So Long, Old Friend: James’s Gate Property Sold to Residential Developer

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The news emerged, with almost ironic cruelty, the morning of St. Patrick's Day: There will be no imminent comeback for James's Gate, Jamaica Plain's much-loved Irish pub that served the neighborhood from 1997 until its abrupt closure last September.

According to the website BLDUP, three parcels totaling more than 12,000 square feet, which include the James's Gate building, have been sold to residential developer The Ballas Group for $1.95 million. (The parcels last sold in 1997 for for $135,000.) Thus, it appears that the McBride Street pub where many hoisted a brew (or a few) will not be resurrected in its previous form.

James's Gate


Three Jamaica Plain parcels at the intersection of South and McBride streets were sold today to area developer The Ballas Group for a total of $1,950,000. The parcels represent a total of 12,107 square feet of land area. Two of the parcels, 118-120 South Street and 5-9 McBride Street, are located adjacent to one another representing a total of 6,216 square feet of land area. A third 5,891 square foot parcel, 16 McBride Street, is located across the street.

The Ballas Group has developed residential projects in Jamaica Plain, South Boston and Newton. The seller of the three parcels was Gate Realty Trust of West Roxbury. The three parcels last sold in 1997 for $135,000 and are located steps to the Forest Hills transit center and Southwest Corridor Park.

Jamaica Plain is certainly no stranger to development this year. We will provide information on the developer's plans for the former James's Gate site as we learn more.

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