Green St Renters' Legal Fees

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Raised by 206 people in 13 months
We are four renters on Green Street in Jamaica Plain, and we are suing the developer Mordechai Levin and the Boston Zoning Board of Appeals for Levin’s new proposed development on the Washington and Green St intersection. We are worried that our neighborhood will be detrimentally altered by this new building, since it will not be affordable to the current demographic of the area. We love our block due to it’s diversity in age, race, ability and income and we care about our neighbors and the impact that gentrification has on us all.  

Many community members spoke out against the development during public hearings and meetings, yet our concerns were ignored. The ZBA has approved the building even though it does not comply with zoning laws in the area nor with the requests of the neighbors. Furthermore, our concerns about traffic, safety, health and parking have not been addressed. As a last resort, we are taking legal action, and we need your support.

We don't know what the outcome will be, but we are at least hoping for improvements on the current plan.  Any money that we raise past our legal fees will be donated to local housing advocacy work.

Since we value that voices of the community, please feel free to voice your thoughts here.
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Hello Supporters.
Yesterday our appeal case was heard before the 3 justices of the Appellate Court of the State of Massachusetts. We are presently awaiting their decision about whether the Superior Court judge's ruling to not grant us standing in our case against the Developers at 3353 Washington St. will be overturned, or stay the same. It is our hope that this decision will be overturned, and that we are able to bring our suit to trial. We still hold a firm conviction that the plan for this development should align better with the needs of the immediate neighbors, the neighborhood of JP itself, and the rules and regs of Plan JP/Rox.

So many times I've heard from our supporters "you are actually doing the thing that so many people just talk about, you are standing up to the developers and not just letting them roll over you." Though we are not alone in this type of fight (there are other examples in JP, East Boston, Roxbury, etc) the current system is designed to make it as hard as possible for the actual people living in a neighborhood to contribute to the planning and future of their neighborhood. We four saw it happening on our block, and decided that we had to speak up.

Without your amazing support, we never would have been able to speak as loudly as we have, and go so far the legal process as we have; so thank you so much again.

Fingers crossed for a decision that let's us bring our case to trial.

Yours Truly,
The Green Street Four
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In little under one month we've raised $2,642 dollars towards our funding our appeal. Congratulations everyone! Still a ways to go but if we can keep up this pace we'll be right on track. Thanks so much again for your support, this fight is nothing without you. Keep spreading the word to those that might support as well.
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We've raised $1,495 in the last 2 weeks. Thanks so much to all current and new supporters! We've still got $13,505 to go to reach our newest $15K fundraising goal (which would bring our total amount raised via Gofundme to $28,500).
Don't forget to spread the word to friends that might want to support our cause as well!
Thanks again
Green St. Renters
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Hello Friends!

Here is the latest update on the lawsuit by the Green St. 4 against Developer Mordechai Levin and the Boston Zoning Board of Appeals over the planned development at the corner of Green St. and Washington St. in JP.

We are in the midst of filing an appeal (which is a multi-stage process) as a result of the Suffolk Superior court not granting us standing in our initial suit. It is our belief that because the developer and the Zoning Board of Appeals side-stepped proper rules and regulations the current construction plan would lead to a number of serious harms that we would endure if it is built.

It's taken us 9 months to get here, and might take another 6-12 months until a final decision to our appeal is made. All of this costs a lot in legal fees. We have nearly exhausted our personal funds and the money that we have raised thus far; and if we are to continue the process, we need to raise more!

If you and one of your friends each gave $50, we would will reach our newest $15,000 fundraising goal. And of course whatever you can give would be a huge help.
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