The other shoe drops ….

The mayor’s office has just sent out an invitation (below) to a public Open House to learn about Northland Development’s plans for its very large parcel of property in Upper Falls.  It’s been clear to Upper Falls folks for some time that some big plan would eventually be forthcoming for this property.   In the past year a number of large industrial buildings on the site have been razed.  One of them in fact collapsed after the record snow two winters ago. It’s too bad too, I had plans for that building.

The property extends from the Upper Falls Greenway to Needham St in one direction and contains most of the property between Oak St and Tower Rd in the other direction, including the Marshalls plaza.  At the moment nearly the entire end of the property facing the Upper Falls Greenway and the Upper Falls neighborhood is a pretty sad looking demolition site.  With a bit of imagination, development of this site could be a big improvement.  As always, the devil’s in the details so I’m looking forward to hearing all those details.

This is the second big development project in the vicinity.  Construction of the Newton Nexus project further down Needham St is already well under way at the moment.

Newton Mayor Setti Warren Invites You to Learn About Exciting New Concept Enhancing the N2 District and Linking to the Upper Falls Neighborhood

Newton, MA –Mayor Setti Warren, Northland Investment Corporation, and the City of Newton Planning Department will present a vision for the redevelopment of Northland’s parcels in the N2 Innovation District. The first phase in a detailed planning process that will require extensive community input, the presentation will include concept plans for effectively integrating housing, retail, and office space. The team will also discuss community focused benefits, including enhanced open spaces, connections to the Upper Falls Greenway and improved street level experience.   

A Community Open House event in the evening will offer residents an opportunity to interact with developers and City representatives to learn more about the concepts, the public engagement process and next steps.

What: Presentation and Open House for Northland Development Project

When: November 2nd, Presentation – 11:00am-noon, Open House, 7:00-9:00pm

Where: Marshall’s Plaza, Needham St. and Oak St., Newton, MA

Please RSVP here:


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