Letter: Faulkner Hospital Construction Truck Parking on Centre Street Endangers Public Safety

During the height of the Monday morning rush hour, two tractor trailers carrying cranes for the Faulkner Hospital expansion PARKED in and completely blocked one of only two inbound travel lanes for commuters going into Boston from the Parkway neighborhoods and southwest suburbs for nearly two hours. These trucks were not unloading but were parked for hours at an already congested and dangerous intersection waiting to be waved on to the construction site hundreds of feet away. This massive disruption was completely unnecessary as there was plenty of parking available on the road shoulder in front of the Faulkner Hospital just across the street - a large, long, mostly EMPTY lane many hundreds of feet long. This area is designed for a bus stop and exclusive right turn lane. The volume of traffic in that lane on that outbound side is exponentially lighter than the inbound side during the morning commute.


Two Upcoming Development Meetings: Mildred Hailey Apartments; Faulkner Hospital

Two upcoming neighborhood meetings will continue to discuss two separate development projects. One the redevelopment of the Mildred C. Hailey Apartments in Jackson Square, and an addition to Faulkner Hospital. The next meeting about Phase I of the redevelopment of the Mildred C. Hailey Apartments will be with the Impact Advisory Group (IAG) on March 22 from 6 to 8 pm. Phase I of the redevelopment includes a 1-to-1 replacement of the existing 253 public housing units and add 435 more housing units. The 435 units would be deemed affordable and upper middle-income apartments.


‘Jamaica Plain Through Time’ Takes Readers on Historical Tour of Neighborhood

Historian Anthony Sammarco's newest book Jamaica Plain Through Time chronicles the neighborhood from the late 19th century through to the 21st century. The following is from Sammarco's book with contemporary photographs by Peter B. Kingman. Known in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries as the Jamaica End of Roxbury, the neighborhood of Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, evolved from agrarian farmland for over 200 years into one of the more dynamic and inclusive neighborhoods of twenty-first century Boston. Jamaica Plain became one of the earliest streetcar suburbs of Boston with various forms of transportation linking it to downtown Boston. With horse drawn streetcars, the Boston & Providence Railroad as well as the Boston Elevated Railway, by the turn of the twentieth century, the ease of transportation allowed a thriving nexus of cultures to move to a community that not only saw tremendous residential and commercial development, especially with the numerous breweries along the Stony Brook, but also green space and open lands that were laid out by Frederick Law Olmsted as a part of the "Emerald Necklace" of Boston.


Faulkner Hospital Proposes 5-Story, 98,000 Sq. Ft. Inpatient Addition; Public Meeting on Aug. 14

A public meeting is being held on Aug. 14 to discuss Faulkner Hospital's proposal to build a 5-story addition to its current structure. This meeting will be the first time the Faulkner Hospital team will publicly present the institution's proposed plan. Brigham & Women's Faulkner Hospital (BWFH) proposal is for a 5-story, approximately 98,000 sq. ft inpatient addition adjacent to and south of the hospital's main entrance, according to the Boston Development & Planning Agency (BPDA).


Faulkner Hospital Workers Vote to Unionize

Five hundred service workers at Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital in Jamaica Plain voted to unionize this past week, reports the Boston Business Journal. The vote brings administrative, housekeeping, medical interpreters and food service workers into the health care union, which had worked since early this year to bring Faulkner Hospital employees into its chapter. Tyrék D. Lee, Sr., executive vice president of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, said in a press release that he wanted to "ensure good jobs, fair wages and respect" for the new workers, but could not say when a contract might be negotiated. Hospital official agreed not to block the workers' vote, but have said that it didn't seem necessary given that wages and benefits had already improved for the past several years. For more on the unionization vote, visit the Boston Business Journal.


Faulkner Hospital Workers May Seek to Unionize

An estimated 500 workers at Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital in Jamaica Plain will be taking a vote on whether to unionize, reports the Boston Business Journal. Union officials say the group has 75 days from Jan. 30 to complete organizing work and talk with support staff before the vote. The vote would affect support staff such as those in administrative services, housekeeping and food service. Per the BBJ:
The decision comes nearly a year after parent organization Partners HealthCare signed an agreement with 1199SEIU to unionize some Partners hospitals.

Resident parking sign in Moss Hill

Permit Parking Comes to Moss Hill

“Resident Permit Parking Only” signs have come to Moss Hill, where every house has a driveway and almost every driveway leads to a garage. Resident Lois Tow said that some of her neighbors were unhappy when visitors to the Faulkner Hospital parked on the neighborhood streets. Also, streets near the Manning School get crowded when parents drop off their kids and pick them up. As Tow tells the story, someone came around with a petition, and the signs went up. Tow said that her landscapers got a ticket and that an acquaintance who lives in Roxbury had trouble finding a parking place to attend an event at her child’s school.


Tagged Parakeet Found Near Faulkner Hospital

Here's a pic of parakeet. In Boston animal control's possession now. @universalhub pic.twitter.com/iU7CnviJ1k— Tillie Jupiter (@tilliejupiter) April 19, 2015

Social media was full of parakeet sightings on Saturday. The Real Lenny reported seeing one in his backyard, behind Faulkner Hospital. @universalhub found parakeet in my back yard pic.twitter.com/nTLu67Mt81— The Real Lenny (@3lcj) April 18, 2015

Tillie Jupiter was able to get closer and actually tempt the bird inside.


Car Wreck Reported Near Faulkner Hospital

A wreck in which a car hit a tree or telephone pole has brought emergency crews to Centre Street near the Faulkner Hospital, according to a JP resident who saw the aftermath of the crash. The crash took place at 1150 Centre St., according to the Twitter feed of Boston EMS Incidents. We'll bring you more details as we know them.