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.

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Will the Chestnut Hill Mall get a face lift?

The Mall at Chestnut Hill has just filed with the City for a special permit to (1) add 3 restaurants over a 3 year period (2) modernize the façade, (3) add 3 signs for the restaurant and a fourth for the entrance, (4) to pop-out the Rt 9 front facade 5736 sq ft within the existing footprint, (5) to add 2223 dq ft of outside restaurant patio seating, (6) to relocate the ring road in front of the mall to accommodate the pop-outs and outdoor seating (7) to make physical improvements to the parking lot in front of the Rt 9 mall façade, (8) to obtain a waiver for 300 parking spaces and one loading dock that the additional restaurants call for in the City of Newton zoning.

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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

Newton’s Trade & Recycle Day is next weekend

Saturday, Oct. 13 at the Rumford Ave Resource Recycling Center at 145 Rumford Ave,

Auburndale 8am-1pm drop off (City residents)

8am-2pm browse (everyone)

Usable household items, sporting goods, electronics, bikes, books, appliances, non-upholstered furniture and more can be given away for use by others- and you are also welcome to take other’s stuff! You may bring non-toxic, non-hazardous and clean items, such as doors, wood and plumbing/light fixtures, as well as clothing, fluorescent bulbs, paper, cardboard, glass and scrap metal for recycling. Volunteers are needed to help on Oct 13th (Sat) – contact Miles at m_soundsmith@yahoo.com

Hammond Pond Walkway project denied by the Newton Conservation commission

Last night the Conservation Commission held a hearing regarding the DCR / Rudyak Family Floating Walkway.  The issue before the Commission was whether the walkway created an adverse impact on the wildlife, birds and watershed area subject to the administration of the Wetlands Protection Act. Last night’s hearing was a continuation of the July 27th Hearing.

After a lengthy, and at times incomplete and conflicting testimony, concerning the impact human disturbances would have on the wildlife’s habitats, nesting and breeding practices the vote was tied at 3-3.

Procedurally, a tie vote equals a denial and consequently the DCR proposal did not prevail.

Newton Police arrest 4 individuals on firearms charges

Four Newton residents were apprehended on Wednesday night, near the Newton Centre T stop. They were found to be in posession of a loaded automatic handgun. Read the full police report here.