Most-Read Stories of 2016: Goats and Gluttony

As 2017 begins, here's a look at the five most-read stories of 2016 here at Jamaica Plain News. 5. Man Shot Outside 7-Eleven
Luckily, and thanks the efforts of police and residents, crime was not overall a huge story in JP in 2016. However, isolated violence did continue this past year. Jeffrey Kelly, 28, was killed outside the South Huntington 7-Eleven in August.

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Burst Water Pipes Force Closure of VA

The record cold over the weekend was too much for the aging plumbing at the VA in Jamaica Plain. According to NECN, appointments at the facility are cancelled until at least Thursday. The high-rise building, a well-known landmark for the South Huntington area, did not have to be evacuated, NECN reported. However, several patients were taken to other facilities. WBUR reported that veterans who have appointments on Tuesday and Wednesday should call first.

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Olmsted Place Developer Objects to Adjacent Development of Goddard House

Here's a new NIMBY trend: one developer doesn't like the development of another developer right next door. Curtis Kemeny, CEO and president of Boston Residential Group, which just completed Olmsted Place Apartments at 161 South Huntington Ave., wrote and hand-delivered a letter to the Boston Redevelopment Authority on Dec. 7 "strongly object[ing]" to the proposed plan for redevelopment of adjacent Goddard House; adding that "significant further discussion is required before it should be allowed to proceed." A BRA spokesperson said the matter was a "simple misunderstanding." Goddard House was a nursing home that closed in 2012.

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File photo: Olmsted Place Apartments under construction on Nov. 19, 2014 at the site of the Home for Little Wanderers.

One South Huntington Development Opens; Another Files Formal Plans

Renters began moving into Olmsted Place, $84 million, 196-unit apartment building on 161A S. Huntington Ave., this past week. The Boston Globe reports that rents in the luxury building, which boasts a doorman and a pool deck, among other amenities, start at $2,600 a month for studio apartments and top $5,000 for three-bedroom units. The story also provides a South Huntington lay of the land:
"[T]he five-story complex is a big change from the Victorians and small brick multifamily buildings that make up much of Jamaica Plain’s rental stock. And it won’t be the last. Down the street at 105A South Huntington, a 195-unit building known as Serenity is set to begin construction around the end of the year.

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File photo: Olmsted Place Apartments under construction on Nov. 19, 2014 at the site of the Home for Little Wanderers.

Lottery Announced for 37 Affordable Apartments at Olmsted Place

The Boston Redevelopment Authority on Tuesday announced a lottery for 37 affordable apartments in Olmsted Place, a luxury complex overlooking Leverett Pond and Olmsted Park. The development has been a center of controversy, including a lawsuit by the JP Neighborhood Council that led to the developer creating a $150,000 mitigation fund. That money will be split between two JP non-profits, with most of it going to City Life/Vida Urbana to aid in tenant organizing. The market-rate units at Olmsted Place begin at $2,600 a month, according to the development's website. Below is the announcement from the BRA, including important details on income limits and how to apply.

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