July 16 2015 mtg

The Waban Area Council will hold its July monthly meeting on the 16th at 7:30pm at the Waban Library Center. (This represents a change from the usually scheduled meeting date of the 2nd Thursday of the month.)

Following 7 PM Angier Community and Construction Team Meeting

  3. BURNING ISSUES: Community comments for future agenda or immediate resolution (5 min)
    1. Angier Construction Progress: BB (2 min)
    2. Add-A-Lane July Update from MassDOT: SL (1 min)
      1. Left turns to Route 128 from Route 9 to be activated in August! - Possible WAC Action: Letter to DOT, others, stating need for impact reduction measures?
      2. Contacts at MassDOT: Joseph Graham (MassDOT Resident Engineer) and Trish Foley (MassDOT Legislative Liaison) Email: NWi95@dot.state.ma.us
      3. Website for Add-A-Lane: Citizens can also signup for updates
    3. Zervas Design Review - update from July 13 meeting: JR or RG (5 min)
    4. Friends of the Quinobequin: MRM (3 min)
    5. WAC Boundary Petition - BOA vote on July 13: SL (2 min)
    6. WAC Election Update: SL (5 min)
    7. Streets, Sidewalks, and Parking Committee: AD (10 min)
      1. Improvements by MA Highway under Route 9 at Chestnut and Quinobequin
      2. Organization of aqueduct abutters outreach effort
    8. Possible WAC Participation in 3 or 4 Area Council Candidates' Night?: SL (5 min)
    9. St. Philip Neri - 1521 Beacon St: SL (15 min)
    10. 1615 Beacon Street (built 1750) - Purchased by Developer: RG (1 min)
    11. Communication Committee - Access to Mailchimp, Facebook, & Website: All (15 min)
      1. Possible review of Waban Area Council By-Laws to ensure a process for at least two offices to have access and approval to distribute items and of timing for distributions. Weekly or bi/weekly newsletter with announcements?
    12. New City Charter Commission: SL (5 min)
      1. WAC Input?
    13. HUD Complaint Compliance Letter and BOA Docket Item: RG (5 min)
  6. NEW BUSINESS: New items that may lawfully arise for discussion.
  7. ADJOURN: Next Waban Area Council Meeting: Sept 10, 2015, 7:30PM, Waban Library Ctr 

We encourage you to contribute to the Newton Food Pantry, housed in the basement of the Waban Library Center, by bringing non-perishable food items when you attend our monthly meetings!
The location of this meeting is handicap accessible, and reasonable accommodations will be provided to persons requiring assistance. If you need a special accommodation, please contact John Lojek, at least two days in advance of the meeting: jlojek@newtonma.gov or 617-796-1064. For Telecommunications Relay Service dial 711.

Meeting Date: 
Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 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.