What’s Up in Newton this Week – COVID-19 Makes it to Newton, Request to submit Countryside and Franklin SOPs to MSBA on Finance Agenda, Land Use to take up $1.1 million CPA request by Newton Housing Authority to acquire CAN-DO properties and parking waiver for 478 parking stalls in Newton Centre and request for extension of time to exercise Special Permit for Cypress Tree Management (retail marijuana sales and RMD Dispensary), continued discussion and review of West Newton Armory and more….

COVID-19 Virus Makes it to Newton: A Newton parent has been diagnosed “presumptive positive” for Coronavirus. The Superintendent informed NPS parents on Saturday in this letter. Official City information on COVID-19 can be found here.

Finance Committee to take up Submission for Countryside and Franklin Elementary Schools for MSBA Funding: The Finance Committee will discuss and vote on a request to submit Statements of Interest to the Mass School Building Authority (“MSBA”) for funding for replacement, renovation or addition of Countryside Elementary School as the highest priority and Franklin Elementary School as the second highest priority schools. See Finance Committee agenda here.

Busy Land Use Agenda this week: A request for $1,105,000 of Community Preservation Act funds to be used to fund the acquisition of CAN-DO affordable housing portfolio, a request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval for a restaurant with more than 50 seats and to waive 478 parking spaces in Newton Centre, and a request for an extension of time to exercise an approved special permit/site plan approval for a retail and medical marijuana dispensary are all on the Land Use agenda this week.

West Newton Armory continues to be reviewed: The West Newton Armory Joint Advisory Planning Group will meet this week to further review potential of reuse of the Armory building. The agenda can be found here.

Weekly Road Construction Update: This Week’s Road Construction Schedule can be found here.