The Jamaica Plain Gazette reports a developer now has to decide whether to seek city approval of a plan to tear down a two-family house used as an office on South Street and replace it with four units after the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council's zoning committee narrowly voted to oppose the plan. Under zoning, he could put up a three-unit building; he had spent two years negotiating with neighbors.
The Jamaica Plain Gazette reports on the controversy over the way the neighborhood council's chairman kinda, sorta said a South Huntington Avenue luxury housing project got approved after its developers greased some elected palms.
Today's Election Day in Jamaica Plain, for seats on the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (one of the polling places is at JP Licks - vote, buy some ice cream, it's a wonderful thing). Steve Garfield, who lives in Jamaica Plain, posted a copy of a flier distributed around the neighborhood urging votes for non-anti-Whole-Foods candidates (this is JP after all), and wonders who's behind it (since it has no identification on it):
Till 7:00 PM, vote at Forest Hills T stop, JP Licks, Stop and Shop.
The Jamaica Plain Gazette keeps us up to date on the JP Neighborhood Council, which is now busy "redesigning" the agreement it may or may not want Whole Foods to sign and which it may or may not have discussed with the company at a meeting that may or may not have left the door open to further negotiations earlier this month.
Exactly what, however, is a secret, the Jamaica Plain Gazette reports:
“We'll certainly share info when we can, but we're concerned that sharing with the public what we’re asking before we ask it could compromise the effort and be perceived as acting in bad faith," said a statement from the JPNC's "Negotiating Team" sent to the Gazette by member and council chair Andrea Howley.
The Jamaica Plain Gazette reports on the upcoming election for seats on the advisory Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council. It turns out only one publicly pro-Whole Foods candidate is running: A guy who, in an interview with the Gazette, kept complaining about the "far, bizarre left" politics of current council members.