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Austin St Project

Post by Admin on Fri Jun 24, 2016 9:44 pm

Per Newton.gov, "The 28 Austin Street project was approved by the Newton Board of Aldermen on Tuesday, December 8, 2015. This exciting public-private partnership will bring new housing and retail space to Newtonville, while preserving public parking at the Austin Street Municipal Lot. A project of this size does not begin immediately (see approximate timeline below). The City of Newton and a Liaison Committee appointed by the Board of Aldermen will continue to engage the community throughout construction. For further questions please contact Rachel Blatt, Urban Designer (rblatt@newtonma.gov | 617-796-1127). "

On the other hand, opponents state: "We want our Austin Street parking lot beautified, not privatized. We call on the members of the Board of Aldermen to reject a special permit for the Austin Street Partners' proposed development, to return this public property to public use, and to improve Newtonville's village parking lot with trees, landscaping, benches, electric car charging posts, smart meters, Zipcar spaces, and places to park bicycles. The Austin Street parking lot is essential to the health of the village of Newtonville. The village is thriving; the Austin Street lot is at or near capacity much of the time. Local businesses say they will close if shoppers can't park easily, and must shop elsewhere. Commuter rail users, seniors using the Senior Center and NNHS drivers need the parking lot too. Newtonville needs its village parking lot; it doesn't need a gigantic apartment building on stilts above it."
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