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Local architects build ‘supergreen’ dream house

August 1, 2014
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Local architects build ‘supergreen’ dream house

WOODBOURNE—Architects Hansy Better Barraza and Anthony Piermarini love their corner of Jamaica Plain so much, they recently built their “supergreen” dream house there. They were inspired to make the 1B Meyer St. house highly energy efficient because of a nearby City-sponsored green housing project around the corner on Catherine Street. Another well-known energy-efficient home,...

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BRA lacks rules and records, audit finds

August 1, 2014
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority lacks proper policies and record-keeping practices, and has lost track of millions of dollars, according to an audit ordered by Mayor Martin Walsh. The Mayor’s Office and the BRA’s acting director called the findings “troubling” and pledge to reform the agency for better accountability and transparency. Among the undocumented items...

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Plan en Egleston recibe opiniones del público

August 1, 2014
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EGLESTON SQ.— En una reunión en Egleston Square Neighborhood Association (ESNA) el 23 de julio, unos diseñadores revelaron su plan para convertir una manzana en Washington Street en un edificio multiuso de 82 pies de altura, con 76 departamentos. La mayor preocupación de los 50 asistentes fue la asequibilidad. Los diseñadores Dan Mangiacotta y...

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Egleston Sq. block plan gets 1st local input

August 1, 2014
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EGLESTON SQ.—A mixed-use building up to 82 feet high, with 76 housing units, is the early plan for redeveloping a Washington Street block, developers said at a July 23 Egleston Square Neighborhood Association (ESNA) meeting. Affordability was a big community concern expressed at the meeting, which drew about 50 people. Developers Dan Mangiacotti and...

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Heath St. DND parcels going to RFP

August 1, 2014
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JACKSON SQ.—A request for proposals to redevelopment 10 City-owned parcels along Heath Street will likely be issued this month, with a preference for “deeply affordable” residential units clearly expressed. The City’s Department of Neighborhood Development has held three community meetings and a site tour about the contiguous parcels at 9-21 Bromley St., 894-908 Parker...

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Hubway Move

August 1, 2014
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Hubway Move

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Immigration a hot topic in gov. candidate forum

August 1, 2014
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Roxbury Community College (RCC) held a governor candidate forum last month where the political fireworks concerned an issue prominent in Jamaica Plain: immigration. State Treasurer Steve Grossman attacked state Attorney General Martha Coakley over her views on that subject, including her former support for Secure Communities, a federal program that relies on local and...

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Dog parks on Open Space Plan wish list

August 1, 2014
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The lack of dog parks in Jamaica Plain was among the concerns raised at a July 24 meeting about the City’s 2015-2021 Open Space Plan. The Open Space Plan, which is being created by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department (BPRD), will be a plan for open space protection and development in the city....

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JP Art

August 1, 2014
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Bike lanes installed, then removed on Arborway

August 1, 2014
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Bike lanes were installed on the Arborway between Jamaica Pond and the Arnold Arboretum in May, but were removed a month later after the state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) received a letter from the Boston Cyclists Union (BCU) criticizing them and the lack of public process. DCR said the bike lanes installation...

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