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Public hearing on Riverside
September 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Come to the public hearing on Riverside on Monday, September 23 at 7 pm, City Council Chamber.
Show Up and Speak Up!
Citizens are invited to speak (about any aspect of the project you care about most) at this meeting of the City Council’s Zoning and Planning/Land Use Committee.
We expect project supporters to be out in full force, making their claims that we are anti-development or NIMBYs. This is not true. We share many goals with advocates of affordable housing and sustainability, but we believe development should not come at the cost of crushing – and polluting – traffic.
We support a right-sized project that won’t cause traffic gridlock and benefits Newton and ALL of its residents. We urge a thorough City Council review that is not rushed. However, we expect the City Council to vote on zoning for Riverside by the end of October.
The LFIA Riverside Committee has been working with city officials and Mark Development for months to reach a more reasonably-scaled plan from the original 1.5 million square feet proposal.
The developer’s latest proposal is 1.23 million square feet. (Details at www.newtonma.gov/riverside; scroll down to “Materials Received 8-22-19”)
Some building heights have been reduced, but remains a concern: the new plan includes a 13-story tower and the City’s Planning & Development Dept is advocating for zoning to allow 15-story buildings. We are also very concerned about traffic congestion, both inside and outside the site, especially considering the influx of other large developments in Newton and the region.
We advocate for:
- 70/30 mix of residential/commercial (higher than the developer’s current ratio)
- Appropriate building setbacks from Grove Street
- Reasonable building heights
- More civic open space
- Careful attention to school enrollment impact
- A regional approach to traffic
- We know everyone is busy! But we must continue to make our voices heard at this important ZAP and Land Use Committee public hearing on Monday, September 23 at 7 pm, City Council Chamber.
Show our city officials that we care deeply about what happens at Riverside!