Advisory Group Seeks Greater Role in Forest Hills

The future of the Casey Overpass is just one of the development issues facing Forest Hills.

Chris Helms

The future of the Casey Overpass is just one of the development issues facing Forest Hills.

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.]

  • Dorian

    One would hope they ONLY focus their efforts on getting the MBTA to relocate the bus yard. JPNC doesn’t exactly have a good reputation around Forest Hills.

    • JamaicaPlainNews

      Thanks, Dorian. Is that from the debate over the Forest Hills Improvement Initiative a few years ago? I used to live in Forest Hills and wonder if there’s more history with the JPNC.

      • Dorian

        oh – more recent that that – very recent. let’s just say that this really appears like an attempt by a couple individuals at a power grab.

  • mjb918

    Sitting on the Stonybrook Neighborhood Association Steering Committee, I can tell you that JPNC has been silent and uninvolved with regard to any of the challenges we currently have, and continue to face in our neighborhood. Casey demo/ Shea snarl traffic pressure, construction of the Commons at Forest Hills, and the long desired removal of the “temporary” bus yard continue to concern us, as well as development of parcels inside the bounds of the neighborhood. The list goes on.