BRA approves Art Park project

March 7, 2014
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) board approved last month the Art Park redevelopment, which is a project to turn City-owned land between Parker and Terrace Streets into community gardens and residential and retail space. The developer, Sebastian Mariscal Studio, Inc. (SMS), has proposed to redevelop the Art Park site into 44 apartments with 10...

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Sex assault suspect dies mysteriously

March 7, 2014
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Patrick Barry, a former Mission Hill resident and Northeastern student who was charged with two attempted sexual assaults locally and a third in Arlington on Valentine’s Day, died on Feb. 21. His death is currently under investigation by the Middlesex Attorney General’s Office. A statement released by the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office said that Barry...

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11 years later, ‘interim’ LMA guidelines sticking around

March 7, 2014
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LONGWOOD MEDICAL/ACADEMIC AREA—The Boston Redevelopment Authority’s (BRA) Longwood Medical and Academic Area Interim Guidelines, a vague and controversial set of development rules, are becoming de facto permanent guidelines as the BRA has no plans to replace or amend them a decade after their implementation. The guidelines are a kind of zoning overlay district that...

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LMA tower to be completed by year’s end

March 7, 2014
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LMA tower to be completed by year’s end

LMA—The Longwood Center, an 11-story medical research building located at the corner of Brookline and Longwood Avenues, will finish construction in the last quarter of this year, according National Development managing partner Jack O’Neil. National Development is one of four partners for the project. The other partners are Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Charles River...

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YMCA plans April reopening

March 7, 2014
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The Huntington YMCA is planning its April reopening following over a year of construction work for Northeastern University’s (NU) controversial GrandMarc dorm. “We have been renovating the rest of our facility, so come April, our pool, basketball courts, handball racquetball courts, steam and sauna rooms, three types of locker rooms, and studio space...

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New HHS chief talks city health issues

March 7, 2014
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New HHS chief talks city health issues

Former City Councilor Felix G. Arroyo, the City’s new chief of Health and Human Services (HHS), spoke to the Gazette about his position and his goals for the City’s future. As one of Mayor Martin Walsh’s 12 cabinet members in his capacity as head of HHS, Arroyo described his average day as “drinking water...

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Trust accepting grant applications

March 7, 2014
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The Mission Hill/Fenway Neighborhood Trust is accepting grant applications from local organizations until March 28, according to board chair Lauren Dewey Platt. The trust will disburse its grants in June. The trust was founded by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in 1995 as a condition of the hospital buying the former Massachusetts College of...

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NU youth program accepting applicants

March 7, 2014
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NU youth program accepting applicants

Northeastern University is now accepting applicants for its highly successful Youth Development Initiative Project (YDIP). The project only accepts 30 member families into a cohort every seven years. YDIP is aimed at students currently in sixth grade and their families from housing developments neighboring Northeastern. The program provides the students with academic and counseling...

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New Priests

March 7, 2014
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New Priests

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Hill Agenda, March 7-April 3, 2014

March 7, 2014
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The deadline for Hill Agenda listings is noon, April 1 for the April 4 issue. Email listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings Roxbury Heritage State Park community visioning workshop, provide input into the vision for the future of the Roxbury Heritage State...

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Corrections Forum

March 7, 2014
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Corrections Forum

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Participación, March 7-April 3, 2014

March 7, 2014
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La entrega para la sección de Participación es mediodía el 1 de abril para la edición 4 de abril. Escribir news@missionhillgazette.com. Note: Todos los números tiene 617, a menos que dice otro número.           Reuniones Community Alliance of Mission Hill, agenda pendiente, tercer miércoles del mes, 7-8:30pm, Harvard School of Public Health, 677 Huntington...

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Editorial: Reviewing historic reviews

March 7, 2014
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The vanishing of a charming 1926 tavern building from Huntington Avenue is yet another case study of why Boston’s historic review processes need reform and better support. Whether the building merited saving is beside the point. This was a well-liked building on a prominent street, its fate a matter of general neighborhood and city...

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Editorial: Replace the LMA Guidelines

March 7, 2014
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The LMA Interim Guidelines should be tossed into the recycling bin of history and replaced with a serious, inclusive master plan for the LMA. The guidelines are a reprehensible Boston Redevelopment Authority trick that institutionalized back-room dealing-making. They are a broken promise. Their very name of “Interim” is an insult to the community they...

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Letter: City needs better preservation rules

March 7, 2014
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Thank you for covering the advocacy of the Friends of Historic Mission Hill for saving and reusing our historic buildings. (“Local history group keeps fighting for landmarks,” Feb. 7.) Fortunately, we are not alone in these efforts. When interviewed for your articles, our mention of others in Mission Hill who support and work for...

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Hill Happenings

March 7, 2014
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Condolences to the family of Tommy Tucker, who passed away last month. Tommy was a laborer and a jack-of-all-trades with his hands. Although he sometimes carried himself with a blustery facade, Tommy had a heart of gold. By coincidence, my brother, Dan Martin, was reminiscing about Tommy shortly before he died. Dan and Tommy...

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Youth jobs rally brings 1,000 teens to Boston

March 7, 2014
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Youth jobs rally brings 1,000 teens to Boston

Over 1,000 teens from 12 cities across the state, including locals organized by MissionSAFE and Sociedad Latina, took to the streets to participate in an annual rally to boost support for youth jobs on Feb. 20. The rally gathered at the Old South Church, then marched to the State House to ask for state...

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What’s Happening on Main Streets

March 7, 2014
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The proverb, “March comes in like a lion” certainly applies this year, and let us hope that by the end of the month it lives up to its ending and “goes out like a lamb.” Thousands of daffodils and tulips planted in Mission Hill over the past few autumns will certainly be a welcome...

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NU seeks students for youth development program

February 19, 2014
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Northeastern University is seeking local sixth-graders from housing developments around the university for a youth development program and will hold a March 1 information session. The Youth Development Initiative Project offers academic and counseling services after-school, as well as a six-week summer program focused on career ideas, life skills and academic courses. Among Mission Hill’s housing...

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Man charged with attempted B&E

February 15, 2014
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A Roxbury man was charged with attempted to break into a Delle Avenue apartment building early this morning, according to the Boston Police Department. Decosta Turner, 23, was arrested following a report of a breaking and entering in progress at 56 Delle Ave. around 2 a.m. According to BPD, Turner was seen emerging from...

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Positive reaction to Art Park plan

February 7, 2014
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Positive reaction to Art Park plan

The reaction was mostly positive during a meeting to discuss a slightly changed plan to turn the Art Park site, which is City-owned land between Parker and Terrace Streets, into community gardens and residential and retail space. About 40 people attended the Boston Redevelopment Authority meeting on Jan. 23 at the Tobin Community Center....

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Mission Hill documentary to debut

February 7, 2014
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The diverging paths of two Mission Hill basketball-playing brothers are the centerpiece of a documentary, “The Mission,” set to debut next month. Focusing on two brothers who grew up in Mission Hill, Wayne and Baron “Tiny” Turner, “The Mission” covers the divergent paths they took from their old neighborhood. The premiere will take place...

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Mission Prayers

February 7, 2014
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Mission Prayers

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Officials lay out 2014 agendas

February 7, 2014
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Schools, public safety and affordable housing are among many items on the 2014 agendas of Mission Hill’s elected officials. State Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez said he has “a full plate” this year. He will be working on legislation to further regulate the pharmaceutical industry, following the distribution around the country of tainted drugs made in...

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