CPA Proposals & Projects

Webster & Cohen Conservation Areas

projects:

    contacts:


    300 Hammond Pond Parkway (Rear) / Webster Woods

    Off Hammond Pond Parkway, Chestnut Hill, MA Newton Centre, MA 02467; north of state Dept. of Conservation & Recreation Hammond Pond Reservation, abutting City of Newton Webster & Cohen Conservation Areas accessed from Warren & Elgin Streets, Newton Centre, MA 02459

    photos credit: Dan Brody, Newton Conservators
    (www.newtonconservators.org/websterphotos.htm)

    other online resources:

    goals:

    Protect the open space character of the rear portion of this property by acquiring either land or a conservation restriction. 

    funding:

     planning / pre-acquisition
     $100,000   CPA funds appropriated
     $5,000   City of Newton general fund budget contribution
     acquisition (tbd)

     

    Proposal Review & Appropriations

    21 June-3 July 2018 - pre-proposal for funding of professional services

    August - September 2018 - proposal for funding of professional services (including 2015 letters from the Conservation Commission and Board of Aldermen resolution)

    13 September 2018 - community letters received to date (not submitted by proposal sponsor)

    13 September 2018 - presentation to Newton CPC public hearing

    24 September 2018 - CPC funding recommendation

    15 October 2018 - City Council order (appropriation)

     

    Project Background & News

    1650s-1970s - Webster & Cohen Conservation Areas land use & ownership timeline 

    1874-1953 - Hammond Pond Parkway area maps; see 1917 map (also displayed below) for land then owned by Metropolitan District Commission (MDC) prior to construction of the Parkway

    August 1954 - 300 Hammond Pond Parkway sold by MDC to Congregation Mishkan Tefila (deed, restriction)

    October-November 2015 - support for open space preservation at 300 Hammond Pond Parkway:

    May 2016 - 300 Hammond Pond Parkway sold by Congregation Mishkan Tefila to Boston College (deed)

    August 2017 - appraisal of 300 Hammond Pond Parkway for the City of Newton

    March 2018 - Mayor's Advisory Panel for 300 Hammond Pond Parkway  

    July 2018 - map of trails on this parcel, from Newton's Geographic Information System


    Elgin Street Conservation Land

    190 Elgin Street, Newton Centre, MA 02459

    goals:

    Acquire as an addition to the Cohen Conservation Area 30,514 adjacent square feet in Newton Centre and expand existing conservation restriction to include the entire property.

    funding:

     $245,000 CPA funds appropriated (open space)
     $242,541  CPA funds spent (unspent balance returned)

     

    Proposal Review & Appropriations

    29 October 2002 - proposal

    30 April 2002 - appraisal, commissioned by property owner

    14 January 2003 - original conservation restriction & deed (site plan on final 2 pages)

    3 February 2003 - revised proposal

    11 February 2003 - independent appraisal, commissioned by CPC (long document, may load slowly)

    13 May 2003 - site plans

    7 April 2003 - CPC funding recommendation

    7 April 2003 - Board order (appropriation)

    Project News

    19 December 2001 - original conservation restriction

    23 December 2004 - amended conservation restriction (S. Middlesex Registry of Deeds, book 44360, pages 422 and 413)

    back to top