Doyle’s Cafe Project Approved By BPDA; New Restaurant, Housing, Commercial Space Coming

The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) approved a project that will encompass the shell of the historical Doyle's Cafe building. The BPDA tweeted about it yesterday. The proposed project includes a renovation of the old Doyle's building, and a roof deck would be added. The interior could fit 100 people (post-COVID), and 100 more on the deck, which elevators would be added to make it ADA compliant. Lee Goodman of WaterMark Development has said that there would be murals in the same style of the ones that adorned the walls of the original Doyle's.

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Update Meeting: Doyle’s Cafe Project on Sept. 23

There will be a virtual public meeting about the proposed project on the site of the shuttered Doyle's Cafe on Sept. 23. The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) is hosting the meeting about the project located at 3478-3484 Washington St. The purpose of this meeting is to continue discussing the project. There will be a presentation followed by a Q&A and comments from the public.

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Photos: Rally Denouncing Lawsuits By Local Landlord, Turtle Swamp Brewing

Seniors were joined by Jamaica Plain residents on Saturday to stand up for a proposed low-income senior housing project that is being threatened due to lawsuits by a local landlord and Turtle Swamp Brewing. The rally was led by Mass Senior Action Council and City Life Vida Urbana (CLVU) to denounce the lawsuits filed by landlord Monty Gold and Turtle Swamp Brewing. The project would provide housing to low-income and extremely low-income seniors, as well as a new spot for a longtime neighborhood Latino-owned restaurant. "In short, this development is too big, too close to its neighbors, and does not provide parking or loading areas sufficient to serve the Project," says Turtle Swamp Brewing's lawsuit filed in Suffolk Superior Court. The project at 3371 Washington St. is a joint venture between New Atlantic Development LLC and nonprofit Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC), and has already been approved by the Boston Planning & Development Agency Board.

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Burnett Street Garden and Park Now Open on Once Polluted Site

A ribbon cutting was recently held for the Burnett Street Garden and Park, which was funded as part of a community benefits agreement with a developer. The park area includes a walking path with benches, picnic tables, a shaded structure, along with shrubbery, trees, and green space. The community garden has 28 raised beds, including four ADA raised beds, with a water supply and stone dust paths. In total, the park has 11,600 sq. ft.

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Lottery Applications Being Accepted for New Amory Street Income-Restricted Apartments

Lottery applications are now being accepted for 44 new income-restricted apartments at 25 Amory Street. This is a transit-orientated Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) project that is part of a multi-phase plan to transform land left vacant five decades ago when homes and businesses were bulldozed for a proposed highway. Twenty-nine of the 44 units are 2- and 3-bedroom apartments and are for families. Five of the units are being set aside for homeless individuals, and will be filled by a direct referral by HomeStart, according to 25amory.com. Five of the units are mobility accessible, and one unit is for sensory hearing.

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