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Do We Need a Master Plan for South Huntington?

The South Huntington area has an array of large residential projects in the pipeline. The city has said it won't pause development to create a master plan for the area. But many neighbors think that's just what should be done. What do you think?

Depending on your ideas about urban planning and economics, the flurry of construction scheduled for South Huntington over the next few years is either a boon or a menace.

Despite plans on the board for two residential projects of nearly 200 units each, the city told the Boston Globe it won't create a "master plan" to guide the mushrooming development.

Developments still have to go through the city's red tape and some amount of neighborhood process.

Some residents say the developments are way too big and not in keeping with the feel of Jamaica Plain. Some say the developments will price out lower-income renters.

Others welcome the new developments because they will bring more people to JP — people who will need to shop at local businesses. There's also the idea that urban housing, especially along mass transit lines, should be dense.

What do you think?

gretchen van ness August 09, 2012 at 09:23 PM
In a word, yes.
Maura August 10, 2012 at 10:25 AM
And as it turns onto Huntington as well. It's the same basic housing stock with the same kinds of conditions. I think some of the buildings are for sale at the moment. I wonder how many of the buildings along S. Huntington and the connecting part of Huntington are owned by the same people or companies.
Monica Briggs August 10, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Yes, we do need a "master plan." These apartment complexes will dominate the neighborhood, flood the roads with cars, and wipe out current more affordable options.
fp August 10, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Both developers have done exaustive studys to determine if they should put millions of dollars at risk. I would not second guess the need for this upscale housing . The retail stores in JP will benifit from more upper income residents . The depressed S. Huntington St area will have more activity. However reusing the 1912 Wanders building would be desireable.
Bob August 24, 2012 at 03:35 PM
I agree with FP, this looks great for the neighborhood. It will definitely bring in more residents to benefit the community. I have worries that if the developers did a smaller building it would just fill with more students. Although the rents will be high we are in the city, so I assume the developer is forced to do that. If the rents were low it would just be more students and I think they are ruining our neighborhood.

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