Review of ZBA Announced After BPDA Employee Pleads Guilty to Bribery

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh said that the city has hired a law firm to review how the Zoning Board of Appeals conducts business after a city employee pleaded guilty to accepting bribes to influence the ZBA. On August 30, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced that John M. Lynch, 66, a former Assistant Director of Real Estate at theEconomic Development Industrial Corporation (EDIC), a division of the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA), pled guilty to accepting $50,000 in bribes from a Boston real estate developer. Lynch was supposed to use his official influence to secure a ZBA vote that favored the real estate developer on his federal tax return. The real estate development project was not in Jamaica Plain. Sullivan & Worcester LLP, a law firm outside of Boston, will conduct the review of the ZBA, starting with the rules and regulations in place that dictate how the board conducts business on behalf of residents, and those with matters before the board.

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This Is What New Condos Cost in Jamaica Plain

All around Jamaica Plain, particularly up and down Washington Street, there is new construction with most of the properties coming online in the coming year. Let's take a look at how much they cost and what comes with each place. 45 on Burnett (45 Burnett Street)

1-3 bedroom units starting at $499,000
Corner 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms unit is $775K and 1,146 sq. ft. Solid hardwood floors, Italian marble tiles, quartz counters
Heated garage parking, and electric car charging stations
Roof-top deck with built-in kitchen and views
Pet grooming station
Bike storage
State of the art gym

196 Boylston Street

3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, 1 garage parking space
1,600 sq.

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Holzer Park Project on Amory Street Moving Forward with 62 Restricted-Income Rental Units

The Holzer Park project on Amory Street is moving forward after the state committed to funding the building that will provide 62 new units of transit-oriented rental housing. Mayor Martin Walsh and the Department of Neighborhood Development made the announcement on July 23, as the project at 125 Amory Street has already received funding from the city. "I am excited that this project, along with several others, received the final amount of funding needed to begin the work to build more homes in our neighborhoods," said Mayor Walsh via press release. "This project adds 62 subsidized housing units that will offer more opportunities for low and middle income families to live and work in Boston and further contributes to the goals laid out in our Housing Boston 2030 plan." All of the 62 units will be income-restricted across different income levels.

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The History of 3326 Washington Street: The Turnpike School from 1851

From looking at the old J.P. Auto Glass building at 3326 Washington St., one wouldn't think that the building is from the 1850s. A development company has applied to demolish a Washington Street property. But before that happens, let's learn about the history of the building. The following article was first published on Historic Boston Incorporated, and an earlier version was published on the Jamaica Plain Historical Society page. It is being republished on Jamaica Plain News with permission from HBI.

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Community Meeting July 18: Proposed 225 Affordable Unit Apartment Building on Washington St

There will be a community meeting on July 18 to discuss a proposed six-story, 225 affordable units building on Washington Street that would have 140 units designated for supportive housing for individuals served by property owner Pine Street Inn. Pine Street Inn and The Community Builders (TCB) are partnering on the proposal to construct a new six-story, mixed-use building at 3368 Washington St., which is near Green Street and Glen Road. The existing warehouse facility on the site would be razed and the current uses temporarily relocated. Pine Street Inn would have a new office onsite for its case management staff and would provide intensive support services to the 140 supportive housing units. TCB would provide operational management of the property, according to Lydia Scott, TCB development project manager. The plan also includes creating an endowment to assist with providing services to residents in the long-term.

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