Seniors Lead Grinch-Like Protest Against Turtle Swamp Brewing and Landlord

Dozens of seniors protested against Turtle Swamp Brewing and its landlord before the weekend to drop their legal opposition to a city-approved plan for 38 units of affordable senior housing. Seniors carried signs and chanted slogans during Friday's cold weather to protest area landlord Monty Gold and the brewing company who filed lawsuits against the project at 3371 Washington St. The project is next to the brewery, whose landlord is Gold. The rally was organized by Massachusetts Senior Action Council (MSAC) and City Life/Vida Urbana (CLVU). The lawsuit inspired a Boston zoning code amendment by District 6 City Councilor Matt O'Malley and District 8 City Councilor Kenzie Bok to remove parking
minimums for affordable residential developments where at least 60% of the units are income-restricted at 100% Area Median Income (AMI) or below.

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Turtle Swamp Brewing, Landlord Sue to Stop Low-Income Senior Housing Development

Turtle Swamp Brewing and its landlord have filed separate lawsuits to prevent a project intended to provide housing to low-income and extremely low-income seniors, as well as a new spot for a longtime neighborhood Latino-owned restaurant. "In short, this development is too big, too close to its neighbors, and does not provide parking or loading areas sufficient to serve the Project," says Turtle Swamp Brewing's lawsuit filed in Suffolk Superior Court. The project at 3371 Washington St. is a joint venture between New Atlantic Development LLC and nonprofit Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC), and has already been approved by the Boston Planning & Development Agency Board. The project will be five stories of supported affordable senior housing development, which would include 38 units of much-needed housing for low-income and extremely low-income seniors, and an 800-square-foot restaurant space for El Embajador Restaurant, a tenant of the current site.

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The Moonlighters’ Club Showcase

Join the Moonlighters’ Club Podcast for our 2nd celebration of entrepreneurship on Friday, April 5th, at Turtle Swamp Brewing in Jamaica Plain. Six local entrepreneurs will explain the ups and downs of growing their own business while working a full-time job. Please come to hear their stories and to network in an up-and-coming brewery. Turtle Swamp Brewing will have delicious craft beer flowing and we encourage you to grab a brew before or during the event. Admission is free and the event is open to all.

Photos: Food Glorious Food at Taste of Jamaica Plain

Ethiopian cuisine, delicious baked desserts, corny bread, locally brewed beer and stilt walkers were all part of the 23rd Annual Taste of Jamaica Plain on Thursday night. Held at Annunciation Hall on the VFW Parkway for the first time, the annual event serves as fundraiser for JP nonprofit Ecumenical Social Action Committee (ESAC),  and particularly its senior home programs and youth opportunity collaborative. Along with more than 20 restaurants, personal chefs, food businesses, there was a cash bar with beer and wine, raffle tickets being sold, a silent auction and live music.

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Councilor O’Malley Makes World Series Bet with L.A. Councilwoman; Turtle Swamp Beer On the Line!

District 6 City Councilor Matt O'Malley made a wager with a Los Angeles councilwoman as to whether the Red Sox or the Dodgers win the World Series -- and local beer and food is on the line! O'Malley and District 6 L.A. Councilor Nury Martinez are creatively terming it the "Battle of the Sixes" because they both represent their cities' sixth district. The bet shakes out that if the Red Sox win O'Malley will receive Mission Foods tortillas, meat from Los Tres Hermanos and beer from MacLeod Ale Brewing Co. from her district. If the Dodgers win then O'Malley is sending a spread from Legal Sea Foods and beer from Turtle Swamp Brewery.

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