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What’s Up This Week in Newton? Number of Reported Covid-19 cases increase in Newton, Request for $250,000 for Emergency Operations – Supplies “should the need arise”, Zoning and Planning Committee to discuss Open Space and Recreation Plan and Zoning Redesign, and Union Twist – Retail Marijuana and Riverside on Land Use Agenda.

COVID-19 Cases in Newton: According to the City’s website, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases is 14 as of March 20, 2020. The United Way of Mass Bay and Merrimack Valley and the City of Newton have created a fund – Newton COVID-19 Care Fund to help families and individuals who have been financially impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic. Go here for more information and to donate.

$250,000 Request for COVID-19 Emergency Operations and Supplies – TONIGHT – The Finance Committee will discuss and vote on a request to transfer $250,000 from June 30th, 2019 Certified Free Cash to an Emergency Operations and Supplies Account ” for the purpose of being prepared to act, should the need arise.” The agenda can be found here.

The Open Space and Recreation Plan and Zoning Redesign are on TONIGHT’s Zoning and Planning Committee’s Agenda.

Retail Marijuana and Riverside Mixed-Use Development on Tuesday’s Land Use Committee Agenda. The Land Use Committee will discuss and review a proposed retail marijuana shop to be located at 1158 Beacon Street, Union Twist. In addition, the Land Use Committee, focusing on Design Guidelines and project updates, will also take up the proposed Riverside Change of Zone and Special Permit/Site Plan Approval request. Responses to previously submitted Councilor questions can be found here.

City Council Meetings – Week of March 22nd

Zoning and Planning Committee: The Zoning and Planning Committee will meet Virtually ( To view this meeting, use this link at the above date and time: https://zoom.us/j/484531654) on Monday, March 23rd at 7:00 p.m. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request discussion of the 2020-2027 Open Space and Recreation Plan, a letter stating that the Zoning and Planning Committee reviewed the Plan, and adoption of the plan as an amendment to the 2007 Comprehensive Plan – Chair’s Note: This item will be taken up in order to outline the process for review and adoption of the Open Space and Recreation Plan, and to set a public hearing. The first draft is being completed pursuant to significant public input and is to be available for review by March 23 – See Planning Memo
  • Request for a review, discussion, and direction relative to the draft Zoning Ordinance – – See Planning Memo
  • Request for an amendment to Chapter 30 of Newton’s Zoning Ordinance, section 3.4.4 on garages (delayed implementation until July 1). This ordinance has been delayed five times
  • Request for a review of the zoning requirements for single-family attached dwelling units
  • Request to amend Chapter of the Revised City of Newton Ordinances to eliminate mandated parking minimums to improve the vitality of local businesses, reduce the cost of housing, and support the climate action goals – Chair’s Note: Items in italic will be taken up within the context of zoning redesign and specifically as it relates to Article 3.

Finance Committee: The Finance Committee will meet (Virtually – To view this meeting use this link at the above date and time: https://zoom.us/j/698611335) on Monday, March 23rd at 7:00 p.m. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request to accept and expend an $8,500 grant from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) for marketing and technical advice for a “Heat Smart” program
  • Request to accept and expend a $250,000 MassDot Workforce Transportation grant for a new technology-enabled ride-share shuttle for Newton’s thriving Wells Avenue innovation district and the new UMass Amherst Mount Ida campus
  • Request to accept and expend a $15,000 grant from the Executive Office of Elder Affairs to provide financial assistance for qualified seniors in the City of Newton to receive the services of Newton at Home Inc.
  • Request to appropriate and expend $7,000,000 and authorize a general obligation borrowing of an equal amount for the estimated design and construction costs associated with Water Main Improvements in FY2021 and authorization to apply any premium received upon the sale of the bonds or notes, less the cost of preparing, issuing, and marketing them, and any accrued interest received upon the delivery of the bonds or notes to the costs of the project and to reduce the amount authorized to be borrowed for the project by like amount
  • Request for $1,105,000 in CPA funding be awarded to the Newton Housing Authority for the acquisition of the CAN-DO Housing Portfolio
  • Request to transfer $60,000 from Current Year Budget Reserve to a non-lapsing Public Buildings Department account for the evaluation and recommendations for the upgrade of the Police Headquarters HVAC System
  • Request to appropriate $500,000 from the June 30th, 2019 Certified Free Cash for the purpose of providing interior and exterior improvements at the Horace Mann School at 225 Nevada Street
  • Request to transfer $250,000 from the June 30th, 2019 Certified Free Cash to Acct #0121030-543500 Emergency Operations-Supplies account for the purpose of being prepared to act, should the need arise
  • Request to accept $270,000 of lighting equipment as well as authorization to accept more funds to be expended on the installation of a field light system for the Newton South High School Winkler Stadium Field which is on Newton Parks and Recreation property. The funds are being donated by the Newton South High School Booster Club
  • Request to transfer $650,000 from the June 30th, 2019 Certified Free Cash to the Newton Public Schools for the purpose of reimbursing Newton Public Schools for one-time costs associated with several projects that were necessary to accomplish the move of the Horace Mann Elementary School community to the former Carr School on Nevada Street
  • Request to approve the settlement of Workers’ Compensation Claim #003554 in the amount of $62,500. The funds will be appropriated from Acct# 67A109A-515201- Municipal Workers’ Compensation – A motion to go into Executive Session may be entertained.

Land Use Committee: The Land Use Committee will meet on Tuesday, March 24th (Virtually – To view this meeting using Zoom use this link: https://zoom.us/j/789503846) at 7:00 p.m. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow a retail marijuana establishment, to waive the minimum driveway width for two-way traffic, to waive perimeter screening requirements and to waive lighting requirements at 1158 Beacon Street – Union Twist
  • Request for a Change of Zone and a Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval for a mixed-use, transit-oriented development of residential units, office, retail, personal services, restaurant, hotel, and related commercial uses not to exceed 1,025,000 square feet of gross floor area, with residential uses comprising not less than 60% of the total gross floor area with a residential density of not less than 800 square feet per unit with not less than 560 units nor more than 620 units with special permit relief and/or waivers…at the Riverside MBTA station. – NOTE: The presentation and discussion will be focused on Design Guidelines and project updates. – See Planning Memo and Responses to Councilor Questions

Traffic Council to Meet on Thursday, March 26th

The Traffic Council will meet (Virtually – To view this meeting use this link at the above date and time: https://zoom.us/j/295270496) on Thursday, March 26th at 7:00 p.m. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request a “No Parking” restriction on Phillip Bram Way, both sides, entire length
  • Request for stop signs at the following intersections…. before (north of) Commonwealth Avenue to enhance pedestrian and bike safety on the Commonwealth Avenue Carriage Way
    • Wauwinet Road, southbound, at Commonwealth Avenue, South Drive
    • Prince Street, southbound, at Commonwealth Avenue, South Drive
    • Bristol Road, southbound, at Commonwealth Avenue, South Drive
    • Dartmouth Street, southbound, at Commonwealth Avenue, South Drive
    • Exeter Street, southbound, at Commonwealth Avenue, South Drive
    • Temple Street, southbound, at Commonwealth Avenue, South Drive
    • Wimbledon Circle, southbound, at Commonwealth Avenue, South Drive
    • Chesterfield Road, southbound, at Commonwealth Avenue, South Drive
    • Oldham Road, southbound, at the intersection of Commonwealth Avenue, South Drive, Day Street, and Fuller Street
    • Windermere Road, southbound, at Commonwealth Avenue, South Drive
    • Central Street, southbound, at Commonwealth Avenue, South Drive
    • Rowe Street, southbound, at Commonwealth Avenue, South Drive
    • Islington Road, southbound, at Commonwealth Avenue, South Drive
  • Request to approve a stop sign on the Commonwealth Avenue carriageway at Dartmouth Street
  • Request to approve a stop sign on the Commonwealth Avenue carriageway at Bristol Road
  • Request to approve a stop sign at the Kenrick Terrace southbound approach to Kenrick Street
  • Request to remove the following stop sign from the Traffic and Parking Regulations (TPR): Hillside Road at Terrace Avenue, westbound. Note that there is no stop sign at this location in the field.
  • Request for a 3-way stop sign at Herrick Road and Chase Street to enhance safety.
  • Request that a stop sign be added into the Traffic and Parking Regulations (TPR) at the following location: Warren Street, westbound, at Glen Avenue. Note that a stop sign exists at that location and will not be removed.
  • Request that a stop sign be removed from the Traffic and Parking Regulations (TPR) at the following location: Church Street, 37 feet west of Oakland Street, eastbound. Note that a stop sign does not exist at that location and no change will occur.
  • Request that stop sign entries be modified in the Traffic and Parking Regulations (TPR) at two locations. Note that stop signs exist at both intersections, but on opposite approaches, and no change will occur in the field. This item fixes errors in the TPR. The locations include:
    • Brookside Avenue at Albemarle Road
    • Jewett Street at Boyd Street
  • Request that stop signs be added into the Traffic and Parking Regulations (TPR) at several locations. Note that stop signs at all of the following locations exist in the field and no change will occur. The locations include:
    • Albemarle Road southbound at Crafts Street
    • Beach Street, southbound, at Washington Street
    • Bellevue Street northbound at Newtonville Avenue
    • Cedar Street, southbound at Commonwealth Avenue main 2-way roadway
    • Chase Street westbound at Herrick Road
    • Collins Road westbound at Fenwick Road
    • Crescent Street northbound at Robinhood Street
    • Crosby Road northbound at Commonwealth Avenue
    • Davis Street westbound at Highland Street
    • Eddy Street southbound at Washington Street
    • Ellis Street northbound at the Route 9 eastbound ramp
    • Elm Street northbound and southbound at Webster Street

City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of March 22nd

Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission: The Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission will meet on Wednesday, March 25th – REMOTE MEETING – at 7:00 p.m. Instructions for REMOTE Meeting can be found on the agenda which includes the following:

  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness for approval of two repaved or resealed driveway areas and two installed cobblestone aprons (Violation) at 25 Nancy Road
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to replace windows at 25 Nancy Road
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to replace windows. Continuation at 36 Acacia Avenue
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to remove the downspout and leader box on the front of the right-side open porch and to keep the downspout and leader box on the back of the open porch (Violation) at 152 Suffolk Road
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to keep the fence sections between 100 Suffolk Road and driveway area which replaced a similar fence (Violation) at 152 Suffolk Road
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to keep the single-bay garage balustrade and fascia as-built (Violation) at 152 Suffolk Road
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to install a black aluminum handrail on the right-side terrace steps leading to the open porch at 152 Suffolk Road
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to finalize details for octagonal porch roof and roofline and the new windows on the angled wall, and to remove the previously approved gutters and downspouts at 521 Hammond Street
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to replace the door at the new left-side entry portico, to convert the left garage door to a window, to finalize details for the new window to the left of the entry porch, and to remove the previously approved entry porch gutters and downspouts at 521 Hammond Street
  • Request for feedback and working Session for feedback on project to install a driveway and two-car garage and 521 Hammond Street
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness and approval of work done to repair stucco, window trim, gutters, and shutters. Repaired areas will be painted to match the existing colors (Violation) at 20 Acacia Avenue
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness for approval of installed gravel path with cobblestone border and cobblestone driveway apron (Violation) at 8 Nancy Road
  • Reapplication for a Certificate of Appropriateness to grant a new Certificate of Appropriateness for the project approved in 2015 to apply stone veneer to the front elevation of the house and garage. The Certificate of Appropriateness has expired at 8 Nancy Road

The Packet Documents can be found here.

Youth Commission: The Youth Commission will meet on Wednesday, March 25th – REMOTE MEETING – at 5:00 p.m. Instruction for REMOTE Meeting cam be found on the agenda which includes the following:

  • Attendance – Check – in
  • Discuss meetings with Guidance Departments and Administration
  • HGSE Project Updates
  • Other – Plans for Further Meetings

Zoning Board of Appeals: The Zoning Board of Appeals will meet (Virtually – To Join the Zoom Meeting click here: https://zoom.us/j/8429428454) on Wednesday, March 25th at 7:00 p.m. The agenda includes the following:

  • Appeal of a Notice of Zoning Violation on the existence of illegal apartments at 129 Grassmere Street

Newton Historical Commission: The Newton Historical Commission will meet (Virtually – To Join the Zoom Meeting click here: https://zoom.us/j/8429428454) on Thursday, March 26th at 7:00 p.m. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request to review local landmark report for 1253 Washington Street (National Register) WILL NOT BE HEARD
  • Request to renew a Certificate of Appropriateness for 31 Greenwood Street, LL
  • Two Full Demolition Requests
    • Request to demolish buildings at 9 Inish Circle
    • Request to demolish buildings at 67-69 Ripley Street
  • Five Waiver Requests
    • Request to waive demolition delay at 227 Cherry Street
    • Request to waive demolition delay at 15 Sharon Avenue
    • Request to waive demolition delay at 56 Pratt Drive
    • Request to waive demolition delay at 40-42 Athelstane Road
    • Request to waive demolition delay at 58-60 Allison Road
  • Request for Partial Demolition to remove the roof, side, rear, and alter the front facade at 19 Garland Road
  • Request for a Waiver Amendment at 66 Hartman Road

The Staff Memo can be found here and the Packet Documents can be found here.

Development Review Team Meetings – Week of March 22nd

The following potential projects/proposals will meet virtually with the Development Review Team this week:

  • 41 Washington Street – Addition to two-family dwelling with possible accessory apartment
  • Oak Hill Middle School (130 Wheeler Road) – Proposed three classroom addition
  • Newton Golf Course (212 Kenrick Street) – Discussion re: golf course facilities

The Development Review Team Snapshot can be found here.

What’s Happening in Newton this Week – Almost everything closed – except Supermarkets, Pharmacies, and Food Establishments – take-out and delivery only and any public gathering place with more than 25 people; City Council meeting and School Committee Meetings go virtual, City Board and Commission Meetings still on schedule (Parks and Rec will definitely be call-in – not sure about other Board and Commission meetings), ASCEND (retail marijuana establishment) and 478 space parking waiver gets approved by Land Use Committee and more…..

Governor closes MA schools, gatherings of more than 25 people and dine-in restaurant and bars: According to the Boston.com: The Governor just announced that “schools in Massachusetts will close for at least three weeks, and all gatherings of more than 25 people will be banned in the latest attempt to arrest the spread of the coronavirus, Gov. Charlie Baker announced Sunday.

The governor also ordered all dine-in restaurants and bars to close for a month. Take-away and delivery services won’t be affected by the rules, nor will grocery stores or pharmacies.”

This comes after the City of Newton made the decision to close our public schools on March 12th:

Dear NPS Families,


For the past two weeks, we have been working closely with the Newton Department of  Health and Human Services to reduce the community spread of COVID-19. We have received many emails from concerned families and understand that this is a stressful and unsettling time.
Given the rising number of COVID-19 cases in our region, coupled with new guidance from the Governor, the state, infectious disease experts, and our local health partners, we have made the difficult decision to close the Newton Public Schools beginning tomorrow, Friday, March 13. There will be no school tomorrow, next week and possibly for a longer period. 

David Fleishman March 12th Letter to Parents

City Council and School Committee Meetings Go Virtual: Yup – The Governor also issued an Executive Order suspending certain provisions of the Open Meeting Law. According to the Mass Municipal Association:

” The order relieves public bodies from the requirement in the open meeting law that meetings be conducted in a public place that is open and physically accessible to the public, provided that the public body makes provision to ensure public access to the deliberations of the public body through adequate, alternative means.

In addition, all members of a public body may participate in a meeting remotely, the AG’s office states. The open meeting law’s requirement that a quorum of the body and the chair be physically present at the meeting location is suspended.


All other provisions of the open meeting law, such as the requirements regarding posting notice of meetings and creating and maintaining accurate meeting minutes, as well as the limited, enumerated purposes for holding an executive session, remain in effect. “

https://www.mma.org/gov-signs-order-suspending-parts-of-open-meeting-law-to-enable-local-decision-making-during-covid-19-emergency/

So far, the Parks and Rec Commission (See agenda is the only Board or Commission that has posted it will have a call-in option. Check the City’s website to see if more up-to-date info will be available. (NOTE: Just received the Mayor’s newsletter suggesting that all Board and Commission meetings will also go virtual. As of this time, there is no Zoom or call-in numbers listed on the agendas of the Boards and Commission on the Electronic Posting Board. Please continue to check the City’s website for more updated information).

In the meantime, everyone, please stay safe, wash your hands frequently and don’t touch your face, and please practice and make your children practice safe social distancing. We need to do our part to flatten the curb and help keep everyone as safe as possible.

Land Use Committee approved ASCEND Retail Marijuana dispensary and a waiver of 478 parking spaces in Newton Centre: The request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow a retail marijuana shop to be located at 58 Cross Street/1089 Washington Street (at the old Beacon Hill Sports Club location) has been approved by the Land Use Committee and is before the City Council TONIGHT for approval. See Land Use Committee Report here and Draft Council Order here. The Land Use Committee also voted to approve a request to waive 478 parking spaces in Newton Centre and is also before the City Council TONIGHT. The Land Use Committee Report can be found here, and the Draft Council Order can be found here.

Finance Committee approves ordinance amendments for enforcement and fines for sidewalk obstruction: The Finance Committee voted to approve amendments that would allow the Public Works Department to send out a written warning and after 30 days there will be $50 per day fine. Sidewalk obstructions include your bushes which block passage to all or a portion of the sidewalk. See Finance Committee Report here.

Concerned about Facial Recognition Surveillance? The Public Safety and Transportation Committee will hold a virtual meeting this Wednesday and will have a discussion with a representative from the ACLU regarding the current policy environment on facial surveillance technologies. See Public Safety and Transportation Committee Agenda here.

Weekly Road Construction Schedule now available: The Weekly Road Construction Schedule can be found here.

Important Info regarding COVID-19

Folks, this is serious. The World Health Organization (“WHO”) declared novel COVID-19 – Coronavirus a pandemic. The President of the United States declared a National Emergency. The Governor ordered school closings throughout the state for the next 3 weeks, banned public gatherings of more than 25 people, and prohibited dine-in at restaurants and bars – allowing only take-out and delivery services.

A local physician drafted a letter and a Do’s and Don’ts Document to send to our civic leaders urging more definitive action now to protect the health of our community.  With the physician’s permission, I am publishing here and her collaborator’s work. Please, please, please, heed their advice.

See Text of Letter to the Mayor here and Do’s and Don’t’s here.

Here are some additional links to stay up-to-date on the Coronavirus:

CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

Mass.gov: https://www.mass.gov/resource/information-on-the-outbreak-of-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19

City of Newton: http://www.newtonma.gov/gov/health_n_human_services/public/covid_19.asp

City Council Committee Meetings – Week of March 15th

Public Safety and Transportation Committee: The Public Safety and Transportation Committee will hold a virtual meeting on Monday, March 16th at 6:00 p.m. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a discussion with a representative of the ACLU of Massachusetts regarding the current policy environment on facial surveillance technologies
  • Request for a discussion with the Police Department and Traffic Engineers to discuss multiple crossings around the Memorial Spaulding School

Programs and Services Committee: The Programs and Services Committee will hold a virtual meeting on Wednesday, March 18th at 7:00 p.m. The agenda includes the following:

  • Appointment of Julie Winsett to the Urban Tree Commission
  • Appointment of Murali Vemula to the Health and Human Services Advisory Committee
  • Appointments to the Newton Community Education Commission
    • Silka Rothschild
    • John Oliver
  • Request to accept $270,000 of lighting equipment as well as authorization to accept more funds to be expended on the installation of a field light system for the Newton South High School Winkler Stadium Field which is on Newton Parks and Recreation property. The funds are being donated by the Newton South High School Booster Club.
  • Request to authorize remote participation for City Council meetings
  • Request a discussion with the Department of Senior Services regarding outreach and services to the growing number of Newton residents who are 85 and older yet living alone. (Discussion should focus on the City’s efforts to provide a program; whether through current programs or proposed alternatives).
  • Requesting to transfer $250,000 from June 30, 2019 Certified Free Cash to Acct #0121030‐543500 Emergency Operations‐Supplies account for the purpose of being prepared to act, should the need arise

Public Facilities Committee: The Public Facilities Committee will hold a virtual meeting on Wednesday, March 18th at 7:00 p.m. The agenda includes the following:

  • 5 Public Hearings Requesting Grant of Location
    • to relocate one pole to the southerly side of Farquhar Road in front of #20 Harvard Street
    • to relocate one pole approximately 30’ south of the existing pole location in front of #34 Duffield Road
    • to install approximately conduit in a westerly direction from existing manhole 16/314A to a proposed hand hole between building 721‐719 Washington Street
    • to install conduit in a westerly direction from existing manhole 16/211 to the alley of the Post Office at 897 Washington Street to provide FIOS
    • to install conduit from existing manhole 211 in a southeasterly direction to existing pole 94 located in the sidewalk on the southerly side of Washington Street
  • Request to accept $270,000 of lighting equipment as well as authorization to accept more funds to be expended on the installation of a field light system for the Newton South High School Winkler Stadium Field which is on Newton Parks and Recreation property. The funds are being donated by the Newton South High School Booster Club.
  • Request to transfer $60,000 from Current Year Budget Reserve to a non‐lapsing Public Buildings Department account for the evaluation and recommendations for the upgrade of the Police Headquarters HVAC System.
  • Request to appropriate $500,000 from June 30, 2019 Certified Free Cash for the purpose of providing interior and exterior improvements at the Horace Mann School at 225 Nevada Street.
  • Request to transfer $650,000 from June 30, 2019 Certified Free Cash to the Newton Public Schools for the purpose of reimbursing Newton Public Schools for one‐ time costs associated with several projects that were necessary to accomplish the movement of the Horace Mann Elementary School community to the former Carr School on Nevada Street.
  • Request to appropriate and expend $7,000,000 and authorize a general obligation borrowing of an equal amount for the estimated design and construction costs associated with Water Main Improvements in FY2021 and authorization to apply any premium received upon the sale of the bonds or notes, less the cost of preparing, issuing, and marketing them, and any accrued interest received upon the delivery of the bonds or notes to the costs of the project and to reduce the amount authorized to be borrowed for the project by like amount.
  • Request to accept 40 linear feet of sewer pipe as a public sewer and the acceptance of a 20’ x 40’ easement in property known as the Farwell Street Subdivision. The developer shall pay all costs associated with the construction of the sewer pipe and the direct connection to the MWRA trunk interceptor sewer line.

City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of March 15th – Please check City Website for information regarding virtual or call-in meetings

Parks and Recreation Commission: The Parks and Recreation Commission will meet on Monday, March 16th at 7:00 p.m. Room (?) The agenda lists a number to call-in (maybe Zoom?) and includes the following:

  • Approval of February 24th Meeting Minutes
  • Commissioner’s Reports on Programs, Forestry, and Maintenance
  • Caribbean Festival
  • Nonantum Village Day
  • Feast of the Falls
  • Committee Reports
    • Community Preservation Committee
    • Open Space and Recreation Plan Committee
    • Farm Commission
    • Off-Leash Area Working Group
    • Crystal Lake Working Group
    • Athletic Fields Committee
  • New Business

Washington Place Liaison Committee: The Washington Place Liaison Committee will meet on Monday, March 16th at 6:00 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda will focus on a Construction Update.

Board of License Commissioners: The Board of License Commissioner will meet on Tuesday, March 17th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • Approval of February 25th Minutes
  • 2 Requests for Annual Seasonal Permits:
    • Sterling Golf (Restaurant Wine and Malt) – 212 Kendrick Street
    • Newton Yacht Club (All Alcohol) – 12 Nonantum Road
  • 2 Requests for One Day Temporary Wine and Malt Licenses:
    • Newton Open Studios – Friday, April 3rd, 5-9 p.m. – estimated attendance – 30
    • Art with a Twist – Friday, May 1st, 6-9 p.m. – estimated attendance – 10
  • 2 Requests for a One Day Temporary Wine and Malt and Entertainment License
    • Boxing exhibition dinner on Saturday, April 18th, 6-11 p.m. to be held at the John M. Barry Newton Boys and Girls Club, 675 Watertown Street, estimated attendance – 350
    • Party and Silent Auction – Saturday, May 2nd, 7-11 p.m., Cabot School, 229 Cabot Street – estimated attendance – 120-140
  • Request for Change of Hours from Sunday through Saturday – 6:00 AM – 11:00 PM to Sunday 6:00 AM – 7:30 PM, and Monday through Saturday 5:00 AM – 8:30 PM to be exercised at Starbucks Coffee, 244 Needham Street
  • Request for New Common Victualler License to be exercised by Cacao Newton, 23 Lincoln Street. The hours of operation will be Sunday from 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM and Monday through Saturday from 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM. There will be 12 seats
  • Request for a New Common Victualler and Entertainment License to be exercised at Caffe Nero, 28 Austin Street. The hours of operation will be Sunday through Saturday from 5:30 AM – 9:00 PM. There will be 86 seats.
  • Request to Change Location of an All Alcohol Package Store License from 241 Needham Street to 447 Centre Street to be exercised by PDJ Ventures, LLC d/b/a Newton Warehouse Wine & Spirits.
  • Request for an All Alcohol License, New Common Victualler, and an Annual Entertainment Licenses to be exercised by Fuji at WP, LLC d/b/a Fuji at WP, 239-243 Walnut Street, Newtonville, MA 02481. The manager will be Peter Tse. There will be 122 seats. The hours of operation will be Sunday through Saturday from 11:00AM – 1:00AM.

Newton Housing Partnership: The Newton Housing Partnership will meet on Tuesday, March 17th at 6:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Review and Approval of February 18th Meeting Summary
  • Riverside Project
    • Discussion
    • Vote
  • Project Updates
    • Northland
    • West Newton Armory
    • 40 Projects
      • Dunstan East
      • 15 Riverdale Avenue
  • Newton Housing Partnership Project Review Criteria
    • Discussion
  • Newton Housing Partnership 2020 Priorities
    • Discussion
  • Upcoming Meetings
    • April 21, 2020 Meeting, 6:00 p.m. Room 211

Zoning Board of Appeals: The Zoning Board of Appeals will meet on Tuesday, March 17th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber. The agenda includes the following:

  • Public Hearing on a Request for a Chapter 40B Comprehensive Permit authorizing the applicant to construct a 244-unit residential development, which will include 61 affordable housing units and approximately 12,141 square feet of retail space, and to maintain an approximately 8,222 square foot existing office building, all on approximately 3.17 acres of land located in the Business 2 Zoning District at 1149, 1151, 1169, 1171-1173, 1179 and 1185 Washington Street, 12, 18, 24 and 25 Kempton Place, and 32 and 34 Dunstan Street – Dunstan East – See Planning Memo; See Packet 1 here and Packet 2 here.

Board of Assessors: The Board of Assessors will meet on Wednesday, March 18th at 9:00 a.m. in Room 108. The agenda includes the following:

  • Approval of February 2019 (2020?) Exemption and Abatement Reports

Design Review Committee: The Design Review Committee will meet on Wednesday, March 18th at 6:00 p.m. in Room 111 at the Ed Center, 100 Walnut Street. The agenda includes the following:

  • Update – Oak Hill Classroom Addition project
  • Newton Early Childhood Program – (“NECP”) – Vote to approve drawings for bidding

Youth Commission: The Youth Commission will meet on Wednesday, March 18th at 5:00 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Attendance – Check-in
  • Meetings with Guidance and Administration – re: Next Steps
  • Harvard Grad Research Projects – Updates
  • Other

Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission: The Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission will meet on Thursday, March 19th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • 6 Requests for Certificate of Appropriateness:
    • Request to install a hot tub on the rear deck and to change the support structure of the deck at 96 Suffolk Road
    • Request to install a generator in a below-grade pit covered with a metal grate at 45 Old England Road
    • Request to change the previously approved retaining wall along driveway. The Commission approved a concrete wall with a parged finish, footing and stone cap. Proposed is an “ideal” Concrete Block product wall with a three-inch stone cap at 45 Old England Road
    • Request to replace windows at 36 Acacia Avenue
    • Request to replace the front entry walk and front gate; to remove the privet hedge, raised timber garden beds, mesh fence and posts; to build a fieldstone wall with piers and a garden area with brick paths and stone dust paving borders with steel edging; and to install a new mesh fence with wood posts, a mesh gate, and stepping stones at 29 Lee Road
    • Request to remove the rear covered entry and three ganged windows. Build a new rear addition with stone entry stairs and landing, metal railings and light fixtures at 25 Acacia Avenue
    • Request for feedback on proposed two-level addition connecting the main house and garage, hardscaping and hot tub at 50 Beacon Street

Packet Documents and Staff Memo are not online at this time.