Upcoming JPNC Meeting

Just an update on an upcoming Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council meeting to discuss several properties, including 14-16 McBride (the parking lot). The Allandale St. project may also be an interesting discussion. A link to the developer’s plans for both 14-16 and 5 McBride is available at jpnc.org:
“Zoning Committee: Wednesday, September 21, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. at Farnsworth House, 90 South Street. Agenda includes: (1) 89 Jamaica Street (construct a new 2 1/2 story, two-family residence on 3,662 square foot lot); (2) 44 Evergreen Street (combine parcels to make new 7892 square foot parcel; change occupancy from two-family to four-family residence; construction per plans); (3) Discussion by the Committee of 64 Allandale Street (proposal to develop 2-acre parcel with six buildings, including a total of 20 residential townhouse units (site zoned for ten)); and, (4) The fourth return of 14-16 MacBride Street (construct two two-family residential dwellings).”

JPNDC Development 101 Workshop

Thank you to those who attended last night’s Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corp. (JPNDC) Development 101 Workshop, and our James’s Gate Cooperative information session which immediately followed (and no worries if you couldn’t attend – Thursday evenings are tough enough for many, not to mention the sweltering heat).  The JPNDC Workshop was extremely informative about how the development process works and how the community can express their thoughts or concerns about a project in their community.
We’ll be holding additional meetings soon, but it became apparent last night that we need to have a meeting focused on the needs and concerns of those residing in the immediate vicinity of the James’s Gate building (McBride St., Call St., etc.). There are already some great neighborhood groups in that area, and so we’ll be reaching out to them in an effort to gather the community in one place.  All are welcome, even if you don’t live in the immediate vicinity, and place and time will be posted soon.
Finally, I’m really excited that this is truly turning into a cooperative economics movement that is not just about one business, but rather the future of JP as a whole. We’ll be sure to keep that energy going while not losing focus on the immediate goal, which is the James’s Gate space.

A Lot is Happening

We certainly appreciate some of the recent media attention to our cooperative movement. However, after reading some of the media articles, which seem to imply that our community-owned bar will be opening at the site, we feel the need to clarify the facts.  The fact of the matter is that a developer owns the site, and ultimately will decide the future of that site.  We, through the power of community and cooperative economics, merely hope to influence the future of that space for the betterment of the surrounding community.  As we have stated elsewhere, our motivation is not just about a bar, but rather the formation of a cooperatively owned and managed establishment that strives to uphold values of democracy, equality, self-responsibility, solidarity, and the formation of a sense of pride and place in one’s community.  This is a cooperative movement, not just a business.

Development 101 Workshop and Cooperative Information Session

Please join the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corp. (JPNDC) for a Development 101 Workshop next Thursday, August 11th, at Farnsworth House (90 South St. Jamaica Plain).  The workshop will begin 6pm, and will be immediately followed by a James’s Gate Cooperative information session (beginning ~7pm).  This is a great opportunity to learn more about how you can get involved in ongoing development projects in our community, as well as the James’s Gate Cooperative and our efforts to empower communities through community-owned business and cooperative economics.

Canto 6 Bakery Closure

We are saddened to hear of the Canto 6 Bakery’s closing, another Jamaica Plain establishment which has long-reflected the values of the surrounding community, much like the former James’s Gate.  While change is perhaps inevitable, the James’s Gate Cooperative is committed to ensuring Jamaica Plain remains an open and inclusive community, and that those values continue to be reflected in the businesses which operate here.

Zoning Committee Hearing July 27

Last night, July 27th, the community met to discuss the development plans for the former James’s Gate property.  We are pleased by the overwhelming sense of community displayed by attendees, and the willingness of the developers to listen to the community as they continue to revise their development plans for both 14-16 McBride St. (the parking lot) and 5 McBride St. (the James’s Gate building).  The James’s Gate Cooperative will continue to post updates about future hearings, and we would encourage all to attend those meetings and be heard.

The James’s Gate Cooperative is committed to opening a community owned bar at the site of the former James’s Gate restaurant on McBride St. in Jamaica Plain. The motivation is not just about a bar, but rather the formation of a cooperatively owned and managed establishment that strives to uphold values of democracy, equality, self-responsibility, solidarity, and the formation of a sense of pride and place in one’s community.

As such, we take issue with any development proposal that runs contrary to these values or is otherwise inconsistent with the open and inclusive fabric of our community.