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.