Businesses are being asked to offer their opinions on what they'd want to see if Centre/South Street were redesigned. The Boston Cyclists Union and JP Centre/South Main Streets are conducting a survey of businesses in the district, and will be sharing the survey's results with the Boston Transportation Department. The city's plans for the Centre/South redesign are on hold, but are expected to restart soon, according to the JPCSMS newsletter. It is part of the already completed redesign of Jackson Square and Hyde Square. The city has allocated more than $700,000 for the design alone, which would go from Hyde Square down Centre and South streets to the Arborway, said Ginger Brown, director of JPCSMS.
The survey asks business owners to rank seven options on what they feel is most important in a redesign: increased pedestrian/sidewalk space; improved bike infrastructure and bike parking; improved bus service; improved streetscape (like benches, lighting, greenery, public art); better signage for the business district; and increased parking for cars.
A new bank branch will fill a prime vacant commercial spot on Centre Street that already has four banks within 100 yards of its location. A JP Morgan Chase employee confirmed to Jamaica Plain News that Chase will be opening a branch at 701 Centre Street by the end of October. Chase will be going into the old Bukhara restaurant location, which moved from its longtime Centre Street location on April 1, 2019, to a new location in Forest Hills. Chase Bank will certainly not be filling a void of financial institutions on Centre Street. There are already four banks within 100 yards of Chase's new branch -- a Bank of America at 677 Centre St., Eastern Bank at 687 Centre St., Citizens Bank at 696 Centre St., and Rockland Trust at 725 Centre St.
The recent extreme heat delayed Mayor Marty Walsh touring around Main Street districts highlighting local businesses and volunteers, including several of Jamaica Plain's favorite businesses. Some of the JP part of the tour was rescheduled for July 22, and some of the tour was rescheduled for this weekend. During three separate days, Mayor Walsh will visit nine different locations, honoring 20 Main Street volunteers and numerous businesses. This weekend the PikaloX restaurant and volunteer Eugenia Arroyo, will be honored as part of Egleston Square Main Streets. The Little Dipper restaurant, and volunteer Melvin Tutiven will be honored by the Jamaica Plain Centre South Main Streets program.
Have fun and work along other volunteers to ensure that street trees between Jackson Square and Canary Square get the love they need, public spaces are beautiful and ready for spring, and steel bollards are removed of rust and painted. A free community lunch will follow your dedication. We'll meet at Mozart Park at 10 Mozart Street at 9:00 am.
Susanna is coming to Jamaica Plain. A women's boutique, Susanna, with one store in Cambridge, will open its second location in July replacing a longtime Centre Street business. Jamaica Plain resident Amy Driscoll was planning to open her second boutique in the new commercial space at 7 Burroughs St., but changed course when Fire Opal announced it was leaving its 683 Centre St. location. Driscoll told Jamaica Plain News that she was approached about the Centre Street space when it became available and she couldn't pass it up.