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.

Hammond Pond Project to go before conservation commission Sept. 27

The discussion of the proposed boardwak project at Hammond Pond will be renewed at the Conservation Commission meeting on Thursday, September 27th at approximately 7:45 pm in Room 209 at City Hall. The discussion will be a continuation of the meeting on July 26. The proposal includes converting existing trail to impervious surface and constructing a 10,000 sq ft boardwalk in the pond (land under water body).

View the full agenda for the meeting here.

View some of our previous coverage of this process here.