Waban Area Council
April 11 2019
Waban Library Center 7:30pm
WAC Members Present: Kathryn Winters, Bob Jampol, Chris Pitts, Rena Getz, Patrick Maher, Isabelle Albeck, Dinah Bodkin
Members of the Community Present: Peter Cox, Stuart Ezorlin, Bill Humphrey, Tim Hathaway, Susan Forrow, Andrea Robinson, Linda Segal, John Mordes, Qing Shi, Barbara Kgzaas
Issues from the Community 24 unit condominium proposed at 20 Kinmoth Rd (site of former Waban Health Center) by developer Northern Lights. Plans are to keep current footprint but add one floor. Will have underground parking, one space per unit. There seems to be no opposition among neighbors, current building is not historical and can be torn down. Northern Lights will come to WAC and present at a future date.
Zoning Redesign Update. Date for new draft ordinance extended to end of 2020. Robert Korff has filed for special permit for Mixed Use Development in the neighborhood of The Barn. Riverside and Northland Developments are focus of Planning and Zoning right now. Projections for school enrollment predict that new real estate developments will not significantly increase the number of students in Newton Public Schools. Demographic study report can be read here http://www.newtonma.gov/civicax/filebank/documents/96266.
Tot Lot Proposal Resident Kate Nyquist proposed constructing a play structure where a traffic island is created between two sections of Waban Ave and Alban Rd. Maps and diagrams were handed out to all attendees. Stephanie Lapham at Parks and Recreation had kindly notified the abutters. Kate wishes not to have to drive her kids to a playground, and a number of her neighbors feel the same way. With the help of Stephanie, they found a small play structure that was presented to the group. Kate plans to raise funds for the structure, and ancillary expenses. Some attendees were opposed. A hand vote was taken 7 in favor, 4 opposed. It was proposed that all the abutters vote on the proposal (could be done by email). There was a definite lack of clarity on the process. KW proposed to put the project on WAC website, clarify the process* and notify abutters.
March Minutes and Treasurer’s Report Approved
Waban Village Day WAC members asked to sign up for time slots. Newton Piano Summit moved to Auburndale Parish, 64 Hancock St. All upcoming events will be included in blast email sent out by CP.
Announcements as in Agenda.
Meeting adjourned 9:08pm.
Respectfully submitted by
April 22 2019
*After tonight’s meeting, KW inquired, and was informed by John Rice that the project will in all likelihood require approval of Dept of Parks and Recreation. More information on the process will follow.