AG: City Broke Open Meeting Law in Approving Controversial Egleston Development

The Attorney General's office ruled that a major city board intentionally violated the Open Meeting Law the day it gave final approval for a bellwether development at 3200 Washington St. Public notice laws let residents know what subjects government boards will discuss. The office of Attorney General Maura Healey announced on Friday that the Zoning Board of Appeals acted improperly by failing to post that 3200 Washington St. would be up for a vote. That vote, taken way back on Sept.


Weekend Tent City at 3200 Washington St.

Two actions Saturday and Sunday by City Life/Vida Urbana and Affordable Housing Eglston/Beantown  Society showed "what democracy looks like!" as the youth chanted to drivers Sunday afternoon outside 3200Washington Street. City Life demonstrated at 26 School Street Saturday afternoon - setting up an eviction free zone in the middle of the street.  Tenants facing eviction from that building said they can't afford to even live in the new affordable units planned for at 3200 Washington Street. This was the point  of Affordable Housing Egleston and the Beantown  Society at the Sunday rally: how do the youth stay in the community they've lived most of  their lives? AHE knows its history.


City Chooses JP Development Team for 52 Montebello Road

Mark your calendars: Thursday, Aug. 13.  5:30 p.m. Boston Redevelopment Authority board room. That's the day and time the BRA board will hear from and vote on the 3200 Washington Street/52 Montebello Road developments. This date was set 24 hours after the Department of Neighborhood Development voted to designate 3190 Washington St. LCC as developer of 50-52 Montebello Road.


Decision on Key Egleston Development Delayed — Again

What began exactly a year ago on July 23, 2014 when the Egleston Square Neighborhood Association got a premier showing of the plans for the Economy Plumbing site is no closer to approval. For the second time, the developers of 3200 Washington St. asked the Zoning Board of Appeals for deferment at its scheduled hearing on Tuesday. Speaking on behalf of local developers Justin Iantosca and Dan Mangiacotti, Attorney Joe Hanley requested the deferral because "we are still finalizing the Article 80 Large Project Review application" for the Boston Redevelopment Authority. The development team is now scheduled for the Zoning Board hearing on Tuesday, Sept 15.


Neighborhood Council Gives Firm ‘No’ to 3200 Washington St.

The full Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council on Tuesday voted 11-3 with one abstention to recommend that the city "deny all variances required" to the developers of 3200 Washington St. City boards, in this case the Zoning Board of Appeals, have the final say and can go against Neighborhood Council recommendations. However, that is rare. The proposed development has sparked intense discussion about what the mixed-use project. The $23 million housing development would bring 76 residential units in two five-six story buildings, plus retail on the ground floor, to a three-quarter acre corner lot now occupied by a plumbing warehouse, auto repair shop and parking garages.