You can argue that no section of Jamaica Plain is facing more big development projects than Forest Hills. Chief among them is the Casey Overpass being razed in favor of a network of streets. Others include more than 100 condos and rentals on an MBTA-owned parcel near Forest Hills station and the bus yard finally moving.
The JP Neighborhood Council, a (mostly) elected advisory board, will debate taking a greater role in Forest Hills’ affairs when they meet Tuesday. Here’s the agenda item:
WHEREAS there are numerous transportation, public safety, development and zoning issues confronting residents and users of, and businesses in, the Forest Hills area; and,
WHEREAS these issue arise amidst the sometimes conflicting interests of MassDOT, DCR, the MBTA, relevant city of Boston departments, the BRA and the residents and users of, and businesses in, the Forest Hills area; and,
WHEREAS, the JPNC has the experience and expertise to represent the interests of the residents and users of, and businesses in, the Forest Hills area;
NOW THEREFORE, the JPNC, as a committee of the whole, and relying on the experience and expertise of both its Housing & Development and Zoning Committees, shall take a leadership and coordinating role in responding on behalf of the communities and neighborhoods affected by these complex issues and in the resolution of them in the best interests of all concerned.
The JPNC takes up this and other matters on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Farnsworth House, 90 South St.
[Editor’s note: I’ll be making a short presentation about the Jamaica Plain News at the meeting.]