Church to become high-end condos

July 20, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—The former Blessed Sacrament Church at 361 Centre St. likely will be turned into high-end condominiums priced up to $725,000, as co-owner the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) has accepted a buyout offer from its partner, New Atlantic Development. “We are going to be negotiating an agreement with New Atlantic to sell...

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Candle in the Dark

July 20, 2012
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MassDOT chief: We’ll fix Casey ‘trust issue’

July 20, 2012
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Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) chief Richard Davey pledged more transparency in the Casey Arborway project in an exclusive Gazette interview with him and other top officials at MassDOT headquarters last week. “We have to continue to work hard to earn the community’s trust, so they don’t expect the worst from the DOT,” Davey...

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Goddard House nursing home to shut down

July 20, 2012
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S. HUNTINGTON—The Goddard House Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, an enormous nursing home at 201 S. Huntington Ave., will close forever in September. The shutdown leaves about 100 seniors looking for new homes and puts a question mark on the future of the 2-acre site and its historic 1927 building. It’s just the latest...

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Iglesia se convertirá en condominios

July 20, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—El antiguo Blessed Sacrament Church en 361 de la Centre St. probablemente se convertirá en condominios de lujo con precios hasta 725.000 dólares, ya que el codueño de Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) ha aceptado una oferta de su socio New Atlantic Development. Richard Thal, el director ejecutivo de JPNDC, dijo que...

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JP gang targeted in drug raid

July 20, 2012
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EGLESTON/HYDE SQ.—Jamaica Plain’s notorious Boylston Street gang, known for a murderous feud with a Mozart Street gang, was targeted by a massive drug raid on July 9 that included the arrests of two JP residents. None of the 15 people charged so far actually live on Boylston Street. The gang was allegedly trafficking Mexican...

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JPCC chair criticizes City partnership

July 20, 2012
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Jamaica Plain Community Centers (JPCC) chair Kerry Costello is criticizing the relationship between Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF) and the local councils that run the community centers, saying the City is attempting to garner more power over the partnership. The partnership is still governed by a 1974 “Plan of Operations” document. The...

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Open Street

July 20, 2012
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JP projects named in City’s 2013 budget

July 20, 2012
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Several Jamaica Plain-based projects were approved in the City’s fiscal year 2013 capital budget. Ward’s Pond, part of the Emerald Necklace’s Olmsted Park and JP’s border with Brookline, is due for boardwalk improvements. “The original boardwalk lifted and shifted during a flood several years ago,” said Jacque Goddard, a spokesperson for the Boston Parks...

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JP Observer: JP needs to honor local peace hero

July 20, 2012
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Not many neighborhoods can boast that a Nobel Peace Prize winner was born there—no more than 101 in the world, to be exact; that’s how many people have won the prize since it was established in 1901. Jamaica Plain can make such a claim, but looking around, one wouldn’t know it. Little in the...

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Health Team

July 20, 2012
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Casey may lose bike lanes

July 20, 2012
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In response to new analyses and expert input, the state Casey Arborway design team introduced an “opening year” design variation last month that removes on-street bike lanes. Off-road multi-use paths are still in place. The “opening year” variation, created to enhance pedestrian safety, is so called because it is aimed at accommodating 2016 levels...

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Homeless census results still missing

July 20, 2012
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The City has yet to release its 2011 homeless census, despite the fact it released previous census results during the winter months. The census has been conducted for 32 straight years, with the last several showing a drop in the homeless population. The City uses the census to help determine homeless programs and funding....

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Out in JP

July 20, 2012
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Eight Lives Left

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105A S. Huntington project filed

July 20, 2012
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S. HUNTINGTON—A plan for luxury apartments and retail space in a 130-foot-tall building at 105A S. Huntington Ave. was filed with the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) late last week, just after the Impact Advisory Group (IAG) had its first meeting. The 195 luxury units in the multi-building development would include townhouses and apartment buildings...

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BHA: Drug deal sparked Bromley violence

July 20, 2012
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By Peter Shanley and John Ruch, Gazette Staff The recent violence at the Bromley-Heath housing development is the result of a drug purchase gone awry, according to Boston Housing Authority (BHA) Administrator Bill McGonagle. “That’s what I’m getting from my police,” he said. “There might be other theories out there.” The BHA and other...

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Councilor joins condo opponents

July 20, 2012
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GLENVALE PARK—City Councilor Matt O’Malley has joined the chorus of opposition to a developer’s controversial housing project at 207-209 Chestnut Ave. “I do have some serious concerns about this,” O’Malley told the Gazette. “I do oppose it as it’s currently being developed.” Developer Pat McKenna plans to demolish an existing vacant house and replace...

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Live at ‘Dead’ Show

July 20, 2012
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Project stalls after pollution found

July 20, 2012
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STONYBROOK—Over a year after it was first proposed, a mixed-use development on Washington Street has been stalled since November, following the discovery of hazardous chemicals on the site. Stonybrook Neighborhood Association member Fred Vetterlein, who has been part of the community team advising the developers of the project since it was first proposed, told...

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Former JP coach charged with attempted child sex

July 20, 2012
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A Roslindale coach who for years ran a youth baseball league that played in Jamaica Plain was charged this week with “grooming” a child for sex. Jose Ortega, 41, was the “commissioner” of the Hyde Park-based Boston Broncos, which appears to have been active since 1999 and at times used a JP mailing address....

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Medical marijuana goes on the ballot

July 20, 2012
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Jamaica Plain residents will soon have an opportunity to help decide whether or not to legalize medical marijuana. The issue has been placed as a question on the state ballot for November. Supporters of the measure had to gather 79,000 signatures to get the question placed on the ballot. But local state Rep. Jeffrey...

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Sorry, No Drive-Thru

July 20, 2012
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Parklet may come to JP in September

July 20, 2012
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According to the City’s Transportation Department (BTD), a parklet, previously announced for next year, may come to JP in September for one day as part of a pilot program. The one-day test would inform a larger pilot program that would create four parklets throughout the city. JP is expected to see a two-space parklet...

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