Community Meeting to be Held Wednesday About Franklin Park Muggings

Good morning, neighbors. Here's your Morning Memo for this warm fall day. Community Meeting About Muggings in Franklin Park: While much of the park isn't in JP, I know a lot of JP residents enjoy using the it. There's a community meeting Wednesday to address recent armed robberies in Franklin Park. (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); = id; js.src = "//"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));
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Gerry Ford, founder of Caffè Nero, makes a point during a meeting with the JP Business & Professional Assoc. on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014.

JP Business Group Stands Firm on ‘No’ to Caffè Nero

Give Caffè Nero executives credit — they waded into a basement meeting room crammed with local business owners already on record as not wanting the international coffee house chain in Jamaica Plain. But while several members of the JP Business & Professional Assoc. were complimentary of the presentation and question-and-answer session provided by the U.K.-based coffee giant, Caffè Nero didn't change any votes. The presentation, the family-owned chain's third so far in JP, came Thursday during a meeting at Prudential Realty on Centre Street. Caffè Nero has a signed lease to move into 733 Centre St., across from Blanchards.


JP Business & Professional Assoc.

Each month the JP Business & Professional Assoc. meets at a local business for lunch, networking and presentations. Meetings are usually held on third Wednesdays, but September's meeting will be held Thursday, Sept. 18, at Prudential Unlimited Realty, 673 Centre St., with lunch served at 12:15 p.m. and the meeting beginning at 12:30 p.m.

Board member Michael Reiskind reports that the agenda for the September meeting includes:

A request by Caffè Nero for support for a 7-day common victualler (restaurant) license and take-out license at 733 Centre Street. A request by Ten Tables at 597 Centre St.

Rendering of interior for Caffè Nero's 733 Centre St. location showing window onto Blanchards.

Caffè Nero Jamaica Plain: Here’s What It Would Look Like

Caffè Nero, a chain of European coffee houses aiming to open on Centre Street beside Blanchards, showed the Jamaica Pond Association renderings Monday night. Take a look. Two local business organizations — JP Local First and the JP Business & Professional Association — have come out against the family-owned coffee house opening in JP. On Monday night the Pond Association voted strongly not to oppose Caffè Nero. Here are the rest of the renderings.