Business owners welcome Washington Street developments

Robert Korff’s Mark Development has expanded their Washington Street portfolio with a series of purchases that include the neighborhood’s post office branch, John Hilliard reports in the Globe and business owners are looking forward to improvements along the corridor.

Among the businesses there is Cook Newton, where Paul Turano, the restaurant’s executive chef and owner, said new development in Newtonville will be a great addition to the neighborhood. It will help

Commenter: I’m not sure why another West Newton restaurant is ‘necessary’

There’s been an interesting discussion on the NextDoor Newton app (registration required) about Mark Development’s proposal to renovate and expand the building 1314 Washington Street (site of the Santander Bank) to bring a new restaurant and three story office building to West Newton Square, starting with this comment….

I thought West Newton had a good amount and variety of eating places, so I’m not sure why this is necessary. Not sure where

This should be ‘one of Greater Boston’s best transit-oriented opportunities’

The Boston Globe’s Jon Chesto reports on the latest plans for the Riverside MBTA station

The new Riverside complex could be the biggest project Newton has seen in recent memory: a collection of several buildings that would include an office tower, a hotel, hundreds of apartments, and a Green Line garage. The developers are considering a direct highway connection to minimize the additional traffic on Grove Street, which passes by an elementary school and through two residential areas.

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