August 22 2013

Review notes from July 25, 2013 WAC meeting at Waban Library Center
Remarks from our Ward 5 Aldermen
Remarks from Ana Gonzales – City Neighborhood Council Representative
Continued Discussion of Rt. 128 – Rt. 9 issue:
  • A. Report on meeting with William Paille, Director of Transportation (July 31 and August 15).
  • B. Mitigation process update – Rte 9 - Chestnut Street Off-ramp?
  • C. Video demo of the 9/128 intersection to be shown to three Area Councils. 
Updates on  Waban and Near-Waban Asset Developments:
  1. St. Philip Neri Church  
  2. Riverside Development – Sewer, storm water, schools, and traffic Draft Special Permit #258-12 Riverside:
  3. 3. Hospice of Good Shepherd Property (Engine 6)  
Possible Waban Candidates’ Night – Newton Mayoral and Aldermen-at-Large Candidates 
Waban Area Council Election Procedures Update:
  • Sept. 11 - Programs and Services Committee accepts/rejects proposed election date for nine    Waban 
  • Sept. 16 - Full Board of Aldermen accept/reject proposed election date for nine Waban Area  Councilor 
  • Sept. 17  - Nomination papers available at Election Dept. at City Hall
  • Oct. 4      - Nomination papers due back at City Hall
  • Oct. 11    - Signatures verified 
  • Oct. 24    - Candidates Night for Waban Council positions at Waban Library Center
  • Nov. 5     - City Election - (Waban Area Council’s Councilor Election to be held at Zervas School only.)
Waban Improvement Society Updates
New Business – Volunteer to attend November meeting to learn the process of applying for CPA funds to bring Waban Library Center up to ADA Compliance level. Funding for FY 2015.
Next Meeting: Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 7:30pm, Waban Library Center.


Waban Library Center
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Meeting Date: 
Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 7:30pm


48 rental units under 40B 105 parking spots with access onto Karen road

The Beacon and Chestnut St intersection. is already too congested. We would contribute to stop this development. Developers make promises, but the reality of the finished project is always worse than what was proposed

Oakvale Road, unfortunately, is a private road and therefore is not maintained by the city. It is the cut-through of choice for vehicles going to Karen Road. Residents of Oakvale have been suffering the destruction of Oakvale's pavement by hundreds of construction trucks since the McMansioning of Karen Road started 10 or 12 years ago. So far, none of the developers has taken responsibility for mitigating the damage. We anticipate that this will get even worse during the project at St. Philip Neri. We would like to propose an agreement with the developer of St. Philip Neri that they will either send their trucks down a public street such as Montclair or Moffat rather than Oakvale, or repave our street when they are done with their project.

Residents of Oakvale are also concerned about the amount of traffic that will pass daily over our deteriorating private road once the multi-housing project is completed. We would appreciate an opportunity to discuss with the city and the developer ways to mitigate this problem, and would like to be included in “near neighbor” meetings. Possible solutions to the problem include: establishing Oakvale as a one-way street from west to east, on the model of nearby (private) Roslyn Road; putting the ingress to the new development on Short/Beacon Street rather than Karen Road; having the city make Oakvale a public road without charging the abutters for the improvement; or by some other means.

I asked several questions at the end of May 6th meeting at the WC which was attended by approximately 140 people to get a sense of where people stood after the presentation.

  1. How many were involved in the meetings the developer held prior to the May 6th meeting? Less than a dozen raised their hands
  2. How many were in favor of the current proposal? About a dozen raised their hands
  3. How many were opposed? 80-90% raised their hands
  4. How many would favor a design that had half as many units and preserved the Church structure? 50-60% raised their hands.