Jamaica Plain News has a rendering of the proposed mixed-use building that would replace the restaurant, which closed last September. In an apparent homage to the place, the developer is proposing to call the new building the Gate.
I'll miss the Gate patio on a hot summer evening but this is a better use of space on a busy street near the Orange Line I guess.
Did the restaurant owners own the land and cashed out and retired or were they booted by a landlord?
I always wondered why they shuttered so abruptly. I heard it was a money dispute between the owners, but nothing concrete.
Bella Luna has a nice patio, but they're not as lowkey as James' Gate was. The Frogmore has turned into my latest spot to chill, and I'm hoping that La Rana Rossa will join that once they get their beer/wine license.
Back to housing: I'm also a supporter of extra housing, but I smell a fight regarding the height of the building. McBride's a weird street with relatively tiny homes.
The Farnworth House half a block from this building is taller than this building would be.
JP does lack in outdoor dining. Centre Street has too many cars and too narrow sidewalks to make it a pleasant experience. Still hoping JP Beer Garden happens.
Cashed out, $1.95 million. http://www.jamaicaplainnews.com/2016/03/20/so-long-old-friend-jamess-gat...
shaped like a pint glass
Hopefully developments like this, as well as whatever is going in around Forest Hills, brings more shopping to southern JP. Plenty of vacant storefronts in the neighborhood. A Forest Hills TJ's would be pretty perfect; people on the last two stops of the Orange Line don't really have a walkable full grocery at the moment.
When Harvest closed, it meant that a huge swath of JP was stuck deciding between Tedeschi's, City Feed, and a bodega for their grocery needs. If there were a TJ's near Forest Hills (even a small one, a la the Centre Street Whole Foods), I would spend my life there.
When those massive developments on Washington near Forest Hills open next year, it's going to be really interesting to see what happens to the neighborhood. South Street has a lot of empty storefronts, but there's going to be a deluge of people who don't want to drive to do their errands moving in. I'm excited to see it!
There's a Harvest Co-op at Forest Hills right now, it's just on the Roslindale side.
Sounds like a ridiculous size for that area. Even "downtown" JP on Centre St. doesn't have a building that tall.
754 Centre is four stories with an elevated basement floor and doesn't seem out of place at all. Five stories is by no mean garish. Beyond that -- Centre Street should be allowed to grow taller than it is. One story downtowns make sense for Lexington, but it's insane to demand developers build low in a transit-rich area.
Around the turn of the last century, Centre street was mostly populated with 3 and 4 story buildings. It wasn't until the rise of parking requirements that the current crop of single story retail structures became the norm, and not because they were inherently better for the neighborhood or the streetscape, but because that was all the floor space you could build if parking for that space also had to be on the same plot. The sooner we can reverse this practice, the better it will be for everyone.
Less than a block away are two buildings of similar height. There are probably half a dozen buildings on South St. within 10 feet of the same height.
I always suspected this building as being a former trolley barn, any validity to it?
Such a wonderful place, one that I will long miss.
Speaking of barns, I only recently saw the old converted stable / barn in Roslindale behind the Citizens on Taft Hill Terrace,. That's such a neat building and it was cool to see it was saved and redeveloped.
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