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Where Will 300 Car Commuters Go as Forest Hills Parking Lot Becomes Apartments?

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Forest Hills residents peppered a would-be developer with questions about where hundreds of car commuters will go if the LAZ Parking lot becomes a mixed-use development. There were other issues raised during a community meeting Wednesday about “The Residences at Forest Hills,” but much of the discussion revolved around parking. The three-building, six-story development would add 252 apartments and townhouses plus 5,500 square feet of retail to Forest Hills’ burgeoning stock of mid-rise transit-oriented developments. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Bromley Heath Homes Renamed for Longtime Housing Leader Mildred Hailey

On a sun-flooded morning, hundreds of families from Bromley Heath apartments sat in overflow chairs in a crowded tent to listen as Mayor Marty Walsh and Boston Housing Authority William McGonagle renamed the development Mildred C. Hailey Apartments. Joining them was Anna Mae Cole, a friend and comrade in arms for over 60 years and former chair of the Bromley Heath Tenant Management Corporation that Mrs. Hailey  (and yes she was always Mrs. Hailey) directed for 40 years. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Affordable Housing Advocates Call For 3-Month Delay in Massive Rezoning Plan

Plan B went into full effect at the 6th Plan JP/Rox workshop last Wednesday as 50 protesters marched into the room clapping. Just as the emcee, Senior Planner Marie Mercurio, was concluding  her opening remarks, the protesters grabbed what they called “the people’s mic” to “fight not for profit but for the community.” For over an hour, “Keep it 100% for Egleston,” a well-organized and well-rehearsed group, listed its demands to stop the Boston Redevelopment Authority-sponsored Plan JP/Rox for three months. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Joint Venture Including JPNDC Tapped to Renovate, Build More Than 500 Housing Units

The Boston Housing Authority has designated Amory Partners, a joint venture of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corp., Urban Edge and The Community Builders, to redevelop 125 Amory St., a 215-unit public housing for elderly and disabled near Jackson Square. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Creating Housing for Everyone in Boston: The Housing Innovation Lab

The three-person I-Team of the Boston’s Housing Innovation Lab has quite the challenge — keep Boston a city that isn’t just for the rich and the poor — and places that the working middle class can still call home. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Residents Discuss a Future Plan of the Jamaica Plain and Roxbury Washington Street Corridor

More than 150 people from across Jamaica Plain gathered at English High School Wednesday evening to look into their crystal ball to see what Jamaica Plain – specifically the 257 acres from Forest Hills to Jackson Square would look like in the next five to  10 years. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Meet Tenant Organizer María Christina Blanco

Testifying at a City Council hearing: L-R: Jacqueline Gomez, Marta Franco, Crisanto Rosas, Zenaida Flores, Rita Paul and María Christina Blanco.

Tuesday marks the kickoff of a city-sponsored review of what Washington Street should be like from Forest Hills to Jackson Square. A lot of interests will be in play as residents and officials build that master plan. Expect many of those voices to come from JP-based City Life/Vida Urbana, a tenants’ rights organization. Jamaica Plain News recently walked Washington Street with María Christina Blanco, a lead organizer with City Life. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Decision on Key Egleston Development Delayed — Again

What began exactly a year ago on July 23, 2014 when the Egleston Square Neighborhood Association got a premier showing of the plans for the Economy Plumbing site is no closer to approval. For the second time, the developers of 3200 Washington St. asked the Zoning Board of Appeals for deferment at its scheduled hearing on Tuesday. (more…) Continue Reading →

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