MBTA plans to replace D line tracks in Newton

Newton residents near the Green Line:

In Mid-September, the MBTA is beginning a 30 month long track and signal replacement project along the entire length of the Green Line D Branch across the City of Newton.  In order to replace portions of old track and signals, the project will involve noisy construction activities during the overnight hours and during the day on weekends.  The MBTA will make a presentation on the project to the Newton City Council on Monday, June 25th at 6pm in the Council chambers.  All are invited to attend the presentation.

Mayor Fuller has met with the MBTA and advocated for significant sound mitigation measures and continuous public outreach/communication on the project. She has also asked the T to conduct more of the noisiest work activities on the weekends or earlier in the evening hours.  In response, the T added a communications consultant to their team to keep in close contact with neighbors and city officials.  But, they say it is not possible to reduce or avoid the overnight construction periods. The MBTA’s project team believes there will be noisy overnight construction directly behind many Green Line neighboring homes for up to 5 to 7 nights during the project.

If you are unable to attend the Monday presentation, the City will put a copy of it on the “City News” section of Newton City website homepage.  Still have questions?  Reach out to the Mayor’s Office Citizen Assistance Officer at 617-796-1102.

Jonathan Yeo

Chief Operating Officer

City of Newton

jyeo@newtonma.gov

 

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Waste Collection and Recycling in Newton

Neighbors, please be aware:

(1) The ctiy of Newton will collect Christmas trees for composting between January 2nd, and January 12.

(2) Plastic bags are not recyclable in your green bins and recyclables should not be bagged in the bins, but loose. The DPW reports that plastic bags mixed into the recycling stream is still the number one problmen in Newton’s recycling stream. Read more about it here. 

(3) During the winter season, please do not leave your trash barrells and recycling carts buried in the snow or atop snow bank. Place them in a cleared area curbside to the trucks can access them on pick up days.

Read more tips and guidelines from Newton’s DPW here. 

 

Save the Date, if you want to learn more about the proposed changes at the Street

The proposed changes at “The Street” in Chestnut Hill will be considered at two upcoming meetings:

On December 1,  The Street will be on the agenda of Newton’s conservation comission. The meeting starts at 7:00pm.

On December 6, Newton’s Land Use committee will hold a public hearing for “The Street” at 7:00pm in City Hall.

More information on proposed changes at the Street

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We heard you, neighbors! Many of you who took our survey about the proposed changes at the Street said you would like more information. So, we’ve dug into the City of Newton public records and found these two images which were presented at the Land Use Committee meeting on September 20th.

You can see the whole presentation here. 

Review the planning memo, stormwater report, engineering memo and more here (look under  Boylston Street “The Street” (1-55) – #261-16)

Or listen to an audio of the meeting here. 

View the Land Use committe Report following the 9/20/2016 meeting here. 

The Street is supposed to be on the schedule of the next Conservation Commission meeting, to be held Nov. 10th. The next date that Land Use will hear The Street has not yet been determined.

If you missed the survey, you can go back and take a look here. Let us know what you think!

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Road work coming up in Chestnut Hill

Please be aware that the City’s contractor for milling and paving, Lorusso Corp., is currently scheduled to mill Suffolk Road in its entirety and Hammond Street from Ward Street to Stone Ave. This is scheduled to begin on Tuesday 11.1 and should be completed by Wednesday 11.2 but could potentially run to Thursday 11.3.

Detours, similar to those in place for the sidewalk work currently going on, will be set up. These roads will be closed, for the most part, while this work is going on for the safety of the workers, pedestrians and the motoring public alike. As work progresses the road blocks will often roll in one direction or another. This is entirely under the control of the police on site as to what is the safest and most expedient way for traffic to proceed. Residents of the affected neighborhoods should be notified either by Robo-call or by mail.

Paving of these streets is currently scheduled for the following week, most likely Wednesday 11.9 and Thursday 11.10 weather permitting. Understand that rain will effect this paving schedule but not the milling schedule.

Sidewalk work has already begun.

Proposed changes at The Street in Chestnut Hill

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There is a pending proposal before the City of Newton Land Use, Conservation and Planning Commissions to change the structures in The Street shopping center in Chestnut Hill. The Chestnut Hill Association has begun to explore this proposal as it affects traffic, noise, and the quality, use and vista of Hammond Pond. The plans include two new structures, each of two stories, that would abut Hammond Pond and a new, underground two story garage. We’re curious about what you might think about this proposed development, so, please, tell us by taking this quick survey.