Wednesday, March 20, 2013
The Boston Redevelopment Authority has been assessing the changing nature of South Huntington Avenue since last year.
A city planning agency is set to release a first draft of its future plans for the South Huntington Corridor. The Boston Redevelopment Authority will publish the South Huntington Avenue Corridor Study’s draft guidelines early next week, according to the BRA spokeswoman Melina Schuler on Friday, March 22. The guidelines come at the end of four months of public discussions about the area, which could see large scale development changes in the future, including a condominium build-out of the former Home for Little Wanderers site at 161 S. Huntington Ave. “The objective of the South Huntington Avenue Corridor Study is to establish a corridor vision, which will inform a set of development guidelines to shape the future corridor feel and …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council has sued the city and a developer to try to block a high-end condo development at the former site of the Home for Little Wanderers.
The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council has responded to a developer’s motion to dismiss the council’s lawsuit, which attempts to block a 196-unit development at 161 S. Huntington Ave., the former site of the Home for Little Wanderers. In the opposition, filed in Suffolk Superior Court against developer Boston Residential Group and the city Zoning Board of Appeal, the council argues that the defendant’s claim that the council cannot sue because it is not a municipal board is not true. The document, signed by council chair Benjamin Day and council lawyer and member Jeffrey Wiesner, asserts that, according to the city zoning code, a group that has responsibility for zoning matters can be considered a municipal board and that the council is …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
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, which plans to build a $75 million, 196-apartment complex at the former Home for Little Wanderers site, has filed a motion to dismiss …
Monday, January 7, 2013
A look at some of the Boston Redevelopment Authority's upcoming public meetings.
Boston residents can get involved and have their voices heard by attending a public meeting on a number of new developments underway this year and coming up. The Boston Redevelopment Authority has posted the following meetings for this week: The Boston Redevelopment Authority’s next board meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 17 from 5:30-8 p.m. at Boston City Hall, in the ninth-floor room 900. All meetings are open to the public unless otherwise stated.
Saturday, January 5, 2013
The Jamaica Pond Association meets monthly.
The Jamaica Pond Association will address various zoning issues at its monthly meeting Monday including one that has everyone talking. “Update on 161 South Huntington Ave.” is one of the items highlighted on the most recent JPA agenda. Currently, the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council has filed a lawsuit against the Boston Zoning Board of Appeals to block an housing development at the address, the former site of the Home for Little Wanderers. The JPA will meet Monday night from 7 to 9 p.m. at Jamaica Tower, 111 Perkins St., 2nd floor.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council has written an open letter to the BRA based on the recent city Zoning Board of Appeals’ approval of a forthcoming South Huntington Street development.
With the Home For Little Wanderers officially out at 161 S. Huntington St., and a city Zoning Board of Appeals OK in its pocket, Boston Residential Group is set to build a $75 million 196-apartment complex at the site. The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council opposed the plan from the start, and after the Nov. 13 ZBA decision there’s nothing more they can do to block the razing and construction. JPNC member Joseph Wight expressed concern over the zoning process at a Tuesday night meeting. He said he did not feel like the neighborhood council’s voice had been heard. “There’s been a tremendous amount of community opposition,” he said, listing several Jamaica Plain boards that opposed the project. The incoming development is going to have 60 …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
The city Zoning Board of Appeal approved the plan to raze the former site of the Home for Little Wanderers to clear the way for rental apartments.
The former Home for Little Wanderers property will be torn down due to a ruling by a city board. The Boston Zoning Board of Appeal approved the project Tuesday morning, which will bring a new building of rental apartments to 161 So. Huntington Ave. Boston Residential Group will build a development at the site that will contain 196 one, two and three-bedroom rental units – 33 of which will be designated affordable housing, according to a statement from Bishoff Communications on behalf of BRG. “It will also enable The Home for Little Wanderers to exit the property, pay for its new residential program in Walpole, and sustain the organization’s future,” the statement says. Additionally the site will generate property taxes for the first time …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
A source tells Jamaica Plain Patch the ZBA approved the project.
The Boston Zoning Board of Appeal has approved the Home for Little Wanderers real estate project, according to a source. The project will likely include a sale and teardown of the property, according to the Boston Globe.
Do you want preservation or development in Jamaica Plain?
Yesterday’s Boston Globe column about developing in Jamaica Plain sparked an online discussion among residents who appear to go against the column's rationale. Globe columnist Adrian Walker reported the historic Home for Little Wanderers has been in the process of packing up shop and moving to Walpole, bent on profiting from the sale of the rundown property on at 161 South Huntington St. Walker writes the community is totally against the sale and eventual teardown, which would result in expensive rental apartments with a percentage designated affordable housing – between 30 and 40 units, according to the column. However, members of the Facebook group “We Are All Whole Foods” disagree with the notion that JP residents are opposed to change…
Thursday, October 18, 2012
South Huntington took a step toward getting a four- and five-story apartment complex that two of JP's neighborhood groups vehemently opposed. The Boston Redevelopment Authority approved the project on Thursday. The city must also approve zoning variances.
- PATCH'S HOUSE & HOME
- Chris Helms
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Near-unanimous opposition from JP neighborhood groups wasn't enough to stop the city from granting a key step to approval of a giant new apartment complex for 161 S. Huntington. The Boston Redevelopment Authority gave the 196-unit apartment complex the green light on Thursday, according to a Tweet from the development agency. The project would create a four- and five-story building on the grounds of the former Home for Little Wanderers. All the children have been moved out to the agency's new campus in Walpole. The project still must clear the Zoning Board of Appeals, where a hearing is tentatively scheduled for Nov. 13. Just last week the JP Neighborhood Council Zoning Committee voted 14-0 to deny zoning relief to the developers. Without …