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Church owners sorry for lack of input

September 28, 2012
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HYDE SQ.–The owners of the former Blessed Sacrament Church complex apologized for their secrecy in planning high-end housing on the site, and pledged to hear out any alternative ideas, at a Sept. 19 meeting to address community controversy. But they also indicated that the plans basically remain the same unless someone comes up with millions...

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Remembrance Rider

September 28, 2012
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Mayor vetoes latest redistricting plan

September 28, 2012
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Mayor Thomas Menino on Sept. 24 vetoed the City Council’s latest attempt at redistricting. The council had passed by a 7-6 vote on Sept. 19 a plan by local City Councilors Matt O’Malley and Tito Jackson. Menino had vetoed an earlier plan by City Councilor Bill Linehan, citing concerns of minority concentration in District...

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T police target bus stop parkers

September 28, 2012
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MBTA Transit Police say they will crack down on illegal parking in bus stops after an informal Gazette review found the problem to be widespread in the neighborhood. “We’re going to hit it. We’re going to hit it hard,” said Transit Police Lt. Stephen Salisbury. The big culprits appear to be delivery truck drivers...

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T police warn of bike thefts

September 28, 2012
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The MBTA Transit Police is urging the public to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity after a rash of bicycle thefts at MBTA Orange Line stations in Jamaica Plain. “We can’t do it alone,” said Transit Police Lt. Stephen Salisbury. “We depend on the public. They are our partners.” Transit Police have been...

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Real Estate Today: JP is hot seller’s market

September 28, 2012
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The Jamaica Plain real estate market can be described in one word: “hot.” Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Sales Manager Paul Melanson told the Gazette that JP is a seller’s market right now, with every listing receiving multiple offers and usually being sold at a higher price than the asking price. “We’ve seen a complete...

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Real Estate Today: MBTA parcel for sale again

September 28, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—An MBTA parcel across the street from Forest Hills Station is up for bid again after several developers “expressed strong interest” in it, according to MBTA spokesperson Joe Pesaturo. Bidding opened earlier this month and will be open through Oct. 24. Parcel U, encompassing about 2.8 acres, is one of a handful of...

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Real Estate Today: Real estate office donates to kids’ group

September 28, 2012
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The Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage office in Jamaica Plain this month kicked off “6 for 60,” a new program and partnership with Boston College that will benefit The Home for Little Wanderers’ annual holiday gift drive. Coldwell Banker, whose local office is at 713 Centre St., will donate a $60 gift card for every...

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Real Estate Today: Unusual JP properties for sale

September 28, 2012
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While the Jamaica Plain real estate market is mostly known for apartments in multiple-family houses and more luxurious single-family homes, some local real estate agents told the Gazette about some more unique properties around the neighborhood. “JP has fewer cookie-cutter properties than other nearby markets” like Southie, Somerville, Cambridge or Roslindale, independent agent B.J....

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Real Estate Today: What JP prices could buy elsewhere

September 28, 2012
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Ever wonder what the cost of your Jamaica Plain property could buy you around the country? According to real estate agents from Montana, Arizona, Florida and Ohio, quite a bit, including beach-front condos and lake-view penthouses. With the average sale price of a single-family home in JP this year hitting well over $500,000, according...

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