May 23, 2013

Review notes from April 25, 2013 meeting
Remarks from our Aldermen
Remarks from Ana Gonzales – City Neighborhood Council Representative
Discussion of Rt. 128 – Rt. 9 issue
  • Timeline, including response to letter sent to Mayor Warren on April 23.
Discussion about Waban Properties (including possible use changes)
  • Possible reuse of Hospice of Good Shepherd Property
  • Possible Reuse of St. Philip Neri Property
  • Possible extra use of Waban Library Center as Polling Place in lieu of Angier, Zervas or Hyde Schools (Need for ADA compliant facilities)
Establish Standing Committees
      Communications (Website Development and Updating _Chris Pitts; Publicity and Notices; Newsletter)
      Infrastructure (Waban issues relating to traffic, roads, sewer, drainage, etc.) – Maureen Reilly-Meagher
      Development (business, new land use suggestions, preservation) – Rena Getz; Isabelle Albeck
      School Information- Angier (rebuilding); Zervas (renovation); Brown Jr. High; Newton South - Deena David
      DCR and Waban Area Council partnership to attend to Parkway concerns – Maureen Reilly-Meagher
      Waban merchant issues - 
Update on Signatures and Petitions
      What happens now that the Area Council signatures are collected?
Waban Improvement Society Updates   
       Village Day – Sunday, May 19 – Report
New Business
Next Meeting: Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 7:30pm, Waban Library Center
Meeting Date: 
Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 9:15pm


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.