Santo Ramírez, one of the store owners being evicted from City Realty property on Washington Street, shakes hands with supporters during a rally on Sept. 16, 2014.

Biz Owner Says Deal Will Help Families Beyond Egleston Itself

An Egleston Square business owner facing eviction said a tentative deal allowing him and five other entrepreneurs to stay would send a ripple of positive effects beyond Jamaica Plain and Roxbury. The six remaining long-time tenants of 3152-3160 Washington St. — all Latinos — have reached a verbal agreement with new landlord City Realty that may allow them to continue operating in Egleston Square. One of those business people is Santo Anibal Ramirez of Anibal Color Studio. "Though it was just a verbal agreement, that's how all resolutions start.

Protesters hold signs at an Egleston Square rally on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014.

Latino Biz Owners Hammer Out Deal With New Landlord

Six Latino-owned businesses on the brink of having to leave Egleston Square because of rent hikes appear to have a deal that will keep them in place. Luis Cotto, executive director of Egleston Square Main Street, said Wednesday that City Realty's Fred Starikov  has tentatively agreed to reasonable rent increases for six of the remaining business at 3152-3160 Washington St. Cotto said that City Reality held a four-hour meeting with the community. The meeting, which comes after months of negotiations, was brokered in part by City Councilor Matt O'Malley's office and led by Alison Moronta, small business director for the JP Neighborhood Development Corp. "City Reality realized they were being shut out of other projects" by the way they mishandled Egleston Square, said Pablo Calderon, chairperson of the Egleston Square Neighborhood Assoc. The news about 3152-3160 Washington came during a Wednesday meeting of the revamped neighborhood association.