ZBA approves projects without community review

September 25, 2015
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Two construction projects—one at 40 Lochstead Road and another at 46 Eliot St.—that require variances were approved by the City’s Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) earlier this month despite the applicants asking for deferrals and the projects not going through the normal community process. The plan for 46 Eliot St. is to demolish an...

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BRA board approves 105A S. Huntington developer’s plan to move affordable units off-site

September 25, 2015
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) board approved on Sept. 17 the plan by the developer of 105A S. Huntington Ave. to move all the affordable units off-site, according to spokesperson Nick Martin. As part of the proposal, the developer will raise the number of affordable units from 32 to 42. Local state Rep. Jeffrey...

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Sanchez ‘excited’ about DCR meetings

September 25, 2015
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Local state Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez is “excited” about the upcoming state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) meetings on improving safety and access for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists to the parklands and parkways of the Emerald Necklace in Jamaica Plain. Sanchez is co-sponsoring the meetings with the Emerald Necklace Conservancy and state Rep. Liz...

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Poff leaving FPC

September 25, 2015
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Christine Poff, executive director of the Franklin Park Coalition (FPC), is leaving the organization after leading it for more than a decade, according to an email blast sent by FPC. FPC is a nonprofit group that helps maintain the park. Poff did not respond to a request for comment. “It has been such a...

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JP Observer: JP can reduce its use of fossil fuels

September 25, 2015
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By Sandra Storey Special to the Gazette “Can JP Power Itself?” was the tantalizing title of a community gathering and potluck sponsored by JP NET (New Economy Transition) and JP Forum on July 29. Related questions were posed: Can Jamaica Plain transition away from fossil fuels? Reduce its carbon footprint? What would be the...

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Q. and A. with author Diane Fraser

September 25, 2015
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Q. and A. with author Diane Fraser

Jamaica Plain resident Diane Fraser recently wrote her first book, “Growing Up Superheroes, The Extraordinary Adventures of Deihlia Nye,” which came out earlier this year. The Gazette conducted a question-and-answer session with her through email about the new book. (The session has been edited.) The book is available at Trident Books and on Amazon.com....

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JP Agenda, Sept. 25, 2015

September 25, 2015
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Oct. 6 for the Oct. 9 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings JP Problem Properties Committee, first Wednesday of the month, 10:30am, E-13 Police Station Community Room, 3347 Washington St. Info: Liana Poston,...

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Invitacion, Sept. 25, 2015

September 25, 2015
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El plazo para el calendario de eventos es al mediodía, martes, 6 oct para la edición del 9 de oct. Mande los eventos a reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Atención: Marque el 617 antes de los números que salen abajo. Reuniones Comité de casas abandonadas en JP, primer miércoles del mes, 10:30, en la comisaría del distrito E-13,...

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Real Estate Today: Controversial Olmsted Place to open in November

September 25, 2015
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Real Estate Today: Controversial Olmsted Place to open in November

Olmsted Place, a controversial apartment development at 161 S. Huntington Ave., will open its doors to its first tenants in November, according to spokesperson Matt Ellis. Boston Residential Group is now leasing the luxury apartments in the building. The project was divisive in the neighborhood, with some opponents criticizing the plan to replace the...

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Real Estate Today: State of JP market

September 25, 2015
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The state of the real estate market in Jamaica Plain seems to be booming for sellers and renters, but there may be a decline soon. Karen McCormack, a real estate agent at McCormack and Scanlan Real Estate, has over 25 years of experience and knows to expect some fluctuations in the market. “Two weeks...

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Real Estate Today: ZBA approves 3200 Washington St. project

September 25, 2015
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The contentious 3200 Washington project cleared another hurdle on Sept. 15, as the City’s Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) approved the variances the project needs, according to the ZBA Office. The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) gave the project the green light last month, despite the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council voting against the proposal and...

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Real Estate Today: Zoning Committee review of Amory St. project delayed until October

September 25, 2015
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The mixed-use building project at 450-456 Amory St. will appear before the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s Zoning Committee sometime in October after being pulled from the Sept. 2 meeting agenda at the request of the developer, according to Dave Baron of the Zoning Committee. Local developer Chris DeSisto’s plan for 450-456 Amory St. calls...

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Sights and Sounds, Sept. 11, 2015

September 25, 2015
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Oct. 6 for the Oct. 9 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special events St. John’s Church Annual Yard Sale, fundraiser, Sat. Oct. 3, 10am-2pm. Corner of Roanoke Ave. and Revere St. Furniture, household...

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JP Music Festival

September 25, 2015
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JP Music Festival

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Zoning Board of Asinine

September 25, 2015
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The City’s Zoning Board of Appeals recently gave the OK to two construction projects—one at 40 Lochstead Road and another at 46 Eliot St. The applicants had asked for the ZBA hearing to be deferred. The City’s neighborhood liaison Jullieanne Doherty supported the applicants’ desire for deferment. Neither project went through the normal community...

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Washington St./Columbus Ave.

September 25, 2015
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It is welcome news that the Washington Street/Columbus Avenue corridor study could lead to new zoning for that area by the summer of 2015. But the question begs to be asked: Why did it take so long? Local state Rep. Liz Malia, other elected officials, and residents have long sought a study for that...

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Letter: Off-leash dogs in Arboretum

September 25, 2015
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I was sad and angry to learn that off-leash dogs had killed a great blue heron in the Arnold Arboretum. This heron, a long-time resident, was one of the finest birds in the Arboretum, which is JP’s great treasure. Off-leash dogs have proliferated beyond control in the Arboretum. Peters Hill, in particular, has become...

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Letter: Arboretum observations

September 25, 2015
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First off, I am not a dog owner but I have friends who are and visit the Arboretum a couple of times a week with their canine companions and on occasion I tag along. My observations follow. I wonder if anyone has considered the possibility that it was coyotes that attacked the unfortunate blue...

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Letter: 3200 Washington St.

September 25, 2015
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In regards to your article on the BRA’s approval of 3200 Washington St. development project, please take the time to seek out local residents in support of the project to give balance to your reporting.  While project supports aren’t as vocal, they are numerous, and recognize the desperate need for new housing in Jamaica...

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Letter: Affordable-housing policy

September 25, 2015
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The housing crisis in our city and neighborhood requires bold moves—and soon. As neighborhood-based groups that are daily witnesses to the displacement of low-income people by an unrelenting increase in housing prices, we are writing to ask residents to let Mayor Walsh know they want changes in the City’s Inclusionary Development Policy (IDP) that...

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Letter: On the passing of a pub

September 25, 2015
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It was stunning—like the unannounced and immediate passing of a friend—a loved one. I thought that the person who told me that the pub known as James’s Gate had closed was misinformed. But alas, it was true. For years, I have carved lines in the Cheshire barstools that adorn the mystical pub known as...

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Campbell, Jackson top vote getters in preliminary election

September 11, 2015
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District 4 City Councilor Charles Yancey’s longtime tenure might be in jeopardy after being topped by Andrea Campbell in the City’s preliminary election on Sept. 8, according to unofficial City results. Meanwhile, District 7 City Councilor Tito Jackson cruised to a first-place finish. Districts 4 and 7 were the only competitive races in the...

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DCR to hold meetings on parks and parkways; unknowns abound

September 11, 2015
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The state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will hold a series of meetings on improving safety and access for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists to the parklands and parkways of the Emerald Necklace in Jamaica Plain, but more unknowns than knowns surround the effort. It is unclear how past efforts factor into the current...

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Neighborhood Institution Closes

September 11, 2015
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Neighborhood Institution Closes

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