Rendering of proposed development at 3478 Washington St.

No Bites Yet for Small Grocery in Doyle’s Block Redevelopment

When neighbors discuss what businesses they want, grocery stores are a perennial favorite. And that's the plan for the re-development of the Doyle's block: A small grocery store, in addition to a new restaurant and condos. So far, however, no grocer has agreed to move in to what would be a 4,178 square-foot space at the corner of Washington and Gartland. That doesn't trouble Lee Goodman, the JP native who's heading up the renovations. Goodman told Jamaica Plain News he'd sent the plans to six or eight grocers.

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Developer Wants to Demolish Historical Williams Street Dye House

Currently, the dye house at 69 Williams Street and the landmark Doyle’s Café property next door are facing a proposed redevelopment into condos and a new restaurant building.  

April 26 is the last day to provide input to the Boston Landmarks Commission about this significant property. The commission could decide to delay the demolition of the property. Comments can be submitted by 5 pm by emailing blc@boston.gov.

Let's discuss the history of Isaac Cary’s historic property. Jamaica Plain's 69 Williams Street is a silk dye house that was built in 1880 by Isaac Harris Cary, a prominent merchant and real estate developer from JP.

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Opinion: Neighbors Come Together to Save Historical Zamora Street Home

The neighbors, homeowners, and community around Zamora Street are urging the city of Boston to oppose the demolition of a historic home to make way for an undisclosed number of condo units on lovely little Zamora Street. The home at 15 Zamora Street and the adjoining non-conforming open parcels hold a stately 5,000 square foot two-family home. The home was built in 1898 by former Mayor Edwin Curtis and his brother Nelson, members of the prominent Curtis family which inhabited Jamaica Plain for more than five generations, dating back to the 1600s. The land on both sides of it represents the last open space north of Perkins Street between the Riverway and South Huntington Avenue. Rightfully, at a hearing on February 23, the Boston Landmark Commission (BLC) unanimously opposed the demolition of this property and set in motion a 90-day demolition delay, however next steps in the process lie with the Inspectional Services Department (ISD) and tip in favor of development without further obligations to the community.  
The small but spirited community of Zamora Street has pulled together to understand the Article 85 policy and how to save this home which was specifically noted to meet criteria D and E of Section 85.5 0.3 due to association with one or more historical persons.

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8 Condos Available: New Housing Lottery Applications Due by April 23

The city announced that eight condominiums are going to be sold to all first-time homebuyers through a lottery system. There are several things to keep in mind for applicants:

Homes are sold by lottery
Only qualified applicants will be entered
The property is deed-restricted; owner-occupancy requirements apply
Income and asset limitations apply
You must be a first-time homebuyer
Homebuyers will need to complete an approved homebuyer education course prior to closing
Boston residency preference
Preference for households with a mobility impairment for accessible unit
Preference for households who meet or exceed the number of bedrooms

The condos were built by the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC). Below is more information about the units. Income limits for qualified buyers are based on 80% and 100% Area Median Income Limits as defined by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Six condos for households at or below 80% AMI

One 2-bedroom, 1 bathroom units at $221,900
Five 4-bedroom, 2 bathroom units at $288,700

Two condos for households at or below 100% AMI

One 2-bedroom, 1 bathroom unit at $288,700
One 4-bedroom, 2 bathroom unit at $366,900

The 80% AMI 2-bedroom unit is built-out for persons with mobility impairments.

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Two Upcoming Development Meetings: Mildred Hailey Apartments; Faulkner Hospital

Two upcoming neighborhood meetings will continue to discuss two separate development projects. One the redevelopment of the Mildred C. Hailey Apartments in Jackson Square, and an addition to Faulkner Hospital. The next meeting about Phase I of the redevelopment of the Mildred C. Hailey Apartments will be with the Impact Advisory Group (IAG) on March 22 from 6 to 8 pm. Phase I of the redevelopment includes a 1-to-1 replacement of the existing 253 public housing units and add 435 more housing units. The 435 units would be deemed affordable and upper middle-income apartments.

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