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coUrbanizer via Text

What are your aspirations for the Riverside site?

My aspirations for the riverside site is that it's size and density is scaled to what matches the surrounding residential areas.

23 supporters

Given the highway, transit and potential commuter rail access, it would be unfortunate to limit the scale to the surrounding low-scale residential density. Newton has few places for substantial commercial... Read more...

3 supporters

Some people who are commenting may not live in Newton. and probably work fin real estate or for the developer. The project was approved in 2013 but the developer wanted the state to pay for the garage... Read more...

6 supporters

Ms. Finn - do you mean me? I suggest we all focus on the substance, rather than try to discredit others. I hardly think a mixed-use development at Riverside turns Newton into Cambridge or Boston. Our... Read more...

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Some of those towns do have large scale developments but they do not abut residential neighborhoods. And the commercial space in those towns have significant vacancies.

6 supporters

Infrastructure first! Embellishments later!

5 supporters

Yes, Waltham, Wellesley, Needham & Weston do all have large commercial developments along the highway. In all cases, the residential sections of the town ends where the commercial section begins, and there... Read more...

9 supporters

Hi folks who cares if other towns have developments, we are talking about Newton. As a resident of the Lower Falls village, I care what happens to it.

Comparing Newton to other towns along rte95/128... Read more...

6 supporters

Create a connection to the Auburndale commuter rail that could bring commuters to Kendall Sq. (the Indigo line).

22 supporters

Connection to Kendall Sq. will make Riverside more vibrant (and solve traffic congestion issues too). Globe article on 2/20/19 envisions an expanded Kendall Square "in different parts of the city and suburbs... Read more...

4 supporters

Totally agree! There is such an easy transit connection there that would make such a big difference in public transit accessibility and use.

2 supporters

Do you mean a bus line to Brandeis station in Waltham?

No, this is a rail line that would begin/end at Riverside and travel over existing rail ROW into Allston, possibly onto Kendall and North Station: https://www.bostonmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2014/01/MBTA.jpg

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The proposed Indigo line is different, but bus service to the Brandeis station on the Fitchburg line into Cambridge and North Station is an interesting idea. There is some spotty bus service from West... Read more...

There is a commuter rail line that goes from Brandeis to porter square. Parking at Brandeis costs $4/day and then CR cost but then you can walk to Harvard square or take the red line to Kendall. A long... Read more...

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Besides being right at the site, the Indigo line would have much more frequent service. That's a game changer.

The developer sees that potential and is one of those touting the possibility of a... Read more...

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We have to insist on more than a lovely visions for great public transport. The MBTA is broke. Funding -- by whomever -- needs to be committed to in advance of any massive construction project approvals.... Read more...

coUrbanizer via Text

What are your aspirations for the Riverside site?

My aspiration for the riverside site is that my special lower falls neighborhood is not destroyed by traffic. The exit off 95 in either direction should not turn into the same situation as exit 17 off... Read more...

22 supporters

What are your aspirations for the Riverside site?

I would like to see river access for the residents of the new apartments, and for residents of the existing neighborhood. Also, link it up to other river paths. People who live at the Comm Ave apartments,... Read more...

20 supporters

The river access borders the town of Weston too.

1 supporter

The whole community would benefit from developing trails along the Charles and access from Auburn and Charles Streets through to Riverside. A local group is already working on this.

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coUrbanizer via Text

What are your aspirations for the Riverside site?

I would like to see the proposed Riverside project at least halved in size and scope. In other words what was approved many years ago. That was quite big enough.

19 supporters

Exactly.

There's already an agreement, finalized in 2013, that determined that the right size for Riverside was 580,000 square feet, including nearly 300 hundred new housing units. EVERYONE AGREED... Read more...

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coUrbanizer via Text

What are your aspirations for the Riverside site?

New recreational connections ( to path on charles river to golf course to canoe rental etc) and new commuter connections (short walk to commuter rail stop in back)

19 supporters

It is very important to drive this green space initiative so that future generations have multiple transportation options other than driving

13 supporters

Future generations still want to drive and so do I.

2 supporters

The Developer proposed 15% green space which includes the river - not sufficient.

4 supporters

The river is already there. There should be 50% green space in the development. They want to cut down mature trees-I think not. Part of the land is in another town: Weston, MA.

1 supporter
coUrbanizer via Text

What are your aspirations for the Riverside site?

I am against any large development that changes the character or out Auburndale neighborhood. We don't need more traffic or congestion. I can imagine some kind of rehabilitation of the existing T station... Read more...

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coUrbanizer via Text

What are your aspirations for the Riverside site?

We need a Low impact community plan. No one in the community wants an oversized develop that just adds to the developers bottom line.

16 supporters
coUrbanizer via Text

What are your aspirations for the Riverside site?

The Framingham Worcester commuter rail connection to riverside as a transportation hub needs to be planned out before any mixed use development proposal at riverside is approved. Anything else is shortsighted.... Read more...

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The development of this site has been delayed more than a decade already. A mixed-use development here would put a proper urban rail connection fully onto the state's transportation agenda.

Really ....do you know when Riverside was first opened. Do you know what it was before it opened?

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Nope. Check out https://cdn.mbta.com/sites/default/files/projects/commuter-rail-vision/alternatives/alternatives-v3-revised-2019-03-12/railvision-alternative4-v3.pdf

1 supporter

What are your aspirations for the Riverside site?

Fully vet the impact to city services. Fire Dept, Police trash collection traffic and more. We are proposing 3 huge projects all at the same time. This will be a city people who want the "charm" will NOT... Read more...

15 supporters

That's right. The focus is often on schools and traffic. There are other significant infrastructure costs that residents will have to pay for, for decades into the future.

1 supporter

go check out Watertown..all these new apartments caused the town to increase taxes to pay for the additional services that were required to support them. A friend said that many of them are empty too.

1 supporter

What are your aspirations for the Riverside site?

My aspiration is that the development enhances existing neighborhoods and does not destroy them with traffic and congestion.

15 supporters
coUrbanizer via Text

What are your aspirations for the Riverside site?

Do not destroy the quality of life of the two nearby neighborhoods- with traffic and something that feels like it belongs at the Natick Mall and not here

15 supporters

Rehab the 2 bridges bike path/walkway to allow access into the site

14 supporters

Include the decrepit tunnel under the Commuter Rail tracks.

2 supporters

What are your aspirations for the Riverside site?

Riverside offers a once in a lifetime development opportunity. My aspiration is that the city and state governments will step up and commit to making it possible to create a development that won't overwhelm... Read more...

14 supporters

Please Newton, state, & MBTA officials do this the right way & the right size. I agree with the comment above.

3 supporters

What questions do you have about this project?

The presentation at city hall touted 'fixing' the Grove Street traffic problems as a major benefit. When I get off northbound 95 I simply take the off ramp, yield onto Grove and continue. The proposal... Read more...

13 supporters

agree with above - there is no grove street traffic problem. there is on washington street- they should fix that

3 supporters

Well I guess you do not live in Lower Falls. Grove Street is a 2 lane road, classified as a scenic roadway. The pavement going down to the Riverside is in sad shape with potholes and big holes. Over 15,000... Read more...

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