Send your thoughts on Washington Place to City Council today!

On Monday night, the Newton City Council will vote on the permit for the proposed Washington Place project in Newtonville.  LWVN supports this proposal because it includes 160 units of housing close to transit and amenities, 25% affordable to low- and middle-income households, village center revitalization, pedestrian and traffic improvements, LEED Gold certification, transit subsidies, and ZipCar and bike facilities, among other benefits.  [See the next post for a link to the LWVN letter in support of this project.]

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LWVN Supports Washington Place

LWVN sent a letter to the Newton City Council in favor of Washington Place.  Click here to review the letter, which contains a thorough analysis of the project: Letter on Washington Street 6-14-17



This Thursday, May 25th: Informational Meeting on Northland Site on Needham Street

Join LWVN members at an informational meeting about the proposed development on the Marshall’s site on Needham Street.  The meeting will be held at 156 Oak Street on May 25th starting at 7 pm.  Please click Oak St Directions–Marshall’s Meeting to see the location of the meeting and of available parking.  Below is a short summary of the project.

Northland Needham Street Project Summary:

Northland Development owns 28 acres on both sides of Needham Street including the Marshall’s mall, Oak Street “Piano Mill” and the TJX building.  They are proposing a “mixed use center” including 865 residential units, 175,000 s.f. office and 200,000 s.f. retail uses as envisioned in the Newton Comprehensive Plan Mixed Use Center Amendment of 2011.

Procedurally Northland is not currently seeking approval of the project but is seeking a re-zoning of the land from MU-1 which prohibits residential use to BU-4 which allows a mix of uses.  A hearing on the re-zoning is scheduled to open on June 13, and Northland is hoping to conclude a pro-active re-zoning process in 2017 in order to seek the project special permit in 2018.


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