Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council

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

Farnsworth House, 90 South Street


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.

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