Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Community-Owned Bar Proposed for Former James's Gate Space in Jamaica Plain

It looks like a "community-owned cooperative bar" could be opening in the space where a beloved Irish pub had been.

The Jamaica Plain News is reporting that The James's Gate Cooperative group is meeting on August 11 to discuss plans for a new drinking establishment to open in the former James's Gate space on McBride Street, with a website for the cooperative saying that "The motivation is not just about a bar, but rather the formation of a cooperatively owned and managed establishment that strives to uphold values of democracy, equality, self-responsibility, solidarity, and the formation of a sense of pride and place in one's community." The site goes on to say that an annual fee would be put in place to allow members to have equal ownership of the place and give them the ability to vote on the management of the bar.

As reported earlier, the current proposal for the space is for a five-story mixed-used building to be constructed where James's Gate had been, and it looks like the ground floor would have commercial space, which is presumably where the community-owned bar would be.

Jame's Gate, which abruptly closed in September of 2015, consisted of a rustic pub area complete with a fireplace, and a separate dining section in the back; the place had been in business since 1997.

[Earlier Articles]
James's Gate Property in Jamaica Plain Sold to Developer
James's Gate in Jamaica Plain Has Closed

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