CPA $ Recommended for Affordable Housing, Olmsted Park and Franklin Park Bears Frieze

Boston is recommending that Community Preservation Act funds be used for 35 projects across the city, including for affordable housing in Jamaica Plain. "The Community Preservation Act is a new tool that will help take our work on affordable housing, historic preservation and open space to the next level," said Mayor Marty Walsh via press release. "I am proud to recommend these important projects for funding approval, which represent a wide range of needs and will build strong neighborhoods throughout our city." The city previously called for applications for projects that require less than $500,00 to begin construction by this fall. The recommended projects were broken into several categories: historic preservation, affordable housing, recreational use and open space, and blended historic preservation/recreational use and open space.


Councilor O’Malley Proclaiming June 20th Des Linden Day, Honoring Boston Marathon Winner

Desiree Linden was the first American woman to win the Boston Marathon in 33 years, and to honor her, Wednesday will be Des Linden Day in Boston. District 6 Boston City Councilor Matt O’Malley will host a meet and greet with Desiree “Des” Linden in Boston City Hall (Curley Room, 5th Floor) from 11 am to noon. Later at the weekly Boston City Council meeting at noon, O'Malley, himself and avid runner, will declare June 20, 2018, Des Linden Day in Boston. Linden has completed the Boston Marathon six times, and won it this year in treacherous weather conditions, with a time of 2:38:55.


Rep. Malia, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America Meet to Discuss Gun Control Legislation

State Rep. Liz Malia and Jamaica Plain members of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America recently met to discuss current Massachusetts legislation to prevent gun tragedies. They specifically discussed House Bill 3610, which would allow family and law enforcement officials to initiate a process to temporarily remove guns from individuals who demonstrate that they post a significant risk of doing harm to themselves or others. The legislation would create a means for concerned family members to petition the court directly for a civil order, an extreme risk protective order (ERPO) to temporarily restrict access to firearms from individuals when they pose a serious danger to themselves or others, according to a press release. Malia met with the group in late March. The bill was filed by state Rep. Marjorie Decker, D-Cambridge, in response to the mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida.


Shattuck Hospital Relocating Inpatient Beds, Adding Housing for Homeless: Public Meetings April 12th & 26th

The Shattuck Hospital campus will see a bunch of changes in the coming months and years. The state is planning to relocate 260 inpatient beds and other programs from Jamaica Plain to the South End in 2021, while also recently approving a 99-year lease for two acres of housing for chronically homeless individuals. There are two upcoming community meetings to discuss the changes. There will be an April 12th meeting to discuss the programs that are moving. During the meeting Massachusetts Secretary of Health & Human Services Marylou Sudders will be providing an overview of the relocation project and outline of the 12-month planning process.


Vacancy Fee for High-End Property Owners with Empty Storefronts, Apartments Proposed by O’Malley

Tired of looking at those large empty storefronts or vacant luxury residential units in big buildings? So is District 6 City Councilor Matt O'Malley, who has proposed a vacancy fee for landlords causing "high-end blight." "When properties remain vacant year after year, they create holes in the fabric of our communities," said O'Malley to Jamaica Plain News. "As we encourage investment in our neighborhoods, we must also make sure that investment benefits our neighbors. When storefronts and high rises are filled with people, they contribute to the community as well as to the property owner's bottom line.