July 25 2013

  • Review notes from May 23, 2013 WAC meeting at Waban Library Center
  • Remarks from our Ward 5 Aldermen
  • Remarks from Ana Gonzales – City Neighborhood Council Representative
  • Update on Waban Area Council Formation and Election of Councilors
  • Continued Discussion of Rt. 128 – Rt. 9 issue:
A. Report on meeting with Mayor Warren (June 19).
B. Mitigation process update.
C. Letter and graphic prepared by WAC to be sent to Newton Conservation
     Commission re: Blanding’s Turtle.
  • Continued Discussion about Reuse of Waban Assets & Properties whose
    Development May Effect Waban:
1. Hospice of Good Shepherd Property (Engine 6)
2. St. Philip Neri Property – Neighborhood meeting at residents’ house on July 22, 2013.
3. Riverside Development – Sewer, storm water, schools, and traffic
Draft Special Permit #258-12 Riverside:
  • Standing Committees:
A. Community Preservation Act – Identify Projects in Waban for Proposals – Council Members
B. Communications (Website Development & Updating - Chris Pitts)
C. Infrastructure (Waban issues relating to traffic, roads, sewer, drainage, etc.) – Maureen Reilly-Meagher
D. Development – (St Philip Neri) Rena Getz; Isabelle Albeck
E. School Information- Angier - Deena David
F. Waban merchant issues – French Bakery or what in Waban??????? (Located where 1-800 Flowers was)
G. Recruitment Committee for Area Council – Sallee Lipshutz
H. Environmental Issues – Maureen Reillly-Meagher
  • Waban Improvement Society Updates
  • New Business


Waban Library Center
United States
Meeting Date: 
Thursday, July 25, 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.