Calling all artists! Hyde Square Task Force is looking to host a series of outdoor pop-up art performances/exhibits in different locations throughout Boston’s Latin Quarter between June and August. We are looking for a variety of performances/exhibits that will uplift the Afro-Latin culture of the neighborhood, bring vibrancy to the cultural district, and encourage people to get out in the district and support our local businesses. We are open to all art forms! Deadline is Monday, May 17th.
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.
Construction recently started on the new Holtzer Park housing development which will include 62 new affordable rental units in Jackson Square. The development is part of the Boston Housing Authority’s (BHA) 125 Amory Street redevelopment. The project is a joint venture between The Community Builders, Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC), and Urban Edge, which are renovating and preserving 199 public housing units as affordable housing, repurposing BHA offices into 12 new affordable units, and building approximately 133 units of affordable housing and 214 market-rate apartments in three new buildings on adjacent BHA-owned property. Holtzer Park will create 41 affordable units for households whose income is less than $76,740 for a family of four and are supported with Low Income Housing Tax Credits, according to a press release. An additional 21 of units will have project-based vouchers to provide more affordability for households whose income is less than $38,350 for a family of four.
The Jackson Square Stop & Shop supermarket is looking to help students by offering a free back-to-school program that includes better-for-you snacks and hand sanitizer. With schools adopting hybrid or remote models of learning this fall, many students may continue to face a nutritional gap as parents struggle to afford groceries given the financial implications of the COVID-19 pandemic – and the need to buy additional food for a home-bound family. With food playing a vital role in student success, Stop & Shop launched a Back-to-School Snack Program to help ease the burden on families as a result of the pandemic and ensure students are fueled for a successful school year. Beginning September 9th and running through early October, the Stop & Shop Back-to-School Snack Program will provide a free bag of better-for-you snacks, as well as hand sanitizer, to students who visit one of the supermarket’s 52 stores hosting the program. The participating stores include all 27 Stop & Shop locations in New York City, nine in Boston, and four Providence, as well as select stores in Westchester, NY; Western Massachusetts; Bridgeport and the Hartford area in Connecticut; and Fall River.
A 24-year-old Jamaica Plain man has been identified as the victim from a Thursday night shooting on Centre Street. Boston Police responded to a shot spotter activation around 9:59 pm on May 21 in the area of 267 Centre St. Upon arrival police found two victims suffering from gunshot wounds. One of the victims, Dashawn Davis, 24, of Jamaica Plain, was later pronounced dead, according to BPDnews.com. The other victim was treated, and their injuries are not considering life threatening.