two nonprofit developers specializing in affordable housing—the Back of the Hill Community Development Corporation (BOTH CDC) and the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC)—presented a draft plan to develop about 40 housing units in a four-story building on City-owned parcels on Heath Street. The two organizations—which previously co-developed the Back of the Hill housing—...

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JP History: The Boston Public Library in JP

January 16, 2015
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The Connolly Branch—then still called the Boylston Branch—leased 816 square feet for a reading room, shown in this photo. The limestone building on Centre Street opened in 1932. (Photo Courtesy Boston Public Library)

The Boston Public Library (BPL) has been bringing literary joy to Jamaica Plain since 1876, from reading rooms and book depositories, to the first neighborhood branch, to a massive upcoming renovation. The Jamaica Plain Branch began its life in 1876, as a small Reading Room in Curtis Hall at 20 South St., with books...

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JP History: This Week in JP History

January 16, 2015
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The Gazette’s top headlines from this week in JP history: 5 years ago: 2010 “JP man charged with New Year’s hate crime” A Jamaica Plain man, Herbert A. Malloy of Weld Hill St., was charged with a hate crime after allegedly attacking a local lesbian couple for holding hands and kissing on Weld Hill...

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Green energy firm to pay $4m settlement

January 16, 2015
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Utility company Just Energy, who tried to sign up Jamaica Plain customers in 2010, has agreed to pay $4 million to settle allegations of deceptive marketing. Attorney General Martha Coakley announced last week that Just Energy will pay a total of $4 million, including $3.8 million to an independent trust fund for purposes of...

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Student population drops by 30%

January 16, 2015
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Jamaica Plain’s student population has dropped by nearly one-third in the past year, according to an annual City census. In fall 2014, JP’s reported student population was 1,168: 637 grad students and 531 undergrads. That means about 3 percent of JP residents are students, though the number is likely to be slightly higher due...

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