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Nonprofits place only bid for Heath St. site

January 30, 2015
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A team of local nonprofit developers placed the only bid to develop 10 City-owned parcels along Heath Street, according to the Department of Neighborhood Development (DND). The bid was put together by two nonprofit developers specializing in affordable housing—the Back of the Hill Community Development Corporation (BOTH CDC) and the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development...

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Fresh Truck expands from new JP home

January 30, 2015
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A fresh market on wheels called Fresh Truck has moved to JP and is expanding its mission. According to a newsletter sent out earlier this month, Fresh Truck, a converted school bus that brings fruits and vegetables to communities that would otherwise not have access to fresh foods, is looking to add a second...

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JPNC Zoning supports Hyde Park Ave. project

January 30, 2015
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The proposed redevelopment of a vacant property at 38-42 Hyde Park Ave. was approved by the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) Zoning Committee last week, pending the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the neighbors. The developer of the project, City Realty Group (CRG), plans to turn 38-42 Hyde Park Ave. into...

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FII director wins fellowship

January 30, 2015
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FII director wins fellowship

The Director of Family Improvement Initiative (FII), Jesús Gerena, has been awarded a fellowship from the Barr Foundation in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to Greater Boston’s children and families in need. FII is the Jamaica Plain-based Boston branch of a national nonprofit that aims to help people help themselves by organizing families into...

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Olympic meetings: A guide to who’s talking about what

January 21, 2015
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Boston’s bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics is the subject of several upcoming meetings in the next week—both in support and in opposition. But keeping track of who is running which meeting, and what will be discussed, can be confusing. The following guide should help. While the JP-area Franklin Park is proposed as an...

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Boston Olympics bid chosen; JP impacts a mystery

January 16, 2015
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By Rebeca Oliveira and John Ruch/Gazette Staff A possible Olympic future for Franklin Park and Jamaica Plain is a step closer to reality, as Boston was tapped last week to submit the official U.S. bid for the 2024 Summer Games. That move is drawing cheers, jeers and confusion from local leaders. And with the...

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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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