JP History: This Month in JP History

The following are the Gazette’s top headlines from this month in Jamaica Plain history:

5 Years Ago: 2012

“Goddard House nursing home to shut down”

The Goddard House Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center at 201 S. Huntington Ave. announced it was closing in September and leaving 100 seniors looking for new homes. The building was eventually sold to developers Eden Properties and Samuels & Associates, who have a proposal to renovate the building into 110 residential units and build an addition on-site with 39 units.

10 Years Ago: 2007

“City Council votes to cancel Sept. election”

The City Council voted by a 7-4 to cancel the Sept. 25 preliminary election for at-large city council seats. At-Large City Councilor Stephen Murphy made the proposal of canceling the election, which would narrow a field of nine candidates to eight, because he said it was wasteful. All nine candidates would appear on the November general election ballot. The proposal needed approval from the mayor and the state Legislature. Jamaica Plain City Councilor John Tobin and At-Large City Councilor Felix Arroyo, a JP resident, both opposed the proposal.

15 Years Ago: 2002

“Allan wins Clean Elections suit”

State representative candidate Bill Allan received Clean Elections campaign funding after winning a lawsuit against the state. Allan, a Democratic candidate in the 15th Suffolk District, sued the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance (OCPF), arguing it improperly disqualified him for Clean Elections funding because 39 out of 242 contributor cards he submitted were undated. Another 17 cards were rejected for other reasons and were not disputed by either party.

20 Years Ago: 1997

“Ruin or Restoration?

People split on what to do with mansion”

Park users were divided over the fate of a publicly-owned 19th century brick mansion crumbling near Jamaica Pond. The Boston Parks Department, Mayor’s Office and the Boston Landmarks Commission hoped to make a recommendation to Mayor Thomas Menino in spring 1998 about what to do with the Pinebank mansion, listed by Historic Massachusetts as one of the state’s most endangered historic resources. The 40 people who attended the first of four public meetings June 26 held in Curtis Hall disagreed about whether to restore the house. Pinebank was the last of three houses built in the 1800s named Pinebank for the merchant Perkins family of Perkins Street fame.



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