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Kathleen Kouril Grieser sent a rather lengthy email to opponents of the Austin Street project today via the Newtonville Trust list serve covering a variety a number of topics, including a resolution by Alderman Emily Norton that’s before the Board of Aldermen this evening. Here’s an excerpt…

The important thing TODAY is if you would consider sending a quick email to [email protected] asking him to send your message today to the entire Board of Aldermen: Ask the members of the BOA to vote TONIGHT, at the meeting of the full board, in support of Emily Norton’s resolution #47-14(3) calling on the mayor to limit the size and scale of the final project to three stories or less, 40 housing units or less, with sufficient parking for current and future uses…

….While Emily’s resolution describes a scenario that is not what we want, it is also a political device: If Emily’s resolution gets 9 or more votes that will indicate to the Mayor that he probably won’t get the 16 votes he’ll need down the road to get a special permit for a large (4-stories/80 unit) Austin St. development. (24-9=15). That’s why tonight’s vote matters. (PLEASE don’t say this in your emails, by the way.)

If Emily’s resolution fails to get at least 9 votes tonight our next step will be to push for a lease rather than a sale of the land. That would preserve ownership of the underlying land for the future, and make the present development plan less profitable/attractive to Bob Engler’s winning developer group. Leasing, rather than selling, the land was an option the City articulated in writing when “surplusing” the lot. Let’s hold them to it.

 

 

Later in the same email, Kouril Grieser urged recipients not to forward it to anyone, noting that one of her prior emails was forwarded to ” the Mayor and aldermen.”  Kouril Grieser has this to say about the person who leaked her prior email…

She doesn’t live in Newtonville or near any village center and may not realize the hardship that taking away our parking lot will have on Newtonville residents and business owners. Her intention was to undermine our efforts to resist the development plans. We told her how disappointed we were that anyone in Newton would do such a thing to their neighbors. The clear lesson here, for all of us, is DO NOT FORWARD. By all means, spread the word about what to do to help, but not by forwarding our specific instruction messages and names.

Previously: Here’s an earlier Kouril Grieser  email.







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