To: Mayor Walsh ∙ The Zoning Board of Appeal ∙ Chief Jerome Smith ∙ Councilor Matt O’Malley ∙ State Representative Liz Malia ∙ State Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz ∙ Councilor Michelle Wu ∙ Councilor Annissa Essaibi George ∙ Councilor Michael Flaherty ∙ Councilor Althea Garrison
Please stand with the communities of Jamaica Plain and Roxbury. As the ZBA has done with City Realty before, you can support new development and support residents’ stability. Only approve 197 Green Street if City Realty agrees in writing to:
* Not use lawsuits such as those that seek damages or allege unjust enrichment because tenants paid under the purported market value for their apartments.
* Sign 1-year extensions in court of moveout dates for three tenant households at 435 Walnut Ave & 26 School St impacted by those lawsuits: Rita Paul, Frezzia Herrera & Victor Hugo Gracia, and Dora Sandoval.
* Agree to further timely negotiations with Egleston Square Neighborhood Association around displacement, affordability, transparency, and impact of developments -- including offering specific proposals that keep low-income tenants and households in units, beyond City Realty’s current proposals of one year.
These proposals were put forth by Egleston Square Neighborhood Association and community members. The JP Neighborhood Council Zoning Committee unanimously voted to support these conditions for approval of 197 Green St. We must stand against the eviction of longtime residents and strongarm pressure tactics. The ZBA should approve development in Jamaica Plain and Roxbury that benefits the community, not development by companies who are actively displacing our families, friends, and neighbors. Help ensure that City Realty practices development without displacement.