When I first wrote here about the proposed
There is a long-scheduled meeting for the community this Thursday, February 11, at 7pm in the Newton North High School cafeteria, sponsored by the Newtonville Area Council and the Ward 2 city councilors, for developer Robert Korff and/or his attorneys to present and answer questions. But I spent an hour Sunday knocking on doors on Washington Terrace to try to learn more, and found that most people I met knew nothing even about the project, let alone the Thursday meeting.
One couple had heard (but only two days earlier) that the Newtonville Post Office, the gas station, and the church around the corner on Lowell Ave (Elevation Chapel) were sold or under agreement with contingencies. (I can't confirm the corner gas station, whose owner wasn't talking, or the church, which was closed, but a Post Office employee said their building has been sold, and they only found out last week when inspectors came through.)
But people in five more apartments had heard nothing, These include a seven-year resident whose husband has to live within 15 miles of the Weston Fire Department, who was hoping to stay a little longer, until their daughter graduates from NNHS; a three-year resident with one kid each at Horace Mann, Day, and NNHS; another couple getting married -- three=year residents hoping to stay longer; and a couple from Ukraine who just moved in last fall.
Anyone concerned about the physical and financial impacts of development on this scale should attend the Thursday, February 11 meeting at Newton North High School, and continue to follow this issue. You may also want to sign up here for updates from Newton Villages Alliance (of which I'm a steering committee member), on this and other issues.
Mark Investment's website does not show any six-story buildings expect for one in Copley Square, so it's hard to visualize what they have planned for this stretch of Washington Street. We may find out on Thursday.