Austin Street


Mayor Warren's Statement and FAQs, October 29, 2015 (rev. 11-10-15)

Letter of Support for 28 Austin Street from the Economic Development Commission, October 2015
Newtonville Area Council Memo, October 23, 2015

- Parking During Construction,
Presentation November 10, 2015  and  Working Group Memo, October 2015. 

Austin Street Public Hearing Schedule

Land Use Committee Public Hearing
Public Hearing Memorandum, Continued, 11/10/15
Public Hearing Memorandum, Continued, 10/29/15
Public Hearing Memorandum ,6/9/15
Answers to Questions raised at the June Public Hearings, Part 1
Working Session Public Hearing Memorandum, 7/21/15
Public Hearing Memorandum, 9/24/15
Planning Department Presentation, 9/24/15
Public Hearing Memorandum, 10/6/15
City's Transportation Peer Reviewer's Presentation, 10/6/15
City's Presentation, 10/6/15
Applicant's Presentation 10/6/15

Overview: The idea for a mixed-use development on the Austin Street municipal parking lot emerged from the Newton’s Comprehensive Planning Process as a way to use underutilized City-owned land, create village housing and add vitality to the village center. The site is a 74,000 square foot lot, zoned Mixed Use 4.  The City issued a Request for Proposals to redevelop the site with a minimum of 18 housing units (25% of which must be affordable), a minimum of 5,000 square feet of commercial or nonresidential space at the street level, a minimum of 85 public parking spaces, and at least 5% of the site devoted to open space among other requirements.  On May 23, 2014 Mayor Warren announced the selection of Austin Street Partners to develop this site in partnership with the City.  The project requires special permits from the Board of Aldermen.  
After three community meetings held over the course of the last year, the City of Newton and Austin Street Partners have filed a request for special permit with the Board of Aldermen.  

The Applicant proposes to redevelop the existing municipal parking lot with a mixed-use residential building that includes 68 units of rental housing (25% of which will be deed restricted as affordable) approximately 5,000 square feet of ground-floor commercial space, 127 at-grade public parking spaces and 90 underground parking spaces for the residential units and retail employees.

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Special Permit Submission, May 12, 2015  - Plans

28 Austin Street Development Impact Analysis, September 2015, by RKG Associates, Inc.
Transportation Impact Study 
Transportation Impact Study-Appendix

Walnut Street Corridor Improvements:
Walnut Street Conceptual Plans 10/29/2015 presentation
Newtonville Square Conceptual Improvement Plan from WorldTech 10/22/2015

Austin Street Partners Website
Developer Presentation to Land Use Committee, 6/2/15
Developer Presentation to Urban Design Commission, 5/20/15
Developer Presentation to Newton Housing Partnership, 5/13/15
Austin Street Project Archives 

Board of Aldermen - Special Permits
Demographic Trends and Housing in the City of Newton
Special Permit Process Step-by-Step

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