Auburndale

About Auburndale

History

The Reverend Charles duMaresque Pigeon, grandson of an eighteenth-century local notable, is credited with being responsible for persuading the railroad to introduce a flag stop on its line two miles west of West Newton. This led to a flurry of real estate activity: there were three major sub-divisions in 1847 alone. Such were the beginnings of the village that became famous as the home of Norumbega Park and the Riverside Recreation Area on the Charles River. The number of clergymen living in the village in the early years prompted the light-hearted to call it "Saints Rest", but "Auburn Dale", attributed to the Reverend Pigeon, was in general use from the beginning. Development of the southern part of town was unaffected by the Boston and Worcester Railroad, and when the Charles River Railroad was built in 1852, carrying passengers was not its primary purpose. Only when the two railroads were joined to form the Circuit in 1886 did substantial growth take place there.

Economic Development

Auburndale has commercial, office, institutional, and industrial uses located along Commonwealth Avenue, Auburn Street, and Rowe Street, and is near Lasell College. The market area is primarily local, but some businesses attract from a wider area due to its proximity to the Massachusetts Turnpike and Route 128/I-95. Auburndale is home to an MBTA Commuter Rail Station, the Auburndale Historic District, and treasured community resources like the Auburndale Community Library.

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Resources

Auburndale Community Association - The Auburndale Community Association is a non-profit organization founded to promote Auburndale village in the city of Newton, MA. The ACA hosts the Rove the Cove 5k road/trail race.

Lasell Neighborhood Association - The Lasell Neighborhood Association was formed in October, 2000 by neighbors who wanted to have a voice in shaping development in our neighborhood, as well as a means for neighbors to socialize and get to know each other. The LNA serves as a liaison between the neighbors and Lasell College, meeting with College officials and relevant City periodically and as concerns arise.

Auburndale Local Historic District and Commission - With Lasell College and the historic Auburndale Congregational Church at the core, the historic district represents strong cohesiveness of domestic architecture dating to the late 1840s. The Commission holds regular public meetings.

Auburndale Village Parking PlanThe Auburndale Village Parking Plan was finalized by the Newton Traffic Council in April, 2014, and by the Board of Aldermen in June, 2014.  However, changes may continue to be made as needed through the Newton Traffic Council.  

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