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JPNC Expects 161 S. Huntington Hearing

The council went into executive session at a meeting Tuesday night to discuss legal strategy in their appeal of a ZBA ruling allowing a housing development to be built at 161 S. Huntington Ave.

The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council, in the midst of a legal battle with a developer and the Boston Zoning Board of Appeal over a possible housing development at 161 S. Huntington Ave, might get its day in court soon.

At the council’s monthly meeting Tuesday, Jeffrey P. Weisner, JPNC member and legal counsel, said he expects a hearing in court sometime in the next few months.

"That's just the first step," said JPNC chair Benjamin Day.

JPNC has opposed the development from the start, arguing that the plans call for a structure that uses all possible buildable space for the lot.

Boston Residential Group, , has filed a motion to dismiss the council’s lawsuit which attempts to block the development, Weisner explained before the council went into executive session to discuss legal strategy in the case.

"[They’re] claiming essentially the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council doesn’t have standing to bring such a case,” Weisner said.

JPNC has responded to the developer, who then filed papers with Suffolk County Superior Court, which will ultimately decide the matter, he added.

In November, JPNC expressed its displeasure with the zoning process, which was followed by the lawsuit in December.

MMRosenthal January 30, 2013 at 01:30 PM
Does anyone have a telephone number or email address for the JPNC ? We attended last fall, but have not been able to find a schedule of meetings or contact number. We'd like day care programs to be active participants in council activities and decisions for our community. Thanks.
Sarah Freeman February 02, 2013 at 03:42 PM
The JPNC website is jpnc.org & e-mail address: info@jpnc.org.

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