Letter: Faulkner Hospital Construction Truck Parking on Centre Street Endangers Public Safety

During the height of the Monday morning rush hour, two tractor trailers carrying cranes for the Faulkner Hospital expansion PARKED in and completely blocked one of only two inbound travel lanes for commuters going into Boston from the Parkway neighborhoods and southwest suburbs for nearly two hours. These trucks were not unloading but were parked for hours at an already congested and dangerous intersection waiting to be waved on to the construction site hundreds of feet away. This massive disruption was completely unnecessary as there was plenty of parking available on the road shoulder in front of the Faulkner Hospital just across the street - a large, long, mostly EMPTY lane many hundreds of feet long. This area is designed for a bus stop and exclusive right turn lane. The volume of traffic in that lane on that outbound side is exponentially lighter than the inbound side during the morning commute.


Developer Proposes Knocking Down Hatoff’s Gas Station for Mixed-Use Building

A developer recently spoke with the Stonybrook Neighborhood Association about a proposal to raze Stan Hatoff's gas station and the adjacent Acme Auto Body Shop to make way for two mixed-use residential building. The Boston Bulletin reported on the meeting in which Joe Hassell of Boston Real Estate Capital attending the meeting, and said he attended the meeting to solicit feedback, and didn't have a proposal to show them. The properties have separate owners, and Hassell said he couldn't discuss negotiations. Via Zoom, Hassell said his plan was for multi-unit buildings with retail space on the first floor that would comply with the Plan JP/Rox and the plan's affordability recommendations. Hatoff's is a longtime gas station in Jamaica Plain, and has been at its current location since the 1980s.


Proposed Renovations to Centre Street Apartment Building Would Keep 97% Affordability

The owner of a Centre Street apartment building with tenants who are primarily low-income plans on renovating the building, and keeping 143 out of 147 units deemed affordable. The owner of the building, the Jamaica Plain Company, on behalf of Paul Clayton, filed a letter of intent (LOI) with the Boston Planning & Development Agency on Sept. 18, to renovate the Forbes Building located at 545 Centre St. The Forbes Building is the last property in the Section 13A Rental Housing Portfolio, according to the LOI. Last year, it was believed that at least 85 apartments were preserved for low-income renters for at least 20 years through the program.


Proposal to Redevelop Poor Clare Nuns Monastery Into Apartments, Daycare, Office, Gym + New Building

Public outcry in 2022 led to the cancellation of a plan for the Poor Sisters of St. Clare proposal to sell their monastery to be razed and the property redeveloped. Now there is a new proposal to rehab the Centre Street monastery and make it into a multi-use facility. Holland Properties LLC recently filed a letter of intent with the Boston Planning & Development Agency to completely rehab the existing 54,000 sq. ft.


CPA Funding Approved for New Curley School Playground, Jackson Square Greenway, Churches, and More

Community Preservation Act funds will be used to build a new school playground, support new affordable housing, and historically rehab several churches,

Mayor Michelle announced 56 projects will receive more than $40 million through CPA funds. The Boston City Council approved the funding on April 12. By law, projects must support the creation or preservation of affordable housing, historic sites, or open space and recreation. Since 2018, Boston has awarded more than $157 million to support 293 projects including 112 open space and recreation projects, 46 affordable housing projects, and 135 historic preservation projects, according to a press release. The following are the eight Jamaica Plain projects that are receiving funding:

361 Centre Street

$3,000,000 to partially fund an​ ​adaptive reuse rental proj​ect utilizing the vacant Blessed Sacrament Church in the Hyde Square neighborhood.


Governor, Mayor Announcing State’s ’23 Affordable Housing Funding Awards Including JPNDC Low-Income Senior Housing Project

Governor Maura Healey will be joined by Boston Mayor Michelle Wu on Wednesday in Jamaica Plain when the governor will announce the Commonwealth's affordable housing funds for 2023, including one JP project for low-income senior housing. Healey is making the announcement during a press conference at the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation's (JPNDC) Brewery Complex, where Wu will also deliver remarks. JPNDC will be receiving funding for two projects that will create 87 new affordable homes for low-income seniors, including 39 units at their project at 3371 Washington St. in Jamaica Plain.


Washington St. Project: 82 Fewer Units Being Discussed in Public Meeting on March 9

A virtual public meeting to discuss the impacts of a proposed project at 3390 Washington St., that has drastically reduced its initial proposal for residential units, will be on March 9. The project would be on a two-acre site where BMS Paper is currently located, and BMS Paper would be expanded. When it was initially proposed, the project included 160 residential units and a "moderately priced neighborhood style restaurant." The project is now for 78 residential units and off-street parking for 87 vehicles, according to the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) website. The amount of off-street parking spots has changed since the initial proposal of 195 parking spots.


Three Jamaica Plain Projects Receiving Funding for Income-Restricted Units

Mayor Michelle Wu joined the Hyde Square Task Force in Jamaica Plain at the site of the former Blessed Sacrament Church to announce $67 million in new recommended funding to create and preserve more than 800 income-restricted units of housing in eight Boston neighborhoods. Three of the 17 projects selected to receive funding are located in Jamaica Plain. All of the proposed projects meet the city's standards for zero-emissions buildings and represent transit-oriented, green development. The three JP projects include:

Pennrose Development and the Hyde Square Task Force will redevelop the former Blessed Sacrament Church with $6,250,000 in funding. The development team will create 55 mixed-income units of rental housing and a new performance space for the Hyde Square Task Force Creative Arts Program.


Woodland Dog Park, Tennis Courts, BBQ, White Stadium Updates: Franklin Park Action Plan Summary

The following is a summary of the Franklin Park Action Plan that includes recommendations for particular locations. Keep in mind that the Franklin Park Coalition board "regards many of these recommendations favorably," according to the plan's summary. But it is not an endorsement. The board has submitted comments on the Franklin Park Action Plan, including both endorsements and objections, to the Parks and Recreation Department in a separate document which will be made available on the Franklin Park Coalition website. You can register for a virtual public meeting hosted by the coalition about the action plan on Feb.