Revised plans for Redevelopment of Circle Cinema/ Applebees Site

The Boston Develpoment Group has unveiled revised plans for redevelopment of the former site in Circle Cinema and Applebee’s in Cleveland Circle. The plans still include a hotel, apartments, retail and office space and have been shrunk by about 2,000 square feet for a total of 234,550 square feet in the proposed re-development. For more information, see coverage on


Changes at the Mall and the Street at Chesnut Hill

The Newton Patch reports that two new restarants have announced plans to open at the Mall at Chestnut Hill. Tokyo Japanese Steak House and Besito (Mexican style) will fill vacancies left by the recent closings of Charley’s Saloon and Bernard’s.

Bernard’s will be moving to the new space currently under construction on the former Macy’s building site, on “The Street” at Chestnut Hill, where it will join  Sports Club/LA, lululemon, City Sports, Pinkberry, Treat Cupcake Bar, Pottery Barn, and Polarn O. Pyret.

In addition, the AMC Chestnut Hill movie theatre has closed, pending the opening of Showcase Super Lux theatre, also to be housed in the buildings underconstruction. The theatre is scheduled to open in May.

For more coverage of changing Chestnut Hill businesses, view Chestnut Hill topics in the Newton Patch.



Hammond Pond Floating Walkway Update

DCR has filed an Appeal of the Newton Conservation Committee’s Denial of the Rudyak Family Floating Walkway.  The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will be reviewing the Appeal and will have representatives at Hammond Pond later this month do a site visit to review the DCR/Rudyak’s Plan and it’s environmental impact.  The CHA will keep you updated as to any developments in this regard.

Waban Hill Reservoir? Its in Chestnut Hill and there’s going to be meeting about it.

The Waban Hill Reservoir will be the subject of a Public Meeting on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at Newton City Hall in Room 209.

The “A” marks the Waban Hill Reserior. Image from google maps.

Despite it’s somewhat misleading name, the Waban Hill Reservoir sits in Chestnut Hill, just off of Commonwealth Ave., Ward Street and Manet Rd. Like the nearby Chestnut Hill Reservoir, it is owned by the MWRA and hasn’t been an active component of the water system for a long time. The MWRA has notified the City of Newton they are going to declare it “surplus” and will be turned over to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and likely be sold.  The City of Newton may opt to purchase it and use if for passive and/or active recreational uses.  Please attend if you have any interest.

For more information, view the Waban Hill Reservior Invitation for 11-14 .

October 29 meeting on construction at BC T stop

On Monday, October 29, the MBTA will hold a public meeting at City Hall (room to be determined).

The topic: Green Line – Boston College Station

This project is part of the Light Rail Accessibility Project. A new center-side platform station will be built on Commonwealth Avenue to provide a higher level of accessibility to all passengers. The station will include a full canopy over the Inbound platform, track relocation, installation of a diamond crossover, a mini-high and two portable lifts, and upgrades to all power, signal and communications systems. The new station will provide for more efficient train operations because the trains will cross the Lake Street intersection and move into and out of the yard with less frequency and the new diamond crossover provides for greater operational flexibility. In addition, the safety of our patrons will significantly improve as they cross Commonwealth Ave. and Lake Street via updated, accessible crosswalks and new traffic signals. Vehicular movements at the intersection will also benefit as a result of less train movements.

For a ful account of the project, visit the Boston College Station Project Page on the MTBA website.

Change is coming to Route 9

With the construction of the Chestnut Hill Square Development, there will be changes to  Rt.9 between Dudley St. and Hammond Pond Parkway. The goal is reducing congestion and increasing traffic flow in the long term if not the short term. The PDF document provides a summary of changes planned and a timeline for the implementation of those changes. There is also a plan for “infastructure improvements” to be implemented over the same time scale, see the second PDF below.

Transportation Improvements to Rt.9

Newton Infastructuce Improvements.Oct 2012