133 Boston Post Road

Weston, MA
A development collaboration between Boston Properties and the Town of Weston to solve the 40B challenge.
Developer
Phase
Community Review
affordable housing
25% of Units, 80% AMI
office
Expansion
residential

What type of project is this?

BP is working collaboratively with Weston residents and town leaders to create a development that the Town will support. This is not a "hostile" 40B.


What is Weston’s 40B challenge?

Weston is currently below the state’s 10% affordable housing inventory minimum, leaving it susceptible to "unfriendly" 40B developers that can avoid zoning laws when proposing projects. For more information from the Town, visit Understanding 40B.


How does the 133 Boston Post Rd project provide a long-term solution to 40B challenge?

This project will give Weston “Safe Harbor” status by surpassing the 10% minimum, all in one project. If approved, the Town will no longer be subject to unfriendly 40Bs.


Will this project have rental units or condominiums?

BP is proposing to build entirely rental apartments.


How will this project be delivered?

The housing will be delivered in two phases, with expected construction and delivery of units expected to take approximately 5 years after Town approvals.


What will neighbors be able to see?

Residents and town leaders have asked BP to minimize visual impacts as much as possible. BP has been able to use the site's 25' minimum setbacks, and the 125' setbacks along parts of Duck Pond, to position the proposed development deep into the property. Existing tree cover along the site's perimeter is proposed to remain, with additional new trees planted along Duck Pond. BP is continuing to work with the Planning Board to investigate how the buildings can be reshaped to further reduce visual impacts. Please refer to the Visual Impact Studies for further information.


What is the impact on Duck Pond and the Environment?

Duck Pond and the associated wetlands are town resources that need to be protected. Accordingly, BP is respecting all setbacks on the site, including the 125' setback from Duck Pond so these areas will not be harmed. The project layout confines construction to existing parking lots, mowed grass areas, and previously disturbed quarry land. In addition, BP has worked with the Conservation Commission to create large re-vegetation areas on the property with native trees plant species, and pollinator plants.


What is the project’s potential impact on school enrollment?

BP has submitted a Fiscal Impact Report to help the Town plan for and understand the possible numbers of new students that would come with the Residential component of the project. The report was developed with input from the Town's school and other committees, and uses data from comparable developments in other towns to help forecast school and other town services impacts. Please refer to the report for further information.


What is the project’s potential impact on traffic?

BP recognizes and sees traffic in Weston as an important issue that this project can help mitigate. The project benefits from its immediate proximity to Route 117, Route 20, and I-95, which keeps the majority of traffic away from the Town's center. Responding to feedback from residents and town leadership, BP has adjusted residential access to come from Jones Road in Waltham, and BP has proposed a series of traffic mitigation measures at various intersections to help address traffic congestion on Weston's roads. Please refer to the traffic study here for further information.