Goddard House Project Reduced in Size Due to Construction Costs

The Boston Planning & Development Agency board has approved proposed changes to the Goddard House project on South Huntington Avenue, which will be reduced in size due to financial constraints, according to the developer. The project had been approved by the BPDA for 165,000 sq. ft., while the new plan shrinks the size to 150,000 sq. ft. The number of units also decreased from 167 to 149.


BPDA Board Approves Plans to Double Size, Add Turf Field at Jackson Square Rec Center

The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) board approved new plans for a proposed Jackson Square Recreational Center that vastly increases the size of the center and adds an additional floor. The BPDA board approved plans on March 17 that call for a 75,000 square foot recreation center at the intersection of Columbus Avenue and Ritchie Street across the street from the Jackson Square MBTA Station in Jamaica Plain. Earlier plans had the project at 34,000 square feet, said BPDA spokesperson Bonnie McGilpin. The size increase is due to an the addition of another floor to the project. The recreation center would be a three-story multi-use indoor space with an ice rink on the first floor 10 months of the year, with a mezzanine level (regarded as the second floor) that includes bleacher seating for the ice rink.


PLAN: JP/ROX Public Event on Wednesday Night

The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) will host a public event for residents to learn about the priorities of PLAN: JP/ROX, and for the community to provide comments about the PLAN's recommendations. PLAN: JP/ROX is a study to actively engage the community to create a new vision and plan for the area between Forest Hills, Egleston Square and Jackson Square, generally bounded by Washington Street, Columbus Avenue, and Amory Street, according to the BPDA's website. The plan encompasses approximately 250 acres and more than 6,000 residents. Since July 2015 there have been nine community events, 12 public advisory group meetings and more than 25 small group and stakeholder meetings, according to the BPDA website. The goal of the PLAN is to create recommendations that will be adopted in a subsequent zoning phase that will involve the community.


Stonley Road Proposal Updated, Will Seek Several Zoning Variances

The Boston Planning & Development Agency Board of Directors is expected to recommend this week that a proposed four-story residential building on Stonley Road -- which has been modified based on feedback from neighborhood associations and residents -- should receive a number of zoning variances. The current proposal for the site is a 4-story, 28-unit rental residential building situated on 30,720 square feet with 23 below-grade parking spaces. On Thursday, Nov. 17, the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA, formerly the Boston Redevelopment Authority) Board of Directors will request the authorization of a certification of approval in accordance with Article 80E, which is required for this project. The board is also expected to recommend that the Zoning Board of Appeals approve several zoning relief variances because, as proposed, the current amount of off-street parking and the rear yard size are insufficient for a project of this size, the site is not zoned for multifamily usage, and the building height exceeds current zoning guidelines.