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.
The Hyde Jackson Jackson Square Main Street organization has changed its name and is now Three Squares Main Street JP. "Rebranding to Three Squares Main Street JP clearly positions our organization to advance the Main Street model in the three squares of our business district in Jackson Square, Hyde Square, and Canary Square," said Gerald Robbins, executive director of the organization. "Our role is unique and critically important to the business district and we want to stand apart as such." The district's geography is not changing, as it encompasses Centre Street from Jackson Square to Canary Square, with Hyde Square in between Jackson and Canary squares. Three Squares Main Street JP was formed in 1998, and is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
Jerk chicken, curry vegetable stew, pulled jerk pork are just a few of the scrumptious offerings at the newest restaurant in Jamaica Plain -- Jamaica Mi Hungry -- which recently opened in Jackson Square. Jamaica Mi Hungry started off as a food truck, and this its first brick and mortar business in Boston. They've also had a seasonal restaurant in Hampton, New Hampshire. The restaurant is owned by chef Ernie Campbell, and his partner Aquila Kentish is the general manager, and recently had a baby! The restaurant offers entrees such as oxtail braised in root beer ale, and curry goat, which come with two sides such as sweet plantains, mac and cheese, and dill slaw.