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Opposition to projects is overwhelming

Paul McMorrow’s Oct. 30 op-ed column, “More identity politics in Jamaica Plain,” shows that, when looking at development issues in Jamaica Plain, he’s using the wrong end of the telescope. He claims that the opposition to two development projects on South Huntington Avenue is from “one group of residents.” Nothing could be further from the truth.

Neither of these projects can be built without variances from the zoning code, and, if built, they would add almost 400 high-end rental units — mostly studios and one bedrooms.

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The opposition to these two ungainly projects is overwhelming. The Boston Redevelopment Authority-appointed impact advisory group for the proposal at 161 South Huntington unanimously opposes that project, and 75 percent of the impact advisory group members for the 105A South Huntington project are opposed to a 10-story building on that site. I am a member of both boards.

The board of directors of the Jamaica Pond Association, a group not known for wild eyed radicalism (here too, I am a board member), has voted to oppose both.

The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council Zoning Committee voted 13-0 to oppose the 161 South Huntington project.

Rather than presenting a fair analysis, McMorrow posits the views of the developers who, he would have Globe readers believe, are unfairly “getting worked over right now.”

Kevin F. Moloney

Jamaica Plain

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