View of The Residences at Forest Hills from the T station

City to Host Meeting Wednesday on Six-Story ‘Residences at Forest Hills’

The city's planning agency will hold a meeting Wednesday about the latest large-scale housing development being pitched for Forest Hills. "The Residences at Forest Hills" would replace a parking lot at the corner of Washington and the Arborway. Slated to include 252 residential units and 5,500 square feet of retail, the proposal would stand six stories high. Meeting details
The Boston Planning & Development Agency will host a community meeting on Wednesday, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at St. Andrew Church, just up the hill from the proposed development at 24 Orchardhill Road.


64 Allandale St. Project Gains BPDA Approval, Despite Objections

The Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) board has approved the latest development plans at 64 Allandale St., a residential project proposed for the border of West Roxbury and Jamaica Plain, despite continued objections from residents at a meeting earlier this month. The BPDA (formerly the Boston Redevelopment Agency, or BRA) included the 64 Allendale St. project on its Nov. 17 agenda, and tweeted following the meeting:

Board approves updates to 64 Allandale St. project by way of Notice of Project Change (NPC)— BPDA (@BostonPlans) November 17, 2016

The Jamaica Plain Gazette reported that at a meeting Nov.


Free Upcoming JPNDC Workshops for Parents

The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) is holding a workshop for parents Tuesday, Nov. 15, from 6 to 8 p.m.

The JPNDC Family Childcare Program is teaming up with the Federation for Children with Special Needs to sponsor a series of free workshops for parents. Already this fall, the partnership has delivered a workshop called "When Your Child Turns 3." Tuesday's workshop is called "Your Child's Individual Education Plan." The workshop will be held at the JPNDC at 31 Germania St.

The Jamaica Plain portion of the Orange Line, as seen on a subway car map.

Orange Line Evacuated, Leaving Service at Standstill

Panicked Orange Line riders fled smoky Back Bay Station through train windows during Wednesday's commute home. Smoke in Back Bay Station #mbta #boston #orangeline
— Stuart Long (@StuartLong81) October 26, 2016

Service was suspended between Jackson Square and Haymarket. Shuttle buses are being deployed between Jackson and Copley. Initial reports were that a train engine overheated. Five people were treated for smoke inhalation, the Boston Globe reports, and the commute came to a standstill for some:

Around 6 p.m., confusion continued to reign among some commuters, who entered the station only to find the Orange Line inaccessible.


Democratic Ward Committees to Host Candidates Forum Tuesday

The Ward 11 and 19 Democratic Ward Committees are holding a candidates forum this evening in the lead-up to the Sept. 8 state primary. The forum will be held Tuesday, Aug. 23, in the community room at the Farnsworth House at 90 South St. It will kick off at 5:30 p.m. with a meet-and-greet with the candidates.

One of the many dogs on hand at the Jamaica Plain Music Festival, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015.

Online Petition for a Jamaica Plain Off-Leash Dog Park Gathering Support

Public support for a dog park in Jamaica Plain has gain steamed this week thanks to a petition. The movement for a dog park was jumpstarted earlier this month after Boston's Park and Recreation Department said the Beecher Street Park would no longer be an off-leash dog park. Eva Kaniasty started the petition, which will be delivered to several local and state representatives, including District 6 City Councilor Matt O’Malley, who has requested a public meeting with the Department of Conservation and Recreation to discuss creating a dog park in JP.  Once the petition reaches 300 signatures, it will also be delivered to DCR Commissioner Leo Roy, the MassParks Paws Program, Board President of the Franklin Park Coalition Anita Morson-Matr, and Southwest Corridor Park Conservancy President Franco Campanello. The petition had close to 250 signatures as of Monday night only a few days after its creation.


Let’s Get a Different Photo for Bromley-Heath on Google

Googling particular places and events often produces some interesting photos in search results. Sometimes those photos are accurate and reflective of the search item, sometimes they aren't and sometimes they don't convey a positive message -- like a photo that comes up on Google when searching for "Bromley-Heath." The photo in question depicts multiple Boston Police Department vehicles with flashing lights outside of the Bromley-Heath Housing Development in Jamaica Plain's Jackson Square. Luis Edgardo Cotto, executive director of Egleston Square Main Street, pointed to the photo on Twitter Monday afternoon:

Earlier this year, Bromley-Heath formally changed its name to the Mildred C. Hailey Apartments in honor of Hailey, who founded the Bromley-Heath Tenant Management Corporation (TMC). But there could be a fix: Users can apparently help change the photos that appear in Google searches by uploading new photos and suggesting an edit, as pointed out Tim Lawrence:

And it looks like Cotto, who is always championing JP, planned on adding some new photos tonight:

It would be fitting if the new photo came tonight, the same evening that city officials are gathering at the Mildred C. Hailey Apartments for National Night Out, an annual event that promotes community-police partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie.


Stonybrook Neighborhood Meeting About Plan JP/Rox on Thursday

The Boston Redevelopment Authority will be hosting a special meeting for the Stonybrook neighborhood on Thursday to discuss the Plan JP/Rox. BRA representatives will provide an overview of their draft plan with an emphasis on portions that will have the most impact on neighbors. The Plan JP/Rox planning process is entering its final phase and this is an opportunity to learn about the proposed zoning recommendations, discuss, ask questions and provide input. This public meeting will be held at Doyle's back room at 3484 Washington St. at 7 to 8:30 pm.


Casey Arborway Project Meeting July 20

A public meeting on the Casey Arborway project will be held Wednesday evening, on the heels of last month's revelation that the projected completion date is now a year later than originally forecast. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) will hold the fifth public construction update meeting Wednesday, July 20, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at English High School. In addition to sharing a progress update, MassDOT officials will provide information on the next phases of the project. As reported late last month, the project, already behind schedule due to last year's historically bad winter, has been further slowed by issues with jet fan procurement, causing officials to re-sequence work as they await the delivery of fans next month. The projected completion date has been pushed to spring 2018, with an earlier “full beneficial use” date (construction speak for “everything done but the landscaping") of fall 2017.


Service is the Key for Newly Opened Bravo Pharmacy in Egleston Square

One of the newest businesses in Egleston Square is the independently-owned Bravo Pharmacy, which opened earlier this year and prides itself on its exceptional customer service. Owner Dmitri Limkov explained why he opened up in Egleston Square. "It had to be in JP," said Linkov, of the business nestled between Anique Nicole Hair Salon and Pin Bochince Restaurant at 3158 Washington St. "I see JP as the Liberty Island of Massachusetts. That's where everything started.