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December 7, 2012
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Route 39 project delayed again

December 7, 2012
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Dangerous stop moved The Route 39 bus improvement project has been delayed another season, starting spring 2013 instead of this winter, according to MBTA spokesperson Joe Pesaturo. He also announced a dangerous Monument Square stop has been moved. The project has been repeatedly delayed. The MBTA said in September that the project was being...

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BRA ‘corridor plan’ meeting scheduled

December 7, 2012
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) will host a community meeting Weds., Dec. 12 to “start the conversation” on the first draft of a S. Huntington Avenue “corridor plan,” BRA spokesperson Melina Schuler told the Gazette. The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the Hennigan School at 200 Heath St. The first community meeting...

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2 bids made for T parcel

December 7, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—An MBTA parcel across the street from Forest Hills Station has received purchase offers from two developers, according to MBTA spokesperson Joe Pesaturo. Private developers Urbanica and KSS Investments, LLC have both filed bids with the MBTA real estate staff to buy “Parcel U.” The MBTA will decide which offer, if any, to...

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JPNC opposes Norbert School project

December 7, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) approved a motion during a Nov. 27 meeting to oppose the plan to turn the Norbert School building into 21 market-rate apartments unless the developers show a good-faith effort to include affordable housing. The vote was split, with seven members approving the motion, two members opposing and...

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The Casey: Then and Now

December 7, 2012
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Twenty-two years ago, Jamaica Plain was engaged with a now-familiar concern: The Casey Overpass was undergoing a lengthy construction project, and JP was wondering what the impact on the neighborhood and its traffic would be. At the time, the Casey was undergoing renovations to address structural failings and narrow the overpass from three lanes...

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State makes Casey MEPA filing

December 7, 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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Official: MassDOT fails to release Casey records

December 7, 2012
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The state Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has failed to comply with 10 outstanding requests for public information on the Casey Arborway process, according to officials, and is asking over $4,000 of a Jamaica Plain resident to release the documents. The state Supervisor of Public Records has said that MassDOT has “failed to meet its...

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Casey bike paths questioned

December 7, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—Following the state’s announcement that the redesigned Casey Arborway and surrounding area will greatly reduce on-street bike lanes in favor of larger off-street bike paths, some community members are questioning the decision. The Boston Cyclists Union is willing to support the changes, provided the off-street paths are kept clear of snow year-round. Other...

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JPNC receives interest in vacant seats

December 7, 2012
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) has five vacancies on its board, but those slots look soon to be filled as 11 people expressed interest in joining the council during its meeting Nov. 27. The JPNC is an elected community organization that advises City government about local issues Those interested are the following: Kelvin...

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