While Newton debate the Northland Needham Street development culminating into a vote on Super Tuesday (March 3, 2020) Wellesley is well on its way to approve a redevelopment of the Wellesley Office Park where Route 9 and 95 intersects on the Newton border.
This very large project is sited on the sliver of land between the Charles River and Rt 95, just over the Wellesley border from Newton, alongside Route 9. The project is planned for 550-600 residential units, 650k sq ft office space, 11.5 sq ft of retail and a 150 room hotel. What makes the site especially challenging is that all traffic to/from the site is via the one access point on the Rt 9 West entrance ramp
This will create additional traffic strain for both Newton Upper Falls, Waban and the Northland Needham Street Project. Both the Newton Planning Department and the Waban Area Council have voiced their concerns. Is this good or bad for Newton?
Here’s what the Newton Planning Dept had to say about it: