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By adamg - 4/15/21 - 10:57 pm
Proposed view of new complex from Lamartine Street

The view from the new Lamartine Street. Rendering by Stantec and Dream Collaborative.

The BPDA board today approved plans by developers to raze several buildings at the sprawling Mildred Hailey Apartments complex in Jamaica Plain and replace their current 253 Section 8 apartments with all new units - and add 420 additional income-restricted apartments and an all new street grid, green space and pathways intended to stitch the complex into the neighboring community, rather than walling it off. Read more.

By adamg - 4/15/21 - 2:43 pm
7-Eleven closing on Centre Street in Jamaica Plain

The 7-Eleven at 684 Centre Street in Jamaica Plain is closing, which will force Pondsiders who need some Gatorade or scratchies at 2 a.m. to shlep all the way up to South Huntington for the next closest 7-Eleven. Read more.

By adamg - 4/14/21 - 10:14 am

Jason Bylsma lives on the stretch of Centre Street between Holy Name and Weld Street. He describes building a $60 home traffic-speed setup using a Raspberry Pi, a cheap camera, some open-source software and a bit of tape and cable ties, and then turning it on to monitor speeds on the street outside his home. Read more.

By adamg - 4/6/21 - 12:11 pm
Boarded up

All boarded up.

The Zoning Board of Appeal today rejected a developer's request to add another floor and double the number of apartments at 632-638 Centre St. in Jamaica Plain, which had been a hole in the ground for years before a developer finally got permission to build a three-story building, then stopped to try to get permission to finish the thing off as a four-story building. Read more.

By adamg - 3/23/21 - 10:51 pm
Proposed condos at Centre and Park streets

Everybody agrees: Ugh.

CAD Builders says it's heard residents loud and clear: It will be coming back to the neighborhood with a new design for its proposed 21-unit condo building at the corner of Centre and Park streets, where the former Peoples Federal Savings Bank bunker and the ol' Gilmore place now molder. Read more.

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By adamg - 3/19/21 - 3:45 pm

Faulkner Hospital has filed a new set of expansion plans that are largely similar to the ones it filed in 2019, but with one major change: One of the new in-patient floors would have a special ventilation system to better let the hospital isolate and treat patients during the current and future pandemics. Read more.

By adamg - 2/26/21 - 11:42 am

The Jamaica Plain Gazette reports Core Cannabis Dispensary, in the Hyde Square basement where the Bella Luna bowling alley used to be, is planning a soft opening March 6 of both its dispensary and its marijuana social-justice museum.

By adamg - 2/23/21 - 9:01 pm

Boston Police report arresting a Jamaica Plain man they say scoped out three banks along Centre Street yesterday before finally deciding to rob the Citizens Bank branch at 696 Centre St., next to the 7-Eleven. Read more.

By adamg - 2/9/21 - 1:13 pm
Rendeirng of proposed Centre Street condos

Rendering by AD Architects.

CAD Builders of Canton this week filed plans for a 21-unit condo building to replace the former Peoples Federal Savings Bank bunker and the old Gilmore place on Centre Street. Read more.

By adamg - 2/4/21 - 8:56 am

Salmagundi on Centre Street reports Tuesday was not a good day for them: Read more.

By adamg - 1/27/21 - 6:12 pm

Kendra Hicks reports on an incident today in the JP post office involving neighborhood's notorious angry screaming bicyclist finding himself on foot and inside: Read more.

By adamg - 12/24/20 - 6:08 pm

The Galway House on Centre Street announced today it's closing until things get better. Read more.

By adamg - 11/24/20 - 2:59 pm
Fallen coping stones at Sacred Heart Church in Jamaica Plain

It's a good thing it's too cold to sit on the steps of the former Blessed Sacrament Church on Centre Street in Jamaica Plain: The Boston Fire Department reports coping stones near the roof line plunged to the steps today. Read more.

By adamg - 11/7/20 - 4:53 pm

Boston Community Fridge reports that its refrigerator on Centre Street, available to anybody who needs some food, was basically destroyed during last night's Hyde Square triple shooting and so it's looking for a new refrigerator and place to put it. Read more.

By adamg - 11/6/20 - 11:17 pm

Victim identified as Shawn Rae Hewson, 28, of Braintree.

Three men were shot on Centre Street at Creighton Street, one in the leg, around 11 p.m. Police found one victim down Centre at Walden street, the other about a block away from the shooting scene, on Sheridan Street. Read more.

By adamg - 10/12/20 - 7:07 pm
Apreala running through Holy Name rotary

Apreala (in blue) coming into Holy Name rotary.

Bena Apreala, who was stopped by three ICE agents on VFW Parkway in West Roxbury last Tuesday, ran up and down West Roxbury Parkway today, accompanied by Black Lives Matter supporters, including two passes around the Holy Name rotary, where they were cheered by participants in the now weekly Monday BLM vigil. Read more.

By adamg - 9/30/20 - 7:30 pm
Yelling Trump supporter

A group of about 12 Trump supporters, led by a screaming homophobic immigrant hater from Gloucester, spent two hours in the Holy Name Rotary in West Roxbury, mostly surrounded by roughly 50 Black Lives Matter supporters. Read more.

By adamg - 9/28/20 - 6:28 pm
Woman with Love and Justice banner

As they've done every Monday since June 1, West Roxbury and Roslindale residents stood around the Holy Name rotary in West Roxbury with signs to remind rush-hour motorists that Black Lives Matter. Read more.

By adamg - 9/18/20 - 9:37 am
Architect's rendering of new Mildred Hailey Apartments in Jamaica Plain

Rendering by Dream Collaborative.

Three non-profit groups have filed plans with the BPDA to replace roughly half the Mildred Hailey public-housing complex in Jamaica Plain with a new mixed-income community over eight to ten years. Read more.

By adamg - 9/11/20 - 2:36 pm
Dapper O'Neil and James Michael Curley

In the actual photo the mural is based on, Curley wasn't so thrilled.

The Boston Licensing Board yesterday approved the $2.4-million sale of the shuttered Squealing Pig on Centre Street at Hastings Street to two operators who plan to open a new pub called the Boston Ale House there - over the opposition of Hastings Street residents, who said they worry about patrons parking and carousing along the quiet way that starts just after the restaurant's locally famous mural featuring both a scene from the good old days on Centre and James Michael Curley shaking hands with Dapper O'Neil. Read more.

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