City Council-palooza tonight

City Council-palooza tonight

The bleachers of torment (or as my chiropractor probably thinks of them; his daughter’s college fund) should be filled tonight as our city councilors are scheduled vote on two contentious items: the proposed mixed-use project at Washington Place and the...
Is a compromise possible at Washington Place?

Is a compromise possible at Washington Place?

Former Ward 2 At Large Alderman Marcia Johnson writes in a just-published TAB column….

Surprise! Within two short weeks of the Washington Place developer announcing he had lost faith in the city zoning and permitting process as a tool to create a thoughtful, mixed-use development on Washington Street, the neighbors are suddenly wringing their hands and trying to find a compromise.

Kouril Grieser: Apartments in the burbs are ‘reversing the American Dream’

Kouril Grieser: Apartments in the burbs are ‘reversing the American Dream’

 

I’m glad I wasn’t drinking a glass of milk this morning when I read Katheleen Kouril Grieser’s latest TAB column in opposition to the redevelopment of the Orr Block Building in Newtonville.

Because even in a year where political discourse has veered off into ugly directions, Kouril Grieser’s assertion that projects like the one businessman Robert Korff has proposed for the corner of Washington and Walnut Streets is “reversing the American Dream” is stunning.

If I understand Kouril Grieser’s position correctly (and, granted, she can be confusing) seniors, singles, young families, childless couples or anyone else who might believe an apartment in Newtonville close to transportation, a grocery store, a pharmacy, great restaurants, an arts center and other amenities would be a great place to live are — unbeknownst to them — “settling” for something less than the American Dream.

In addition, Kouril Grieser declares, those same misinformed apartment dwellers are ALSO “destroying the dreams of everyday Newton residents” who choose

Washington Place developer offers two design options

Washington Place developer offers two design options

Jonathan Dame reports for Wicked Local Newton.

The developer looking to rebuild the Orr block in Newtonville Tuesday night presented city councilors and the public with two new design options for its proposed mixed-use project.

The developer has a preference – and councilors appeared to have one, too – but Damien Chaviano of Mark Investment Inc. said his firm would be happy to build either.

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