January 22 Meeting on Cell Phone tower installation

If you interested in learning more about the plans to build a cell phone tower at Longwood Covered courts in Chestnut Hill, you can attend the meeting on January 22nd. See scanned agenda below (#4), or visit the Newton Historical Comission to view the Agenda for the Newton Historic Comission Meeting on January 22

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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,www.newtonma.gov/cpaThe direct address of the proposal’s webpage is:

Green Line track repairs in Commonwealth Ave. area

During the weekends of October 25-26 and November 1-2, 2014 the MBTA will be performing critical repairs to the Green Line Tracks in the area of Warren Street and Commonwealth Avenue. Construction will include the utilization of heavy equipment during all hours of the weekend. On October 25-26 busses will replace Trolleys between BC and Blandford. On November 1-2 Busses will replace Trolleys between BC and Babcock. Road closures and traffic detours will be in place. Please follow posted detour signs and Police direction.

For more detailed information, visit service alerts section of the MBTA website.

DCR files for liscence to install floating walkway, hydro-raking at Hammond Pond

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The Massachussetts Department of Conservation and Recreation has filed with the Waterways Regulation Program for a liscence to (1) install a floating walkway on Hammond Pond and (2) perform hydro raking of aquatic vegetation in the pond.

View the liscence notification and more information here: Publc Notice of Waterways Liscense Application No. w14-4074

A Message from the President of the CHA : Waban Hill Reservior

Dear Neighbors & Friends:

I want to bring to your attention something that may greatly enhance our open space needs in Chestnut Hill. The Waban Hill Reservoir (WHR) is a 5 acre site adjacent to Commonwealth Ave at the top of Heartbreak Hill along Manet Road or Woodlawn Drive.  This parcel of land was recently listed as surplus property by the MWRA and has long been a potential target for acquisition by the City.  The potential purchase of the WHR by the City of Newton is supported by Mayor Setti Warren and our Ward 7 Aldermen.  Presently, a piece of legislation, H.3669 authorizing the Commonwealth to convey this parcel to the City of Newton was voted favorably out of Committee and is presently before the House of Representative’s Committee on Ways & Means.  It is my understanding that this legislation will continue to be favorably moved through the MA Legislature and signed by the Governor.  As such, the issue of purchasing this parcel may be before the Board of Aldermen later this winter.

Given the scarcity of open space in Chestnut Hill, and the uniqueness of this parcel at one of the highest hills in Newton with spectacular views of sunrises and sunsets, I support the acquisition of this land by the City.  An Advisory Committee met for several months to study the passive and active recreational uses that this site could bring to the City of Newton and concluded that this unique natural resource could provide much enjoyment, open space and recreational needs to our neighborhood  and to all residents of Newton.

Last week,  a first meeting was held by a group now known as the “Friends of Waban Hill Reservoir”.  It was strongly suggested by Aldermen Baker and Laredo that residents demonstrate their support and commitment to the purchase of the WHR through “Letters of Support” and the “Collection of Pledges” to show a willingness to contribute to the project (defray costs of benches, trees, playground, etc).  NO money is being collected now. This is just a demonstration to our elected officials that a significant number of Newton residents care about the acquisition of this parcel for open space for future generations of Newton residents.

As such, if you would like to see this parcel of land preserved and purchased by the City, please join me and sign the attached  Waban Hill reservoir pledge letter, and return it to my attention at gavrislaw@comcast.net or mail to 21 Monadnock Road, Chestnut Hill 02467.

For more information, here is the link to the City of Newton site that has comprehensive information about the process and reports.    http://www.newtonma.gov/gov/planning/cpa/projects/waban_hill.asp

I hope you will join me in supporting this endeavor.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email or call me.

Thank you for your time and attention.
Gloria M. Gavris
President, CHA