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Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council

Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

Farnsworth House, 90 South Street

Agenda

1. Introductions of members.

2. Review/approve minutes of the 12/18/18 Council Minutes.

3. Announcements.

  • 3.1. 2nd announcement of Council vacancy in Area A

4. Presentation by Representative Liz Malia.

5. Presentation by Core Empowerment LLC seeking to change occupancy of 401A-405 Centre Street to include retail cannabis establishment;

6. Committee reports/recommendation

  • 6.1. Zoning Committee: Report and recommendation that the Council members: 1). VOTE to DENY the petition of 7-15 Catherine Street to construct five (5) adjacent townhouses.  Each home to have four bedrooms, three and a half baths, and two off-street garage parking spaces.  Shared 2000 foot green space.  Existing buildings to be razed. 2). DENY if applicant proceeds on 95-97 West Walnut Park to change occupancy from two-family to four-family dwelling, add dormers, add a rear addition including garage with three off-street parking spaces, renovate existing building. 3).  VOTE To APPROVE the petition of 632-638 Centre Street to construct additional story (fourth floor) on existing building and change occupancy from 9 residential units with office and retail to 18 residential units and 4 commercial (retail and office) spaces with provisos to include 4 affordable rental units at min. 70% AMI, exterior parking surface to be permeable.
  • 6.2.  Public Service Committee: Report on the recommendations of the committee on:  1).  Space savers in Jamaica Plain. 2). The petition of Ethiopian Café at 377 Centre Street for a 7-Day Common Victualler Beer and Wine License with an 11:00pm closing, and Firehiwot Zeleke as manager.
  • 6.3. Housing & Development Committee: Report on the presentation by Janna Cohen-Rosenthal, Executive Director of the Franklin Park Coalition on the FPC, the Master Plan for Franklin Park, and the FPC’s hopes/considerations for the upcoming changes at the Shattuck Hospital.
  • 6.4. Environment, Parks & Energy Committee:  Request for a new Chair or the temporary suspension of the committee.
  • 6.5. Education Ad Hoc Committee: Report on joint meeting with BPS on BuildBPS at English High School.

7. New business.

8. Adjournment.

Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council & Committee Meetings

January 2019 (updated 1/10/19)

Zoning Committee:  Wednesday, January 2 at 7:00 pm at Farnsworth House, 90 South Street.  On the agenda will be the petition of 7-15 Catherine Street to construct five (5) adjacent townhouses.  Each home to have four bedrooms, three and a half baths, and two off-street garage parking spaces.  Shared 2000 foot green space.  Existing buildings to be razed. 

Public Service Committee: Tuesday, January 8 at 7:00 pm at Curtis Hall 20 South Street.  On the agenda will be a discussion about space savers in Jamaica Plain.  Also on the agenda will be a petition of Ethiopian Café at 377 Centre Street for a 7-Day Common Victualler Beer and Wine License with an 11:00pm closing, and Firehiwot Zeleke as manager.

(Please note: Due to New Year’s Day, the Public Service Committee will meet on the second Tuesday of the month.)

Education Ad Hoc Committee: Thursday, January 10 at 6:30 pm at English High School, 144 McBride St.   A joint meeting with Boston Public Schools for a community discussion on BuildBPS.

Housing & Development Committee: Tuesday, January 15 at 7:00 pm, at Bowditch School building, 82 Green Street (enter at sidewalk level to left of Main stairs). On the agenda will be a presentation by Janna Cohen-Rosenthal, Executive Director of the Franklin Park Coalition on the FPC, the Master Plan for Franklin Park, and the FPC’s hopes/considerations for the upcoming changes at the Shattuck Hospital.

Zoning Committee:  Wednesday, January 16 at 7:00 pm at Farnsworth House, 90 South Street.  On the agenda will be:  1).  632-638 Centre Street to construct additional story (fourth floor) on existing building and change occupancy from 9 residential units with office and retail to 18 residential units and 4 commercial (retail and office) spaces.  2). 95-97 West Walnut Park to change occupancy from two-family to four-family dwelling, add dormers, add a rear addition including garage with three off-street parking spaces, renovate existing building.

Environment, Parks & Energy Committee:  Thursday, January 31 at 6:00 pm at JP Licks, 659 Centre St. The agenda for this meeting is to be determined.

Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council:  Tuesday, January 22, 2018 at 7:00 pm, at Farnsworth House, 90 South Street.  On the agenda will be: 1). A conversation with Representative Liz Malia; 2). Core Empowerment LLC seeking to change occupancy of 401A-405 Centre Street to include retail cannabis establishment; 3).  Updates and recommendations from the committees.

Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council

Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

Farnsworth House

Agenda

1. Introductions of members.

2. Review/approve minutes of the 11/27/18 Council Minutes.

3. Announcements.

3.1 Announcement of Council vacancy in Area A

4. Discussion of Bylaws, particularly Article 4 and Article 12.

5. Committee reports/recommendations:

5.1. Public Service Committee: Report and updates from the Committee.

5.2. Zoning Committee: Report and recommendation that the Council members VOTE to approve the request of Core Empowerment LLC to change occupancy of 401A-405 Centre Street to include retail cannabis establishment.

5.3. Housing & Development Committee: 1). Report on discussion with Jonathan Scott, President, Victory Programs and Devin Larkin, Bureau Director, Recovery Services, on Addiction & Recovery Services in Boston. 2). Report on informational presentation by JPNDC on site plan for Mildred C. Hailey Apartments

5.4. Environment, Parks & Energy Committee:  Report and recommendation that the Council members 1). Send a letter to DCR urging them to continue engaging with the community and to get the design firm to hold additional community meetings as the design phase moves forward.  2). Select a new Chair for EPE.

5.5 Education Ad Hoc Committee: Report on upcoming community meeting regarding BuildBPS on 1/10/19 at 6:00 pm at English High School.

6. New business.

7. Adjournment.