A milestone in the construction of the Casey Arborway — Removal of the span over Washington Street.

Casey Arborway Project Forecasted Completion is Spring 2018

The Casey Arborway project was originally scheduled to be completed by November 2016, and is now forecasted to be completed by spring 2018, according to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. The Casey Arborway project started in May 2015 (view the last car driving over the Casey Overpass) and consisted of removing the Casey Overpass that was structurally deficient and replacing it with an at-grade reconstructed roadway network. There will be a new fully accessible Orange Line access/egress headhouse to replace the former substandard exit only headhouse. There will be enhancements for bicyclists and pedestrians throughout the project's area. Once completed the project will result in the reconnection of the Arborway and Emerald Necklace Park from the Arnold Arboretum to Franklin Park.

JPNC to Consider Trio of Three-Family Building Proposals

A trio of proposals that would create several three-family residential buildings in Jamaica Plain will go in front of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council zoning committee Wednesday. The first proposal is to raze a single-family home on Lamartine Street and replace it with a three-story building containing six units. According to the zoning committee's agenda, the proposed development at 279-281 Lamartine St. would combine two lots to create an 11,658-square-foot lot. The proposal would also include a parking garage to house six vehicles.

Seven JP Land Parcels To Be Sold, Including One With Community Garden

Seven Jamaica Plain land parcels along the Southwest Corridor are slated to be sold, and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) says the creation of residential housing is the best use for five of the parcels. A public meeting led by MassDOT will be held Wednesday, June 7, at 6:30 p.m. at English High School to provide an overview of the parcels and present a draft/template for requests for proposals (RFPs) "in order to receive public comment prior to issuing the final RFPs," according to a MassDOT meeting notice. The seven parcels are located on several streets: Oakdale Street, Call Street, off Spalding Street and off Everett Street. In an overview of the parcels, the MassDOT denotes "highest and best use" for the properties. Most recommendations call for the addition of residential buildings.

Rendering of proposal for 25 Amory St.

44 Units of Affordable Housing Approved on Amory Street

The city's Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) approved a 44-unit apartment building at 25 Amory St. in Jackson Square late last month that will comprise all affordable apartments. As previously reported on Jamaica Plain News, the Jamaica Plain Neightborhood Development Corp. (JPNDC) proposal would take a parcel now owned by the MBTA and the state's Department of Transportation and transform it into permanently affordable housing. The units would be kept affordable thanks to long-term deed restrictions, while the city of Boston and the state would offer capital subsidies to achieve 100 percent affordability.

ZBA Approves Development at Green and Washington Streets Opposed by City Councilors

The Boston Zoning Board of Appeals approved a 45-unit, six-story apartment building at the corner of Washington and Green streets Tuesday despite lukewarm community support and opposition from City Councilors Matt O'Malley and Tito Jackson. Last month the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council's Zoning Committee decided to neither approve or disapprove the project sited for 3353 Washington St. The full JPNC voted to deny all eight variances the project had needed. That vote was 9-3, according to Kevin Moloney, chairman of the JPNC. Here's the text of a letter the JPNC sent to the ZBA on why they opposed the variances.