Mixed-Use Centre Street 18 Rental Unit Development Approved By BPDA

The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) Board of Directors approved a mixed-use 18-rental unit, 4 commercial unit development on Centre Street earlier in February

Back in 2017 a one-story building was razed at this location and it's been a slow construction process since then. There is currently a four-story shell of a building at the site. The new development will include approximately four income-restricted units, seven parking spots, one electric vehicle charging station, 18 interior bicycle storage spaces for residents, and eight exterior bicycle storage spaces for visitors. The BPDA cited community benefits of projects include the eight bicycle storage spaces along Centre Street for use by the public, and accessibility improvements to the nearby sidewalks and pedestrian pathways.

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3390 Washington St. Impact Advisory Group Meeting on Feb. 1

The impact advisory group (IAG) for a proposed 160-residential unit development with a first floor restaurant will meet on Feb. 1. The owner of BMS Paper, a store on the site, would redevelop the site to add the mixed-use building. The proposal includes off street parking for 195 vehicles. The eatery would be a "moderately priced neighborhood style restaurant," and the total project would be in 199,000 sq.

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BPDA Giving Update of Plan: JP/ROX at JPNC on Jan. 21

The Boston Planning & Redevelopment Agency (BPDA) will be at the next Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) to provide an update on how development projects have contributed to meeting the goals of Plan: JP/Rox. The BPDA will be providing an update, and collecting feedback from the community on the implementation of the plan. The guidelines outlined in Plan: JP/ROX were adopted by the BPDA's Board of Directors on March 2, 2017. The plan provides recommendations and strategies on developing former industrial sites, affordable housing, jobs and businesses, guidelines for urban design, and suggestions for improvements to transportation, connections, open space, sustainability, and the public realm. The plan was created after an intense 2.5 year planning process that engaged the community to plan the area between Forest Hills, Egleston Square, and Jackson Square.

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Chase Bank Complies with Protestors’ Preferred Renovation Designs

A group of protesting residents will get their desired and proposed renovation details for Chase's new branch on Centre Street after the bank agreed with the city to the community's demands. The group protested during Saturday's dreary rain outside of the new business at 701 Centre Street. Previously, Jamaica Plain residents, business owners and neighborhood associations came together questioning the process that allowed Chase Bank to make unpermitted renovations to its new location. On Dec. 13, Chase Bank representatives met with community members, staff from the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA), Inspectional Services Department (ISD) and District 6 City Councilor Matt O'Malley's office, to find a resolution to issues that have been raised and understand the next steps.

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Chase Redoing Storefront After Renovations Out of Character Rest of Area

Jamaica Plain residents, business owners and neighborhood associations banded together questioning the process that allowed Chase Bank to make unpermitted renovations to its new Centre Street location. Led by a triumvirate of licensed architects, who were either chairpersons or members of the former Jamaica Plain Centre/South Main Street's Design Committee, the permit process was doubted. After doing their own research, Ed Forte, Michael Epp, and current Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council member Gert Thorn, learned that Chase Bank was doing work that required a design review, which had not taken place. They also felt that the renovations, specifically the metallic-look, was out of character of the area of 701 Centre Street. The trio wrote to a plethora of city departments, city officials, and elected officials, to voice their concerns.

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