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JP Branch upgrade added to BPL budget

March 29, 2013
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A request for funds for a proposed renovation of the Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library (BPL) has been added to the BPL Capital Budget for the next fiscal year. That means that BPL will request the $8.5 million for the renovation from the City in its upcoming FY2014 budget. The City...

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Councilors team up for composting, urban agriculture

March 29, 2013
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Two local city councilors are teaming up to bring a citywide compost program to residents and to increase urban agriculture opportunities. At-Large City Councilor Felix Arroyo, who lives in Jamaica Plain, and City Councilor Matt O’Malley, who represents JP, heard calls for the aforementioned actions during the JP State of the Neighborhood forum Feb....

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Trash cans, other concerns raised during park meeting

March 29, 2013
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PARKSIDE—Lack of wintertime trash cans was one of several concerns expressed during a Franklin Park Coalition maintenance meeting March 7, said coalition Executive Director Christine Poff. Meanwhile, the City has said it plans to fund the second phase of an improvement project that began last year. Poff said it was a “great meeting” with...

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New church holds first service

March 29, 2013
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EGLESTON SQ.—Christ the King-JP/Roxbury, a new Presbyterian-affiliated Christian church in Egleston Square, held its first service last month. “We want to be a neighborhood church and we are particularly concerned with seeing people across many backgrounds reconciled to God and one another through the Gospel,” said Rev. Logan Keck the church’s founder, who lives...

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Woman knocked down, robbed on Arborway

March 29, 2013
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ARBORWAY—A woman was knocked down and robbed by two suspects on the Arborway near the Jamaica Place intersection on the evening of March 20, according to Boston Police reports confirmed to the Gazette by Capt. Paul Russell, commander of Jamaica Plain’s District E-13 Police Station. One suspect knocked the woman to the ground and...

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Real estate today: Real estate is ‘smoking hot’ in JP

March 29, 2013
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Judging by the real estate market, Jamaica Plain is very desirable place to live. Real estate agents say they are receiving multiple offers on homes and that rents are skyrocketing. “The market is smoking hot in Jamaica Plain,” said Maureen McElroy of Jamaica Hill Realty. She said there is a high demand for both...

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Real estate today: Developer ‘looking into’ Goddard House

March 29, 2013
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S. HUNTINGTON—A city developer, who was previously involved in another Jamaica Plain construction project, is setting his sights on the former Goddard House nursing home. “I’m looking into it,” Dorchester-based developer Tom Donnelly said about purchasing the Goddard House, which went on the market March 4. Donnelly was part of a team involved with...

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Real estate today: City wants building owners to report energy usage

March 29, 2013
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A new proposed city ordinance would require owners of commercial and large residential buildings to disclose their energy usage to the City. But critics are not convinced the measure would achieve anything and will create unnecessary financial burdens for building owners. “In order for Boston to continue to be a sustainability leader, our buildings...

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Real estate today: Leaders ask mayor to stop Blessed Sacrament projects

March 29, 2013
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HYDE SQ.—A group of prominent Jamaica Plainers has penned a letter to Mayor Thomas Menino asking him to help “suspend further review or approval of” two projects at the Blessed Sacrament Church campus pending revisions that meet prior “goals or otherwise mitigates impacts.” Signers of the March 25 letter include Nelson Arroyo, board president...

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Real estate today: ‘Serenity’ still under BRA review

March 29, 2013
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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) until the completion of the S. Huntington Ave. corridor study. “ anticipating additional information on the project from the developer following the completion of the study,” BRA spokesperson Melina Schuler...

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