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Jamaica Plain Branch Renovation Meeting

Posted on June 5th, 2014 by Christine Schonhart in Branches, Library Services, Major Projects

The second community meeting for the design phase of renovation of the Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library was held on May 21 at the branch. About 35 neighbors attended the meeting where architects
from Utile, Inc. presented an overview of the project along with three potential options for floor plans. Community members discussed the importance of the collection, access to technology, a space for teens, and the need for large and small community gathering places. A discussion on what a maker-space might look like at the branch included suggestions for computers, design software, group work stations and places for the community to share ideas and art.

groundfloorplanJPThis renovation project includes plans for additions at the South Street side of the building as well as an addition on the north side to accommodate an elevator. The ultimate design will need to be reviewed and approved by the Massachusetts Historical Commission. This phase is expected to wrap up in Winter 2015, and pending City Council budget approval, the construction phase could begin in the spring or summer of 2015. Renovations will require that the branch be closed to the public for approximately 12-18 months.

Meeting notes and the presentation can be found here. Shown in the image at right is one of the proposed layouts for the main level of the branch.

Jamaica Plain branch design process begins

Posted on April 17th, 2014 by Christine Schonhart in Branches, Library Services, Major Projects

On April 9th, the Library, architects from Utile, Inc, and project managers from the City’s Property and Construction Management team joined over 50 community members in Jamaica Plain to begin discussions on the design for a renovated Jamaica Plain branch of the Boston Public Library. Located at 12 Sedgwick Street, the branch opened in 1911 and the last major interior renovation was in 1963. In 2013 a program study was completed with the goals of renovation to include accessibility, expanded spaces for all ages, art gallery space, and a rejuvenated multi-purpose room. The next meeting of the community group will be on May 21st at the Jamaica Plain branch at 6pm. Join the conversation in person or online. All meeting minutes and presentations will be posted here:


2013 Jamaica Plain Branch Facility Planning Study

Posted on July 26th, 2013 by Christine Schonhart in Library Services, Major Projects

JP_3Throughout the spring of 2013 the Library worked with  Miller Dyer Spears Inc. and a community advisory committee to study pre-design options and cost estimates for a renovation of the the Jamaica Plain branch of the Boston Public Library. The goals of this study include ADA accessibility, improved spaces, collections and technology for all ages, and and enhanced multi-purpose room. You can read the completed study here.

Update: Jamaica Plain Community Advisory Committee Meeting #2

Posted on January 22nd, 2013 by Christine Schonhart in Library Services, Major Projects

On Thursday, January 10, over 40 Jamaica Plain residents gathered in the community room at the Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library to continue discussions with the library and architects Miller, Dyer Spears, regarding upcoming renovations. Meeting minutes and the presentation can be found here: Jamaica Plain Branch renovations. 

At this stage, three preliminary ideas were shared as the architects, library, and community continue to work out the details of which spaces should go where, what are the best adjacencies, what’s most cost effective and operationally efficient, and what can be incorporated into the space that will highlight the best of Jamaica Plain.

The final meeting in this planning stage will be held at the branch at 12 Sedgwick Street on Thursday, February 7, at 6 p.m. In the meantime, if you have ideas, comments, questions or suggestions, please feel free to contact the Library at or by writing to Christine Schonhart c/o Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116.


Renovation Update – Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library

Posted on December 7th, 2012 by Christine Schonhart in Library Services, Major Projects

The first of three Community Advisory Committee meetings to discuss upcoming renovations to the Jamaica Plain Branch was held on November 28 at the Curtis Hall Community Center. This project began in September of 2005 and included six meetings held between September 2005 and November 2006. Information on that study can be found here: Jamaica Plain Study (Site Study PDF at the bottom of the page).

Since that study was completed, the Library has completed a strategic plan, the BPL Compass, which was adopted by the Trustees in November of 2011. Among the outcomes from that plan was the need to complete a system-wide facilities review. Jamaica Plain was a pilot location for that review. Those results, along with the previous study and the current community process, will inform pre-design options and cost estimates that will later be used for a full renovation.

We want to make sure the JP Branch is a welcoming and special place for the community. One of the topics discussed at the meeting was: “What would you like to see as the specialty at the Jamaica Plain branch, or in other words, what should we focus on in design of space to be sure this branch is successful?” Is it a makerspace for all generations to gather and create art, a teen tech/creation space, an early literacy zone to help infants and toddlers learn important pre-reading concepts?

You can share your thoughts or ideas on the above question or any other aspect of the project in the following ways:

  • send an email to
  • leave a comment on this blog
  • write to Christine Schonhart c/o Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street Boston, MA 02116

Members of the community advisory committee include: Don Haber, Gretchen Grozier, Laura Green, Andrea Howley, Beverly Arsem, Nancy Doherty, Jennifer Fulton, Carl Scovel, Peg Maloney, and Pam Marrone.

The next meetings will be held on Thursday, January 10, and Thursday, February 7. All meetings are free and open to the public.