3200 Washington Street as proposed. Looking south. Credit: 3190 Washington St. LLC
A three-man development team plans to build the largest housing development in the history of Egleston Square; a community it describes as "a vibrant [one] that owes its vibrant identity to its diversity to ethnic, racial, age and economic patterns." 3190 Washington Street LLC, managed by Justin Iantosca with partners Paul Iantosca and Dan Mangiacotti, has acquired the 3/4 acre that includes Economy Plumbing and E+J Auto at Washington Street, Montebello and Iffley Roads. A three building, $20 million, 76 unit development is proposed, to include two 5-to-6 story buildings facing Washington Street.
Two intersections two blocks apart in Egleston Square have two distinct problems. This was brought to the attention of Acting Boston Transportation Commissioner Jim Gillooly Tuesday afternoon. At a joint meeting of the Egleston Square Neighborhood Association and Egleston Square Main Street, the area was painted as a business district crossroads where traffic signals, vehicular turns, school children crossing to the library, pedestrians walking home and traffic back ups all come together. School Street
School Street, a residential cross-town street with three schools on it, has motorists rushing to catch the Washington Street light. That can endanger children and families who live on the street. "We have some key issues to look at," said Tim Reardon of the Neighborhood Association, who led the tour of residents, city transportation officials, Department of Neighborhood Development staffer Kara Miller and Police Officer Carlos Martinez.
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.
It's a beautiful morning, neighborhood. Here's your Morning Memo for all things JP. Eat Tapas, Buy Books, Snag Records for a Cause: Starting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, 10 percent of sales at Tres Gatos goes to JP Centre/South Main Streets. That means whether you get dinner, pick up a new novel or buy some fresh-pressed vinyl, you'll be helping an organization that supports local businesses. Concerned About Biking and Walking Safely on the Arborway?: As we mentioned in Monday's Morning Memo, the Department of Conservation and Recreation and the Arborway Coalition are hosting a meeting about pedestrian and bicycle safety on the Arborway near the main entrance to the Arboretum.