For those who missed it — and for those who want to relive it again or show their floor speech to their mom — here’s the Dec. 2, 2019 Newton City Council meeting where both the unanimous vote to take Webster Woods and the 17-7 vote to approve the Northland project took place.
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 ts Fuller will
The Globe’s John Hilliard is reporting that Boston College opposes Mayor Ruthanne Fuller plan for Newton to acquire approximately 17 acres of Webster Woods through eminent domain
“We are disappointed that Mayor Fuller has made this unfortunate decision, which we intend to oppose to the fullest extent possible using all legal avenues,” BC spokesman Jack Dunn said.
In November 2018, Boston College filed plans with the City of Newton to construct the salt storage facility [on the rear parking lot of the land it owns in Webster Woods.] Neither the Newton Conservation Commission nor any other city department had the authority to prevent the construction of this facility. Construction began in February 2019, and was substantially complete by June.
This facility threatens Webster Woods because of the