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Local Association ‘Disappointed’ with S. Huntington Guidelines

The association is dismayed with in certain aspects of Boston Redevelopment Authority’s guidelines for the area, specifically regarding the inclusion of areas where buildings could be built higher than regulation.

After months of planning, the Boston Redevelopment Authority released guidelines informed by neighbors about the future of the South Huntington Corridor at the end of March. Not two weeks later, a prominent Jamaica Plain neighborhood group publicly voiced its disappointment in them.

The Jamaica Pond Association said in a letter from chair Jack Fay Jr. to the BRA April 5, the association is “dismayed in a few specific but critical aspects of the current draft product.”

The association takes umbrage with four “special height zone” areas along the corridor – which runs the length of South Huntington Avenue in Jamaica Plain. In these areas, the BRA recommends that buildings could be built higher than what is currently known as regulation.

The association letter argues that the guidelines fall short of explaining a justification for the allowed special height zones. The zones would be located at four areas along the corridor where sight lines end.

“The JPA believes there is no reasonable basis to include special height zone exceptions especially as the basis on where views terminate and streets converge, and therefore should not  be used as the basis to determine this,” according to the letter.

For a building to qualify to exceed the requirements, that building would have to provide “exceptional public benefits” such as affordable housing units above the city-mandated 15 percent, according to the guidelines.

Scott April 12, 2013 at 01:38 PM
The same zero credibility BRA submission that says this disaster is going to have "no impact on traffic or parking."
Bob April 12, 2013 at 03:09 PM
The same one you apparently didnt read and are an expert on...
Scott April 12, 2013 at 03:48 PM
Did your boss tell you post that?
Bob April 12, 2013 at 06:20 PM
Well it looks like you have conceded not knowing anything about the current corridor study or plans for South Huntington Scott. I have no affiliations to either developer or the bra. I am however informed, which I suggest you should try doing. Name calling and finger pointing is of no service to the community in this time of change.
Bob April 12, 2013 at 06:25 PM
And as I have pointed out before, I was not for tearing down the beautiful home for little wanderers. And I am not for tearing down the Goddard house either if that would ever come about. But the way you are posing arguments is not going to help us come together for those causes.

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