Both the Globe and Newton Patch take deep dives this morning into Newton Mayor Ruthanne Fuller’s efforts to take 17 acres of Webster Woods from Boston College by eminent domain.
The Globe’s John Hilliard revisits the decision to by then Mayor Setti Warren to pass up a chance to purchase the woods when Congregation Mishkan Tefila was first looking to sell it.
“We reached out to the city, but they didn’t show any interest,” said Steven Kaitz, one of three co-presidents of the congregation.
And Patch’s Jenna Fisher quotes Boston College spokesperson Jack Dunn who says that Fuller will pay at the ballot box…
“An eminent domain seizure is an extreme measure that will undermine confidence in the Mayor and the City of Newton in the eyes of all property owners. It is also an expensive proposition that will be borne by the taxpayers of Newton. Boston College is the largest employer in Newton and we have several thousand alumni and parents who live in the city and vote regularly in its elections. Their voices will be heard in opposing the Mayor’s decision.”