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Traffic
We understand there are concerns related to traffic. Of the following four intersections, which one do you feel is in the most need of improvement? See responses

What other questions or suggestions do you have about this proposed project?

As a minimum, reduce the project by one floor level and provide a generous landscaped setback along Crest Road. So far, the design is far too urban in character for suburban Wellesley. Even the name is... Read more...

Hi Tom, thank you for your feedback. We are taking the concerns regarding the massing and landscape of the project to heart as we continue our design process. Your suggestion to increase the set-back along... Read more...

The businesses along the west side of Crest road are only 1 story above street level. Don't urbanize the town of Wellesley.

Thank you again for your feedback. We will continue to think thoughtfully about scale, massing, and set-backs along Crest Road.

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Wellesley is bisected west east by a railroad with limited road crossing points.Wellesley Square sits between two of the points ( Crest rd bridge and Weston Rd. Bridge ).Traffic headed north: south and... Read more...

Thank you for your comment, Judith. Traffic within and surrounding Wellesley Square is challenging. Through traffic mitigation efforts along roadways and the specific location of the development next to... Read more...

My point is that you can explore traffic mitigation ideas til the cows come home - the railroad IS a key piece of the problem : dividing the town as it does. Even if in the future Boston converts this... Read more...

We agree with you, Judith. The geography of this area does not help road conditions. It is our hope to address these issues during our current design process and we continue to welcome additional suggestions... Read more...

Judith above had one supporter. I agreed with her so I cricked the support button and her one became zero??? Was this vote hacked by the Russia?

Hi, coUrbanize Support here. You may have clicked the support button multiple times (especially if you are sharing the account). It looks like things have been sorted out, since both of Judith's comments... Read more...

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What other questions or suggestions do you have about this proposed project?

This is an opportunity to make a zero net energy building with many planet friendly features to complement this commuter location. Looking to seeing your ideas Trinity. You can lead the way in sustainable... Read more...

Thank you, Phyllis, for your comment. As the design of the project continues to develop, we want to look closely at concepts to make the project more sustainable and welcome ideas on how to accomplish... Read more...

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What other questions or suggestions do you have about this proposed project?

Please include safety improvements for people walking and biking to the the train and to this site.

Hi Allison, thank you for your response. As part of our design process for enhancing access to the train platform, we will work to create a safe experience for pedestrians and cyclists to navigate to the... Read more...

For traffic management, please consider working with the Town to support a pedestrian/bicycle bridge over the railroad tracks behind the Bank of America on Linden Street that would connect Linden and Washington... Read more...

Thank you for the suggestion, Ellen. The idea of an additional crossing has been recommended in several meetings we’ve had previously, and we continue to look at the concept as we refine the design of... Read more...

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What other questions or suggestions do you have about this proposed project?

My son William grew up in Wellesley and is 24. He now lives in an accessible and affordable condo in Wellesley Center that he was able to purchase though a state housing lottery. He has 2 part-time jobs... Read more...

Hi Liz, thank you for your comment. One of our goals for this project is to enhance and improve accessibility to the transit platforms so we more than welcome your and Williams’ suggestions regarding this... Read more...

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What other questions or suggestions do you have about this proposed project?

Bike parking spaces and better designed bike lanes in/out out of Wellesley Square. Cut down on car traffic with greener options.

Hi Erin, thank you for your suggestion. Once the design has been updated, we welcome your, and others, guidance on where the most appropriate locations for bicycle parking spaces and lanes should be to... Read more...

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A dedicated arts space is proposed as part of the project. Which of the following elements are you most excited about?

Art Gallery

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I am glad to be able to communicate some of my thoughts on the Wellesley Square development plan. I understand the need for affordable housing and thing the idea of a black box theatre is terrific! I,... Read more...

Hi Leslie, thank you for your thoughts. We too share your excitement about the arts component of the project and believe that it will provide a great cultural space within Wellesley Square. We also understand... Read more...

Leslie and others. It is important to know that this project IS NOT AN AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROJECT.

Leslie and others. It is important to know that this project IS NOT AN AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROJECT.

To further elaborate on Lisa’s point, affordable housing is one of several components of our initial proposal that is looking to create a mixed-income, mixed-use development. Diversity of housing, parking,... Read more...

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What other questions or suggestions do you have about this proposed project?

The footprint of the proposed project is massive. It's too big for this space. Further, the design shown does not look like Wellesley. Very Concerned about this - traffic, access to the train, parking..on... Read more...

Thank you for your feedback, MB. Scale and design are concerns that we continue to hear about from the community. It is our hope that the updated design will address these areas positively and lead to... Read more...

I also am opposed to the project in the current proposal. It is WAY too massive for this location. Then density, height and footprint may be optimal for the developer, but dwarfs the surroundings and overpowers... Read more...

Thank you for your feedback about the proposal, Cynthia. As we continue to finalize our updated design, we hope to address some of the challenges around the project including the concerns that you have... Read more...

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What other questions or suggestions do you have about this proposed project?

1. Living directly across the street from the project, we are not happy about the idea of using the roof top space for parties. This is a quiet neighborhood. It is not Cambridge or Brookline. People may... Read more...

Hi Raymond and Carol, thank you for your response. We understand your concern regarding noise and will work to ensure that the development is managed in an orderly manner. Regarding parking during construction,... Read more...

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What other questions or suggestions do you have about this proposed project?

Part of the traffic problems in Wellesley are due to lack of traffic flow. Several simple changes on existing streets would help improve traffic flow: 1. Addition of right turn only lane on Linden street... Read more...

Hi Dave, thank you for these suggestions. We agree that the vehicular circulation near these parking lots presents a large challenge that we hope our development can help residents to fix. Our traffic... Read more...

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What other questions or suggestions do you have about this proposed project?

An idea to free up to 40-60 parking spots in Wellesley Square: Make the parking lot at the electrical substation (Weston Rd at Linden St.) larger (footprint already there) and offer employees for Wellesley... Read more...

Thanks Dave, this is an idea that we will discuss as we look to navigate the parking challenges within Wellesley Square and seek possible alternatives for our current proposed parking.

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A dedicated arts space is proposed as part of the project. Which of the following elements are you most excited about?

200-Seat Black Box Theater Space

This would be so wonderful for families, retirees, art and theatre lovers, and all the great businesses we have downtown. It would also provide a nice option for folks looking to downsize, but stay in... Read more...

Hi Michael, thank you for your feedback. We believe that the art gallery/theater component of the project is an exciting concept that will draw more people to Wellesley Square, compliment the current businesses,... Read more...

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We understand there are concerns related to traffic. Of the following four intersections, which one do you feel is in the most need of improvement?

C. Central St at Crest Rd/Railroad Ave

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A dedicated arts space is proposed as part of the project. Which of the following elements are you most excited about?

200-Seat Black Box Theater Space

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Wellesley Square Redevelopment Project

Wellesley, MA
A proposed mixed-use project that will bring housing, parking, and a visual/performing arts space to the heart of Wellesley Square.
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