Community members are not going to like this, but Clear Channel has put the property that has been home to the Egleston Square Peace Garden up for sale. The property at 3127-3131 Washington St. (corner of Washington and School streets) has been listed by Colliers for $1.1 million as of Dec. 6. The real estate listing states the 5,497 sq.
The Boston Transportation Department is hosting three upcoming meetings to examine how to make safety and traffic improvements in the Egleston Square area, with a focus on several specific streets. BTD is looking for feedback on changes to particularly affect Atherton, Beethoven, Copley, and Arcadia streets. There will be several public sessions to provide feedback. There will be a popup meeting at Lawson Park (corner of Atherton and Washington streets) on Dec. 9 from 2-4 pm.
The following is an open letter to our communities in Jamaica Plain, Roxbury and our elected officials about the Egleston Square Peace Garden:
We have all been concerned about the condition of 3127 Washington Street, also known as the Egleston Square Peace Garden at Washington and School Streets.
Clear Channel Outdoor, an outdoor advertising company, owns this parcel and operates a billboard there permitted in 1980. Clear Channel is legally responsible for the condition of their property. They installed a fence around it beginning around Nov. 11 after receiving pressure to do so from the city of Boston Inspectional Services Department because of multiple code violations recently found there. Seeing this fence stirs up many emotions, including anxiety for people who have been receiving outreach and services there.
Boston Police are searching for a suspect who ran up to a vehicle during the middle of the day, and brazenly opened fire on the car, killing one person. Police were called to the area of 3108 Washington St. around 2:22 pm, and found one adult male suffering from gunshot wounds, who was pronounced deceased at a local hospital, according to BPDnews.com. The Boston Police Department are investigating the shooting and asking anyone with information relative to the investigation to contact Boston Police Homicide Detectives at 617-343-4470. Shocking video footage of the shooter was recorded by at least two cameras, one by a driver's dash camera, that shows the suspect running down the street and up to a parked vehicle, and then opening fire at that vehicle's driver's side, reported WCVB.
Nonprofit Urban Edge recently released a report highlighting the priorities and the vision for the future that youth living in Roxbury and Jamaica Plain have for their community. The “Community Assessment of Youth Programs, Services, and Opportunities,” which was conducted by Health Resources in Action, provides a snapshot of these neighborhoods’ demographics and highlights both concerns and opportunities for youth in the Jackson and Egleston Square communities. More than 300 young residents of Roxbury and Jamaica Plain were engaged in the assessment process, through a variety of methods that included phone interviews, virtual focus groups, and an online community survey. “This assessment has reinforced how culturally vibrant and diverse Roxbury and Jamaica Plain are, and the young people who live here are rightly proud of that fact,” said Emilio Dorcely, Urban Edge’s Chief Executive Officer. “But we also see the disparities within the community and the barriers that many of our young people face when it comes to economic opportunity.”
The assessment found that major areas of concern of residents were focused on financial security and economic opportunity – 63% of participants were looking for a new job and almost half (44%) were looking for higher pay while more than a quarter were looking for greater economic advancement.