4-Story, 21-Unit Apartment Building Proposed for 121 Brookside Ave., Meeting Jan. 23

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.

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Medical Marijuana Dispensary Has Host Agreement for Hyde Park Avenue Location

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.

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Serenity Apartments Sells for $123 Million on South Huntington Avenue

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.

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Judged by Martha Stewart, Brassica Kitchen Chef Dishes on Food Network’s ‘Chopped’

Leading up to her appearance on Food Network's hit show Chopped, Brassica Kitchen sous chef Brianna Bowering got tested Chopped-style by her coworkers. "Every day the kitchen is responsible for a meal for the staff before service. Leading up to me going on the show, some of the staff would go to the bodega down the street and pick three ingredients for me to cook with, then would set a time and watch me go for it. Each time we shortened the time I had to cook," said Bowering. To prepare for the show that pits four chefs against each other in three rounds of timed competition, Bowering memorized a few pastry recipes and ratios to ensure she had a few dessert possibilities if she made it to the final round.

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J.P. Licks and O’Malley Debut Boston’s First Coffee Composting Station

Always in pursuit to help the environment, Jamaica Plain's City Councilor Matt O'Malley recently teamed up with J.P. Licks to debut Boston's first coffee composting station. Did you know that when composted used coffee grounds are a fantastic source of nitrogen? That makes coffee grounds great for composting and gardening. So starting Dec. 27, J.P. Licks will be giving away used ground coffee from their in-house roaster every Tuesday and Thursday.

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