St. Clare Sisters Want to Demolish, Sell Monastery for Developer to Build Townhouses

The Poor Sisters of St. Clare have filed an application to demolish their monastery at 920 Centre St., and then would sell the property to a developer to build townhouses. The Boston Landmarks Commission (BLC) received an application to demolish the monastery located next to the Arnold Arboretum by Murray Circle, and BLC staff has 10 calendar days to make a determination about historical, architectural, cultural, or urban design significance. If you have input about the significance of this property, please send your feedback to blc@boston.gov before 5 pm on March 10, 2022. The application states that the Poor Sisters want to demolish the property, and can do so under the freedom of religion provided to them by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

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Rendering of proposed development at 3478 Washington St.

No Bites Yet for Small Grocery in Doyle’s Block Redevelopment

When neighbors discuss what businesses they want, grocery stores are a perennial favorite. And that's the plan for the re-development of the Doyle's block: A small grocery store, in addition to a new restaurant and condos. So far, however, no grocer has agreed to move in to what would be a 4,178 square-foot space at the corner of Washington and Gartland. That doesn't trouble Lee Goodman, the JP native who's heading up the renovations. Goodman told Jamaica Plain News he'd sent the plans to six or eight grocers.

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Neighbors Hope to Prevent Razing of 1860s Home

A developer looking to raze a Forest Hills Street house built in the 1860s has met opposition from neighbors, the neighborhood council and a city councilor. A developer has proposed knocking down 106 Forest Hills Street to build a nine-unit building. The proposal has met resistance from more than two dozen neighbors, the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC), the JPNC Zoning Committee and District 6 City Councilor Matt O'Malley. The home was written about by the Massachusetts Historical Commission in the 1980s. The house is T-shaped with a slate single roof and "stylistically it is an interesting Italianate-mansard hybrid."

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