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.


5 Proposed Design Concepts To Be Revealed During Arnold Arboretum Entrance Improvement Meeting on Jan. 21

The Arnold Arboretum will display five proposed concepts for its entrance improvement project at a Jan. 21 meeting. The Arnold Arboretum is hosting an open house for the project on Jan. 21 from noon to 3 pm at the Weld Hill Research Building (1300 Centre St., Roslindale). Landscape design firm Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates will be present to discuss the project, and the five proposed concepts for five entrances, and provide feedback on the designs.


Public Meeting Dec. 6: Rockwood Street Proposal for 36 Units on 12 Wooded Acres

There will be a public meeting on Dec. 6 to discuss the proposed project at 96-100 Rockwood St. that would be built on 12 acres currently occupied by brush, trees, and one existing mansion. Rockwood Manor, as it will be called, is in the Moss Hill neighborhood, and would include 36 townhouse and flat style condo units in 14 new separate structures and renovation of an existing mansion that would provide amenities for residence. Eighteen of the units would be townhouse style and 18 would be flat style residences.


Blessed Sacrament Project Proposal Meeting Oct. 24; Comment Period Ends Oct. 28

There will be a virtual public meeting to discuss the proposed mixed-use, mixed-income Blessed Sacrament housing project on Oct. 24. The Boston Planning & Development Agency is hosting the meeting to discuss the overall project and the potential impacts. There will be a presentation followed by questions and comments from the public. The proposed project includes renovating and reusing the Blessed Sacrament Church.


Developer Pitches 55 Apartments in Renovation of Blessed Sacrament

The development company chosen to renovate and reuse Blessed Sacrament filed a letter of intent with the city outlining its proposed project. Hyde Square Task Force announced it was selling the Blessed Sacrament Church to Pennrose in October. Pennrose's proposal is for a mixed-use, mixed-income housing development in which Pennrose will honor Blessed Sacrament's architecture and history while adding more affordable housing to the neighborhood. The proposal calls for 6,475 sq. ft of multipurpose/performance space that would be operated by Hyde Square Task Force.


Blessed Sacrament Meeting on Aug. 15; Landmarks Commission Says Blessed Sacrament Merits Landmark Status

On the heals of the Boston Landmarks Commission recently released report stating that the Blessed Sacrament Church Complex merits landmark status, there will be a community meeting to provide an update about the plans for preservation and redevelopment of the church. The community meeting will be led by the Hyde Square Task Force and Pennrose, which develops and manages real estate, on August 15 at 6:30 pm at Hyde Square Task Force (30 Sunnyside St.).  The meeting will be in English with Spanish translation, and refreshments will be provided. The Landmarks Commission said the five-building Blessed Sacrament Church Complex merits recognition as a landmark at the regional, state, and local level. "The complex is a physical representation of the social and cultural history and significance of the Catholic Church in Boston around the turn of the last century and in the early 20th century," says the Commission's report. Architectural historian Keith Morgan said the Church of the Blessed Sacrament is one of the finest examples of Italian Renaissance Revival church architecture in New England.