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

04-03-20 Planning Memo

04-28-20 Planning Memo

05-01-20 Planning Memo

05-14-20 Planning Memo

05-26-20 Planning Memo

06-02-20 Planning Memo - #26-20/#27-20 - Riverside

06-05-20 Planning Memo

06-26-20 Planning Memo

07-28-20 Planning Memo

09-10-20 Planning Memo

09-25-20 Law Department Memo

09-25-20 Planning Memo


04-01-20 Responses to Councilor Questions

Responses to Councilor Questions 04-17-20

Responses to Councilor Questions 04-21-20

05-26-20 Responses to Councilor Questions

Councilor Questions 04-24 through 05-05

05-07-20 Councilor Greenberg Questions

05-09-20 Councilor Bowman Question

05-13-20 Councilor Markiewicz Question

05-18-20 Councilor Bowman Questions

05-18-20 Councilor Downs Question

05-21-20 Councilor Downs Questions

06-03-20 Councilor Gentile Questions 

06-18-20 Compiled Questions and Answers

07-07-20 Councilor Greenberg Question re Inclusionary Housing

07-13-20 Response to Councilor Greenberg Question re Inclusionary Housing

07-24-20 Councilor Markiewicz Email re Condition 12


Draft Council Orders

07-10-20 Law Memo re Draft Council Order

07-10-20 Draft Council Order - Clean

07-10-20 Draft Council Order - Word

07-10-20 Draft Council Order (Redline)


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

05-22-20 UDC Memo

Environmental Memo 01-28-20

Environmental Report Peer Review

Charles River Watershed Association (CWRA) Comments on Draft Environmental Impact Report 04-20-20

Existing Conditions

05-08-20 Preliminary Construction Management Plan Updated

06-15-20 Engineering Comments on Updated CMP

04-14-20 Revised Construction Management Plan with Redline

Site Plan Peer Review Comments

Inclusionary Housing Plan Updated 04-17-20

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

Fical Impact Report Updated 04-16-20

Interchange Modification Report 2019

Landscape Plans 12-2019

04-28-20 Peer Review Response re Site Landscaping

Lighting Plans 12-2019

03-18-20 Revised Sign Package

04-28-20 Revised Site Plans

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

Shared Parking Plan Updated 04-21-20

03-26-20 Draft Environmental Impact Report with Appendices

04-09-20 Program Change Analysis

04-09-20 Charles River Trail Package

05-11-20 Design Guidelines

05-27-20 MBTA Letter re Solar

05-27-20 Transit Capacity Evaluation

05-31-20 Mass DOT Letter

06-02-20 Letter to Chair re Grove Street Jurisdiction and Bike Lane

06-02-20 VHB Letter re Bike Lane

06-12-20 Cut Through Monitoring Memo with Attachments

06-12-20 Updated_Sustainability Study

06-18-20 Mounding Analysis Peer Review Memo

06-19-20 Response to Comments Charles River Watershed Association

06-19-20 Response to Woodland Golf Club Attachments

06-19-20 Riverside Offsite Conceptual Highway Design Plans

06-19-20 Water Resources Memo

06-22-20 Revised TDM Plan

06-25-20 Preliminary Construction Management Plan

07-10-20 128 Business Council Shuttle Analysis

07-13-20 Mass DOT Off-site Concept Plans

07-14-20 Compiled Plans

07-14-20 Landscape Plan 

07-14-20 Lighting Plan

07-14-20 Revised Building Program

07-15-20 Existing Conditions

07-2020 Revised Site Plans

Landscape Elements Phasing Plan

Comprehensive Sign Package

07-31-20 IHP Plans 

08-03-20 Inclusionary Housing Plan

08-04-20 Compiled Special Permit Binder

08-25-20 Revised Signage Plan

09-03-20 Petitioner Letter to the Chairman

 09-22-20 Off-Site Improvements

09-22-20 Revised TDM Plan

09-23-20 Landscape Elements Phasing Plan

09-23-20 Revised CMP

09-23-20 Revised Signage 


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

05-05-20 Ted Chapman Powerpoint re Bike Infrastructure

05-25-20 LFIA Letter to Committee

06-02-20 LFIA Letter to Committee

06-09-20 LFIA Letter to Committee

Special Permit - Riverside (2019)

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