Riverside Special Permit

The City Council has before it a request of BH Normandy Riverside LLC to rezone two parcels of land to Mixed Use 3 on Grove Street; to grant a Special Permit to construct a 10 building, mixed use, transit-oriented development of not more than 1,025,000 sq. ft.; and to amend the Zoning Ordinances allowed in the Mixed Use 3 Zones. 

The Land Use Committee will review the two docket items associated with the rezoning and Special Permit:

#26-20  Request to Rezone Approximately 4.4 acres to MU-3 to Create a Contiguous MU-3 Zone

MD 399 GROVE OWNER, LLC/RAMIREZ CONCORD, LLC/BH NORMANDY RIVERSIDE, LLC/MASSACHUSETTS BAY TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY petition for a change of zone to Mixed Use 3/Transit Oriented District for portions of land located at 355 Grove Street (currently zoned BU-2) and 399 Grove Street (currently zoned BU-5), also identified as Section 42, Block 11, Lots 3, 4, and 4A, abutting the existing MU-3 Zone.


#27-20  Petition to allow Mixed Use Transit Oriented Development at Riverside Station

MD 399 GROVE OWNER, LLC/RAMIREZ CONCORD, LLC/BH NORMANDY RIVERSIDE, LLC/MASSACHUSETTS BAY TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY petition for SPECIAL PERMIT/SITE PLAN APPROVAL to construct 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 as follows: as to dimensional standards, a development of more than 20,000 square feet of gross floor area, building height of up to 170 feet, buildings up to 11 stories, Floor Area Ratio of up to 2.5, beneficial open space of not less than 15%, increase of height of certain buildings with the Grove Street Area Corridor (to the extent necessary), and reduction in setback from Grove Street for certain buildings within the Grove Street Corridor Area (to the extent necessary); as to design standards, waiver of the sustainable development design standards and placement of a retaining wall greater than 4 feet in height located in a setback; as to uses, for-profit educational use, retail sales of over 5,000 square feet, restaurant with more than 5,000 square feet of gross floor area, personal service use of over 5,000 square feet, place of amusement, health club on ground floor, animal services, hotel, bank up to and over 5,000 square feet, theatre/hall, laboratory/research facility, parking facility, accessory, multi-level, parking facility, non-accessory, single level; as to parking, reduction of the residential parking requirement to 1.25 stalls per unit, reduction of the overall commercial parking requirement by 1/3, and waiver of parking stalls not to exceed 685 stalls, above and beyond the reductions specified above; as to parking facilities, waivers of the parking stall dimension requirements, the end stall maneuvering space requirements, the driveway entrance and exit requirements, the 5% interior landscaping requirements, the interior planting area requirements, the tree requirements, the bumper overhang requirements, the one-foot candle lighting requirement, the parking stall striping requirements (to the extent necessary), the curbing, wheel stop, guard rail, or bollard requirements, and the number of off-street loading facilities requirements; and as to signage, waiver of the number, size, type, location, and design requirements, all at 355 and 399 GROVE STREET on land known as Section 42, Block 11, Lots 3, 4 and 4A, containing approximately 13.05 acres of land in districts zoned Mixed Use 3 Transit Oriented (MU3), BU2 (a portion to be rezoned to MU3), BU5 (to be rezoned to MU3).  Ref: Sec.  4.2.2.B.1, 4.2.2.B.3, 4.2.3, 4.2.4, 4.2.4.A.4, 4.2.4.B.3, 4.2.4.G.2, 4.4.1, 5.1.4, 5.1.4.A, 5.1.4.C, 5.1.8.B.1, 5.1.8.B.2, 5.1.8.B.4, 5.1.8.B.6, 5.1.8.D.1, 5.1.8.D.2, 5.1.9.B.1, 5.1.9.B.2, 5.1.9.B.3, 5.1.9.B.4, 5.1.10.A.1, 5.1.10.B.3, 5.1.10.B.5, 5.1.12, 5.1.12.B.4, 5.1.13, 5.2, 5.2.13, 5.4.2.B, 5.12,  6.4.29.C.5, 7.3.3, 7.3.5, 7.4 of the City of Newton Revised Zoning Ordinance, 2017.  Additionally, as to infiltration and inflow mitigation, an abatement of the infiltration/inflow mitigation fee pursuant to Section 29-170 of the City of Newton Revised Zoning Ordinance, 2017.


Important documents related to this request:

Planning Department's Riverside Visioning Plan, Click HERE

Archived Files from the Special Permit for the Riverside MBTA area Approved by City Council in 2013, Click HERE

             Riverside Fly Through 01-2020


Planning Memos and Councilor Questions

01-28-20 Planning Memo

02-11-20 Planning Memo

02-21-20 Compiled PH III Memo Riverside#26-20 and #27-20

03-05-20 Planning Memo

03-24-20 Land Use Planning Memo #26-20/#27-20 - Riverside

Councilor Questions - Updated 03-10-20

03-20-20 Responses to Councilor Questions


Special Permit - Riverside 2020

3-D Model 12-03-19

Abutters List

Abutters Map

Architectural Plans 12-2019

Civil Plans 12-2019

Compiled Special Permit Binder

Design Guidelines 01-03-20

Environmental Memo 01-28-20

Existing Conditions

Site Plan Peer Review Comments

Environmental Report Peer Review

Fiscal Executive Report 12-2019

Fiscal Peer Review - Revised 02-21-20

Fiscal Impact - Peer Reviewer - 02-07-20

Fiscal Impact - Petitioner - 02-05-20

Fiscal Impact Report 12-2019

Interchange Modification Report 2019

Landscape Plans 12-2019

Lighting Plans 12-2019

03-18-20 Revised Sign Package

Planning and Development Board Vote

Road Safety Audit 10-28-19

Stormwater Report 12-2019

Response to Stormwater Peer Review 02-25-20

Sustainability Study 02-25-20

TIAS Appendix 12-2019

Transportation Impact and Access Study 12-2019

02-06-20 Transportation Memo

Transportation Peer Review 02-25-20

Petitioners Transportation Responses 02-21-20


Lower Falls Improvement Association Submissions

02-25-20 Analysis of Transportation Plans

01-31-20 Letter to Committee

01-13-20 Letter to Committee re Application


Special Permit - Riverside (2019)

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