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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Resident Led Meeting to Discuss Franklin Park, Shattuck Hospital Redevelopment on Oct. 24

Jamaica Plain residents are invited to a public meeting to discuss the future of the Shattuck Hospital Campus redevelopment process on Oct. 24. The meeting is being led by the newly-formed Parks + Committee of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council. There have been three previous public meetings led by the state with the last one being in June 2019. This community led meeting will provide an update on the most recent plans, the history of the site, future possibilities, and more.

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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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