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State makes Casey MEPA filing

November 21, 2012
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The state filed a required Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) Office report this month for the Casey Overpass replacement project that identifies no major environmental impacts. The MEPA filing was required as part of the Casey Overpass demolition and ensuing redevelopment of the surrounding area. Such filings are required for nearly all road works...

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S. Huntington project approved by City

November 13, 2012
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The City Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) voted this morning to approve the variances requested by the developers of the luxury apartment project at 161 S. Huntington Ave. in the midst of great community opposition. The project still needs approval from the city’s Parks Commission, tentatively scheduled for next week, Larry DiCara, the attorney...

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Local activists honor POW/MIAs

November 9, 2012
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Local activists honor POW/MIAs

The Jamaica Plain-based chapter of Rolling Thunder, a national nonprofit focused on supporting military veterans and retrieving prisoners of war (POW) and servicepeople missing in action (MIA), is bringing the New England Patriots a new accolade: the first team in the NFL to honor POW/MIAs in their home stadium with a chair. A POW/MIA...

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Developers’ donations stir debate

November 9, 2012
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Campaign contributions made to elected officials this year by developers of two disputed S. Huntington Avenue housing projects have become controversial after being spotlighted by local activists. Developer Curtis Kemeny has just been approved by the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) to create 196 units of luxury apartments, mostly one-bedrooms, on the current site of...

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JPNC chair’s role in donation debate questioned

November 9, 2012
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The head of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) has stirred controversy—including the resignation of a longtime member of the JPNC and questions over his own role as chair—after issuing a report about campaign contributions made to elected officials this year by developers of two disputed S. Huntington Avenue housing projects that are up...

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Casey bike upgrades, busway discussed

November 9, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—The state Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Casey Arborway design team announced bicycle amenities planned to be incorporated into the new Casey Arborway at a Nov. 1 community advisory meeting. Cyclists who use the corridor can look forward to two-way off-street bike paths similar to those on the Southwest Corridor Park on both sides...

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‘Serenity’ under BRA review

November 9, 2012
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The Serenity, a proposed luxury apartment building at 105A S. Huntington Ave., is still under review by the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA). “The BRA is working with the developer to incorporate public comments” into the project, BRA spokesperson Melina Schuler told the Gazette last week. The project is not currently scheduled for a BRA...

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Early learning center breaks ground in Bromley-Heath

November 9, 2012
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Early learning center breaks ground in Bromley-Heath

JACKSON SQ.—After a year in delays, a $16 million early learning and community services center broke ground in Bromley-Heath last week. It is expected to open at 33-41 Bickford St. in early 2014. When completed, the Bromley-Heath Learning Center, developed by the Associated Early Care and Education (ACE) program, is expected to serve 175...

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LGBT seniors supper club launches

November 9, 2012
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LGBT seniors supper club launches

Ethos, a Jamaica Plain-based senior care organization, has launched a new program to build and support the LGBT seniors community: Out4Supper, a monthly dinner club, hosted by Mount Pleasant Home. Out4Supper is aimed at gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people aged 60 or over, though younger people are welcome as companions or guests. There...

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Latvian church condo conversion approved

November 9, 2012
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The city’s Zoning Board of Appeals has approved the redevelopment of the former Jamaica Plain Latvian Lutheran Church at 98 Rockview St. into three condos. “The project was just approved” on Oct. 23, Robert Allan, attorney for the project, told the Gazette last week. In the next few months, owner Dennis Coghlan will prepare...

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