Tuesday, January 15, 2013
The Casey Arborway project will make Shea Circle a lighted four-way intersection.
As result of the impending Casey Arborway project, the Shea Circle roundabout will become a lighted four-way intersection. However, the Massachusetts Historical Commission has asked for a review from MassDOT of the site because it falls within a historic distinct. MassDOT have said their plan to make the area an intersection is the safest option. Would you keep Shea Circle as it is in the interest of history, or would you change the roundabout? If so, how? Leave your opinion in the comments.
Shea Circle, a roundabout at the end of the Casey Overpass, would be made into an intersection through the Casey Arborway project, but the Massachusetts Historical Commission says the change will negatively impact an involved historical district.
The Casey Arborway project, as currently stipulated, will drastically alter the Forest Hills area including a major revamp of a difficult area rotary. But the state historical commission wants more information before the historic circle is made into a square. The Massachusetts Historical Commission said the demolition of Shea Circle would have an “adverse effect” on the circle, the Morton Street Historic District and the Metropolitan Park System of Greater Boston, according to a Jan. 8 letter from the commission to the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Under the current Casey Arborway plan, an at-grade roadway system would replace the aging Casey Overpass, bringing with it numerous other changes. One of those changes …
Thursday, January 3, 2013
It’s unlikely the state will put too many resources into the overpass before it is demolished, according to a MassDOT official.
The crumbling Casey Overpass will be demolished next year, but until then the road will remain open as is: cracks, holes and all. The first stages of shutdown are planned for spring 2014, but cars visibly have to drive slow on the bumpy, torn up roadway. Though the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, other city officials and Jamaica Plain residents have (for the most part) settled on the $54 million at-grade Casey Arborway plan, MassDOT is at in impasse over the current state of the overpass: Does it pay to fix what’s there now or does it sit back and wait for problems to arise, hoping the site will stay intact long enough to remain passable until the roadway can be closed for good? “I think we’re going to do the bare minimum,” …
Saturday, December 15, 2012
The $54 million project will cause vast improvements to Forest Hills, but at the cost of about 100 parking spaces.
Staff of the West Roxbury Courthouse enjoy a 105-space parking lot underneath the current Casey Overpass. But when the overpass comes down, those spaces are gone. In all, about 100 spaces will be lost due to area redesign, which will put at-grade travel lanes in place of the higher speed highway. Though state transportation officials maintain the area will be significantly upgraded and run markedly smoother, where will the courthouse staff park? Angle parking along the frontage road that lines the Arborway Gradens apartment complex had been proposed but shot down. One official said the idea of back-in parking had been tossed around, but the state has no solution as of now. How would you fix this situation? Tell us in the comments.
The state’s mock up of how the area will look.
The Casey Overpass will become the Casey Arborway sometime in 2016, with multiple changes to be made in the area. The state has released a mock up of how the Forest Hills area will look once completed.
Friday, December 14, 2012
State transportation officials said the area will be transformed during a Thursday Casey Overpass walkthrough.
Bike lanes, clear pedestrian access and 90 less tress are just a few of the aesthetics that will follow the Casey Overpass overhaul. State transportation officials led a walkthrough of the Casey Overpass area Thursday just before sundown. Several members of the Jamaica Plain community attended the walkthrough, which was followed by a meeting at the English High School. The walkthrough and meeting were triggered because of the state’s Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act filing in November. Michael Trepanier, senior environmental planner at the Highway Division of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, said several areas of Forest Hills surrounding the overpass would be altered based on the teardown of the eroding Casey Overpass…
The holiday season is in full swing in JP.
1. According to reports yesterday, school police at the Boston Teachers Union School confiscated several BB guns from a 14 year old student who was making "threats to himself and others." 2. At the same time, there was a bus accident on Washington Street. 3. ...And while that was happeing, state officials led a walkthrough of the Casey Overpass site which was followed by a public meeting at English High School. 4. Author Al Norman will be discussing his new book "Occupy Walmart" tonight at First Church courtesy of Jamaica Plain Forum. 5. JPNC has five vacancies. Head to their last meeting of the year Dec. 18 to apply.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
The overpass is coming down, but before it does, the state will host a public walkthrough and meeting today.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation will take one more step toward the demolition of the crumbling Casey Overpass. State officials will host a walkthrough of the Casey site and public meeting today at the Boston English High School auditorium, 144 McBride St. The site walkthrough begins at the north entrance to the Forest Hills MBTA station at 3 p.m., and the meeting begins at 6 p.m. MassDOT filed an environmental notification form in the Massachusetts Environmental Protection Act Office in November, according to a MassDOT official. Due to the impact of the proposed Casey Overpass demolition, albeit slight, the state had to file the notification by Nov. 15, according to the Jamaica Plain Gazette. Nine area trees will be cut, …
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Occupy Walmart Friday.
1. Author Al Norman will be discussing his new book "Occupy Walmart" Friday at First Church courtesy of Jamaica Plain Forum. 2. The Boston Redevelopment Authority is hosting its first meeting with neighbors regarding development on South Huntington Street tonight at 6:30 in the Hennigan School cafeteria. 3. The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council will have its final meeting of the year Dec. 18 at First Baptist Church at 7 p.m. 4. JPNC has five vacancies. Head to the meeting the Dec. 18 to apply. 5. The Casey Overpass walkthrough begins tomorrow at 3 p.m.
Monday, December 10, 2012
A Citizens Bank branch is temporarily closed.
1. The Citizens Bank branch on Centre Street was closed this weekend. A sign told customers to go to the branch in Roslindale. 2. If you have photos from this weekend's holiday tour, upload them to our pic and clips section. 3. Did you know you can park for free at Boston meters on Saturdays through Dec. 29? (Two hour limit at spaces). 4. It's almost time to spend those JP Bucks. 5. The Casey Overpass walkthrough is this Thursday.