Development at the Route 9 Hammond Street intersection

The CHA recently learned of this December 9 meeting concerning development at the intersection of Route 9 and Hammond Street. Thanks to the Chestnut HIll Neighborhood Association. (Our Brookline counterpart)

“If you’ve been wondering about the future of 1180 Boylston Street, former home of Chestnut Motors at the intersection of Hammond Street and Route 9, please come to a meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, December 9th, in Room 103 of [Brookline] Town Hall to learn about development plans for the site.

Raj Dhanda, developer and business owner in Brookline, will offer some brief comments and then turn the meeting over to Haril Pandya of CBT Architects who will present designs for a proposed retail/office building. Mike Santos, Senior Transportation Engineer from Howard/Stein-Hudson Associates, will be available to discuss the impact of the project on traffic in the area, and
Attorney Ken Hoffman will answer questions related to permitting and zoning.

The meeting should last for approximately 1 1/2 hours.”

Waban Hill Reservoir News

A Public Hearing will be held at 7:00 pm on Thursday, December 11, 2014 in City Hall Room 209 to discuss the use of Newton Community Preservation funds for the purchase and improvements to the Waban Hill Reservoir for $ 1,073,446.  The Waban Hill Reservoir is a 5 acre site at the top of Heartbreak Hill, directly adjacent to Commonwealth Ave. This central location affords the opportunity to become a city wide destination and will benefit the village of Chestnut Hill and all the residents of Newton.  Your support and attendance is greatly appreciated.  In person comments will be limited to 3 minutes.  If you are interested in having the City of Newton purchase and preserve this important parcel of land in our neighborhood for passive recreational use please attend and show your support.  For more information: The proposal is online from Proposals & Projects on the program website, direct address of the proposal’s webpage is:

Update on the Chestnut Hill Reservoir

The CHA recently received this update on the Chestnut Hill Reservoir:

” I’m writing with an update on MWRA’s continuing efforts to control invasive plants at the Chestnut Hill Reservoir.

As you may recall, last winter we lowered the reservoir by 10 feet in order to expose the shoreline to freezing conditions to kill off the dense invasive Eurasian Milfoil and Fanwort plants. With the extreme cold and long duration of ice cover last season, we were successful in knocking back these plants. In fact, this year’s aquatic plant harvest yielded just 79 cubic yards of plant matter compared to 607 cubic yards last year.

However, this success did come at a cost: the lack of invasive plants plus excessive nutrients, mainly phosphorous, from the reservoir sediment as well as from runoff (like geese feces) provided ideal conditions for a blue green algae bloom. As this algae expanded, it further shaded out light and prevented rooted plants from growing and absorbing nutrients. It’s a bit of a tradeoff of problems. One of the concerns with blue green algae is that it can release toxins which are harmful to water quality. Remember, this is still an emergency drinking water distribution reservoir and MWRA must keep it ready for use, as we did in May 2010.

So MWRA is planning some adjustments to the reservoir management plan for 2014-2015 season. In late November, we will start to drawdown the reservoir again for control of the dense shoreline invasive plants, but only five feet down. We should reach the target elevation in late December and we’ll hold that until the spring when the ice is gone.

Then, to deal with the high phosphorous levels that caused the blue green algae bloom, we plan to perform a low-dose alum treatment in the spring. Alum is aluminum sulfate, which is a non-toxic material commonly used in drinking water treatment plants to improve clarity. It is not harmful to aquatic life or people. Alum binds with the phosphorous to form aluminum hydroxide precipitate (or floc). As the floc settles to the bottom, it will remove the phosphorous from the water and lock it up in the sediment. An added benefit is that it will also collect other suspended particles in the water and improve water clarity. Once on the bottom, it will also act as a barrier to prevent phosphorous already in the sediment from cycling back into the water column.

MWRA will follow this treatment with periodic water quality monitoring to gauge its effectiveness, and will continue the annual survey to assess need for seasonal plant harvesting. I will keep you posted on our progress.

Fred Laskey
Executive Director “

Overnight parking ban reminder

November 14, 2014  From November 15th through April 15th, parking for more than one hour is prohibited between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. Please also take note of the increase in the fine to $25.00 for violating the overnight parking ban.

CHA announces new officers

The Chestnut Hill Association held it’s Fall Annual Meeting on November 13th. In addition to hearing from Newton Mayor Setti Warren, the Association also elected its new officers for 2015.

The CHA would like to thank Gloria Gavris of Monadnock Road for her service as President of the CHA for the past four years and congratulate Ken Lyons of Suffolk Road on becoming our new President. Gloria will be staying on as Vice President and Clerk and Elaine Pierce will continue as Treasurer. Congratulations to all !

CHA annual meeting coming up on Nov. 13

Chestnut Hill Association Annual Meeting.

Newton Mayor Setti Warren will be our guest speaker

Thursday, November 13 at 6:30 pm

Church of the Redeemer, 379 Hammond Street.



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