Fans of the iconic gas station on Washington Street in Jamaica Plain grew worried this past week when they saw the pumps fenced off and construction work going on.
Fear not - the beloved gas station is not being turned into condos. It's just closed for six weeks for some renovations, according to the guy behind the counter at the Hatoff's check-cashing place, which remains open behind the old station.
JP has had a Hatoff's since 1924, when Morris Hatoff, an emigre from New York, opened a station near where the current Forest Hills T stop is. Morris died in a car accident in front of the station in 1965 and Stan took over. In 1974, he moved up Washington Street to the current location after the state took the Forest Hills site by eminent domain.