The food pantry at Jamaica Plain's First Church is in need of donations as it has seen a rise in demand due to the federal government shutdown. The food pantry regularly serves about 120 people per month, according to the First Church in Jamaica Plain's website. Spontaneous Celebrations sent out an email asking for donations:
If you have any of the following items you are able to contribute to the food pantry they would greatly appreciate it! We will put a bin by our front desk. Unexpired staples such as: soups with protein, pasta sauce, peanut butter, tuna and sardines, cereal, canned vegetables and fruits, toothpaste & dish soap.
A public meeting about a proposed 4-story apartment building at 121 Brookside Avenue will be on Jan. 23. The proposal by Cedar Hill Design & Development would replace an existing parking lot. It would be 21 residential units on the top three floors, two artist live/work spaces and 11 garage parking spaces on the first floor. The building would be 19,347 sq.
A medical marijuana dispensary has a host agreement with the city of Boston for a Hyde Park Avenue location, which would allow it to open up for business later this year in Jamaica Plain. Before the company, Apothca, Inc., opens in Boston, it must get approval from the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission to grant its application to move its dispensary in Holyoke to Jamaica Plain. The city and Apothca, a company that has dispensaries in Lynn, Arlington and Oregon, agreed to a host agreement on Oct. 19, 2018 for a location at 54A Hyde Park Ave. Financially, Apothca agreed to make quarterly payments of 3 percent of its gross revenue after the end of each quarter of the year for five years, according to the host agreement.
Maybe you'll recognize some of the watercolors in the Jamaica Plain Branch Library's first art exhibition for the year because it's "Local Scenes" by Kevin Gillespie. The Jamaica Plain resident's work is often done en plein air, as he illustrates his neighborhood's natural scenes like the shadows of tree branches, water ripples, the four seasons of New England and more. This is the first of six art exhibitions at the library branch due to a partnership between the Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library and the Uforge Gallery. The exhibition will be on view from Jan. 4 through Feb.
A high-end luxury apartment building on South Huntington Avenue, which has drawn the ire of local neighborhood organizations, has been sold for $123 million. Oxford Properties Group has bought Serenity Apartments at 101 South Huntington Ave. for $123.35 million, according to Bldup.com. The apartment building has 195 units, 15-stories and 2,100 sq. ft.