The aldermen’s Public Facility Committee voted unanimously tonight to authorize the city to enter into a 99 year lease with the MBTA for the Greenway’s right-of-way behind Needham St. There’s still two more votes to go. The Finance Committee has to vote on allocating funds for an environmental insurance policy followed by a vote of the full board.
From tonight’s meeting it seems clear that the aldermen are enthusiastic about the project. Once the aldermen approve, the city can sign the lease and kick the project in high gear. If all goes according to plan, construction of Newton’s newest park could be completed next summer.