OrrBuildingAs Jonathan Dame of the Newton Tab says“It’s official: a developer has asked the City Council for permission to replace a string of historic buildings in the heart of Newtonville with a 171-unit, mixed-use complex five stories tall.”

The project is going to require two different votes from the City Council, one for a zoning change and one for a parking waiver – and that will require a 2/3’s vote.

So if you’re a betting man/woman take your shot at handicapping this one.

On the plus side, the developer has already backed off a bit and reduced the plan by a floor.  On the negative side, Newtonville has just finished up a battle over Austin St and here comes a project significantly bigger.

What odds do you give for this project getting eventual approval at City Hall?

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