How can Egleston Square be a more pleasant place? That's a question that will be examined at the next JP/Rox Transportation Action Plan meeting on Oct. 23. At the meeting, the fourth on the topic of Egleston Square, Transportation Department personnel will discuss public feedback they received about two plans the city put forth to make the area safer to walk and travel through. A preview of actions items for the upcoming meeting will also be discussed, as well as priorities for the project.
Developer City Realty is proposing combining two lots into one at 197-201 Green St., razing a vacant professionally-graffitied house and constructing a 4-story mixed-use building. City Realty's proposal is two combine two lots into one and construct the building, which would be rental residential units, include one retail space and six off-street parking spaces. The current proposed unit breakdown is for: 4 studios, 4 live/artist work units, 12 1-bed units, and 3 2-bed units. A City Realty rep said the current plan is to make the live/artist work units into affordable Inclusionary Development Policy units, but that will be determined by the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA). One lot at 197 Green Street has the "Little House on Green Street," which was professionally graffitied by local artists.
The city is holding three pop-up sessions this week to solicit feedback about the JP/Rox Transportation Action Plan. If you can't make it to the sessions you can also participate in an online poll, as well as submit feedback by Sept. 15, about two concepts to improve Egleston Square. These are the scheduled dates, times and locations for this week's pop-ups. They are subject to change due to weather.
A developer looking to raze a Forest Hills Street house built in the 1860s has met opposition from neighbors, the neighborhood council and a city councilor. A developer has proposed knocking down 106 Forest Hills Street to build a nine-unit building. The proposal has met resistance from more than two dozen neighbors, the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC), the JPNC Zoning Committee and District 6 City Councilor Matt O'Malley. The home was written about by the Massachusetts Historical Commission in the 1980s. The house is T-shaped with a slate single roof and "stylistically it is an interesting Italianate-mansard hybrid."
Adding something new to something old to the Jamaica Plain Branch Library has been a wild success, aside from the Copley Square main branch, it is most used library in Boston. And recently the Boston Preservation Alliance honored the South Street branch for its renovations. "On this, the 40th Anniversary of the Alliance and the 30th year we've awarded projects, an emphasis on neighborhoods which percolated up from our nominees collectively exemplify what is central to Boston's success: historic places working in harmony with new construction throughout the city's neighborhoods," says Boston Preservation Alliance's website about the awards. Renovations of the library originally built in 1911 starting in 2015 and the library reopened May 2017. The Boston Preservation Alliance described how the renovations successfully mixed the new with the old:
The new addition reinstated a prominent entry sequence to the library, but the rest of the building needed a major update as well and this was completed with the utmost sympathy to its history.