There will be a public meeting concerning storefront revisions and renovations to Chase Bank at 701 Centre Street. This meeting is being hosted by the Jamaica Pond Association, Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council, Jamaica Plain Business and Professional Association, Jamaica Plain Centre South Main Streets and the
Loring-Greenough House. Chase Bank's proposal for reconstruction and restoration of the storefront. You will have the opportunity to review the bank’s drawings and illustrations, ask questions and be updated on procedures and a timeline for implementation of the proposed
work. Date: January 30, 2020
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Farnsworth House, 90 South Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
You still have time to see JP Holiday Light Show on Centre Street as it's running every night until January 1. The JP Centre/South Main Streets show is projected onto 670 Centre St. (above City Feed), and has done so every night from Dec. 6. The 15-minute show plays on a loop, each night from 5 to 9 pm.
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.
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.
Thanks to architects Ed Forte, Michael Epp, and Gert Thorn for their ongoing diligence regarding Chase Bank’s design downgrade of 701 Centre St. without communication with the community, in spite of being located in the midst of a Neighborhood Design Overlay District. This is not the first time community input has “slipped through the cracks” or been waived away for businesses and developers and will not be the last, without community vigilance. As abutters to both 701 Centre and the recently built, oversized condo building at 11 Burroughs St., we are disappointed that regulations pertaining to these projects were overlooked and abutters were not notified of these neighborhood changes. When we made renovations to our house, we were obliged to delay construction for over two weeks until all 80 of our abutters had the opportunity to weigh in on the new design.