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 1,520,000 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:

#140-19               Request to Rezone 4.5 acres to MU3
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 and 4.

#140-19(2)          Special Permit to allow Mixed Use 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 10 building, mixed use, transit-oriented development of not more than 1,520,000 sq. ft. and more than 20,000 sq. ft. of gross floor area including; up to 650,000 sq. ft. of office use, up to 750 residential units containing no more than 750,000 sq. ft., retail space of not more than 200,000 sq. ft., buildings up to 18-stories in height, building height of up to 230’, Floor Area Ratio up to 2.7, no more than 10% beneficial open space; to permit retail and personal establishments of more than 5,000 sq. ft., for-profit educational uses, restaurants with more than 50 seats, places of amusement, open air businesses, animal services, ground floor health club establishments, hotel, banks up to and over 5,000 square feet, theatre/hall, laboratory/research facility, multi-level accessory parking facility, multi-level non-accessory parking facility, single level accessory parking facility, single level non-accessory parking facility, reduction of the residential parking requirement to 1.25 stalls per unit, reduction of the overall commercial parking requirement by 1/3, a waiver of parking stalls not to exceed 750 stalls, waivers to parking facility design standards including:  stall dimensions, minimum depth for handicap parking stalls, maneuvering space for end stalls, dimensions for entrance and exit driveways, waiver of layout design to permit tandem parking stalls, waiver of 5% interior landscaping requirement, waiver of the interior planting area requirements, waiver of the tree requirements, waiver of the bumper overhang requirements, waiver of the one foot candle lighting, waiver of the parking stall striping requirement, waiver of the curbing, wheel stop, guard rail or bollard requirements, waiver of off-street loading facilities requirements, waiver of the number, size location or design requirements relative to signs at 355 and 399 GROVE STREET on land known as Section 42 Block 11 Lots 3 and 4, containing approximately 14.4 acres of land in a districts zoned Mixed Use 3 Transit Oriented (MU3), BU2 (a portion to be rezoned to MU3), BU5 (to be rezoned to MU3).  Ref: Sec. 7.3.3, 7.4, 4.2.2A.2, 4.2.2.B.1, 4.2.2.B.3, 4.2.2.B.3, 4.2.3, 4.2.4.A, 4.2.4.F.b, 4.2.4.F.1.b, 4.2.4.G, 4.2.4.G.1, 4.2.4.G.2, 4.2.4.G.3, 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, 5.1.8.E.1, 5.1.9.B, 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, 5.1.13, 5.2, 5.2.13, 5.4.2.B, of the City of Newton Revised Zoning Ord, 2017.  Subject to approval of proposed zoning ordinance amendments in Sections 4.2.3 and 4.2.4.

The Zoning and Planning Committee will review the two Zoning Amendment request:

#140-19(3)          Zoning amendments for Riverside project
RIVERSIDE STATION/355 GROVE STREET AND 399 GROVE STREET requesting amendments to Chapter 30, Newton Zoning Ordinance, in Sections 4.2.3 and 4.2.4 relative to the Mixed Use 3 District.

#187-19           Zoning amendment from Newton LFIA for Riverside Station
LOWER FALLS IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION RIVERSIDE COMMITTEE requesting to amend Chapter 30, City of Newton Zoning Ordinance, Sections 4.2 and 7.3.5 pertaining to the Mixed Use3/Transit-Oriented zoning district.

Public Hearings on all four items will be opened on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at 7:00 pm in the City Council Chamber

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

Project Description

Project Narrative

3D Model

3D Fly Through

Conceptual Presentation to the Land Use Committee March 14, 2019

Planning Department's Conceptual Review Memo dated March 8, 2019

Petitioner's Presentation to the Land Use Committee on March 14, 2019

LFIA Presentation to the Land Use Committee dated March 14, 2019

Interchange Access Modifications presentation dated March 14, 2019

First Meeting and the Opening of the Public Hearings will be on Tuesday, June 4, 2019.

Land Use Committee Public Hearing Notice for June 4, 2019

Zoning & Planning Committee Public Hearing Notice for June 4, 2019

Planning Department Memo for June 4, 2019

Lower Falls Improvement Association Report on its requested Zoning Amendments

Special Permit - Riverside

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