Chase Bank Complies with Protestors’ Preferred Renovation Designs

A group of protesting residents will get their desired and proposed renovation details for Chase's new branch on Centre Street after the bank agreed with the city to the community's demands. The group protested during Saturday's dreary rain outside of the new business at 701 Centre Street. Previously, Jamaica Plain residents, business owners and neighborhood associations came together questioning the process that allowed Chase Bank to make unpermitted renovations to its new location. On Dec. 13, Chase Bank representatives met with community members, staff from the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA), Inspectional Services Department (ISD) and District 6 City Councilor Matt O'Malley's office, to find a resolution to issues that have been raised and understand the next steps.

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BPDA Board Approves Two JP Projects: 65 Units, All Income-Restricted; 45 units, 10 income-restricted

Two proposed Jamaica Plain projects approved by the Boston Planning & Development Agency board on Dec. 12 will provide more income-restricted housing to the city. The existing buildings at 1595-1599 Columbus Ave. will be demolished, and a 65-unit, six-story building in which all units would be income-restricted, will be built. There would also be 4,000 square feet of non-residential space on the ground floor, which is being envisioned as a workspace for artists, office space or other uses. The project is being made Urban Edge Housing Corporation.

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Mayor Walsh Celebrates BPDA Approval of Pine Street Inn Housing Project in JP

On Thursday night, the Boston Planning & Development Agency Board of Directors voted in support to move forward a project that will provide 140 units designated as supportive housing for individuals served by Pine Street Inn. "In Boston, we are committed to making sure that every individual has a place to call home and build a better life," said Mayor Martin Walsh via press release. "This project is only possible because of the commitment of Pine Street Inn, The Community Builders, and many partners and stakeholders across the city who have joined our call to bring an end to chronic homelessness." The project, located at 3368 Washington St., will demolish the existing structure owned by Pine Street Inn, which houses operations and offices. The new project will be the city's largest supportive housing development.

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Public Meeting for Proposed 46-Unit Brookley Road Apartment Building on Oct. 24

A proposed 4-story, 46-unit rental apartment building for Brookley Road will be discussed at a public meeting on Oct. 24. The building is proposed for the corner of Brookley and Stonley roads, with a listed address of 35 Brookley Road. All of the building's units would be rentals, with three of them being artist live/work units, according to the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA). There would be at-grade parking for 21 vehicles, and onsite storage for 52 bicycles.

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