Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Two neighbors of the 192 Pleasant Street development write that the project will harm their neighborhood.
Tuesday, January 15
Dear Editor, I am writing in response to your story about the recent Planning Board meeting discussing the proposed development project at 192 Pleasant Street which ran in the Patch on January 14, 2013. I was surprised and disappointed to see that your article made no mention of the many, vocal residents who were at this meeting to oppose the project in its current form. Your article leaves the reader with the false sense that residents have only cosmetic concerns about the building. On the contrary, after hearing arguments from both sides of this issue at the meeting, all present know that concerns were raised and continue to exist about crucial elements of the planned development, namely: Other concerns residents raised included the …
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Doing away with local housing boards is Gov. Patrick's idea for slashing public housing cost and corruption. Do you think that's a good idea?
[UPDATED: Jan. 10, 2013 at 7:38 p.m. The previous version incorrectly referenced the Watertown Housing Partnership.] The Watertown Housing Authority, one of 240 public housing authorities across Massachusetts, would all but vanish as part of a proposal from Gov. Deval Patrick to streamline public housing management operations. The purpose of local housing authorities is to manage and maintain subsidized housing and, often, to advocate for affordable housing for lower-income residents. The administration reportedly estimates the consolidation would save more than $10 million a year in salaries and administrative costs. According to the Boston Globe, while Gov. Patrick's proposal would centralize public housing management into six regional…
Thursday, October 25, 2012
The Watertown Planning Department hosts a workshop tonight to discuss people's vision for new housing in town.
Watertown has a number of old industrial properties either unused or underused, and one of the likely things to be put up on these parcels is housing, but what kind should be built? Tonight, the Watertown Planning Department, along with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) hosts a public forum on Housing Planning for Watertown at the Watertown Public Free Library. Officials will gather input from residents about what kind of housing they think the town needs. Recently, the town has had a number of apartment and condo buildings go up, particularly on Pleasant Street where Repton Place has been built as well as two smaller buildings closer to Watertown Square. Another apartment complex was approved this summer to go on Waltham …
Monday, October 22, 2012
Consultants hired by the town will talk with residents about the type of housing they would like to see built in Watertown.
The following information was provided by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council: Interested in learning more about community housing needs and a plan to address them? Join the Watertown Department of Community Development and Planning, Metro West Collaborative Development (MWCD) and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) for a public meeting on Thursday, Oct. 25, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Watertown Public Library. The meeting will bring together residents to learn about housing needs and housing demand in Watertown, and discuss housing assets, opportunities and challenges for moving forward with a housing production plan. Feedback gathered at the meeting will inform the development of strategies while recognizing and working to …
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Town officials are collecting data as part of a joint project with Belmont and Lexington about housing production.
You can help Watertown officials plan for future housing development in town as part of a joint project with Belmont and Lexington done with the non-profit group MetroWest Collaborative Development. Town officials seek town residents to participate in a housing development survey that will help create a "Housing Production Plan." The survey, which can be accessed here, asks about the types of housing people would like to see built in town, where it should be built, what kinds of features people would like to see with the developments (retail, offices, open space, etc.), and whether people believe housing is affordable in Watertown. Along with the survey, the Watertown Planning Department will hold a public forum on housing development on…