Watertown Firefighters Getting Second Set of Gear to Improve Safety, Ladder Truck Approved

Watertown firefighters will get a second set of turnout gear to wear on shifts when they respond to a fire. The Fire Department will also be getting a new ladder truck. The Town Council approved a purchase that Watertown Fire Chief Bob Quinn hopes will keep members of the Fire Department healthy and safe. Tuesday night, the Council approved $176,000 to be spent on a second set of turnout gear for the Watertown Fire Department. “Cancer is a significant concern for firefighters, and by adding a second set of turnout gear it helps create a healthier, safer environment for members of the Watertown Fire Department,” Quinn said.

Partnership Between Town, Arsenal Yards to Renovate Town Park Over Before it Began

An overhead view of Arsenal Park. The long red building is the Arsenal Mall, and to the left is the Commander’s Mansion and the Arsenal on the Charles complex. A public-private partnership between the Town of Watertown and the developers of Arsenal Yards, which was to speed up renovation of part of Arsenal Park, has ended, Town Manager Michael Driscoll announced Tuesday night. A disagreement over a construction management fee that Boylston wanted to charge the Town to oversee the construction was the main sticking point, according to Driscoll, who read from a letter from the Town’s attorney Mark Reich of KP Law. “Of particular concern, and the primary impetus for this letter, is the insistence of Mr. (William) McQuillan that the Town pay Boylston Properties a 5 percent construction management fee as part of the proposed public-private partnership,” the letter reads.

New Rep Celebrating 35th Anniversary by Offering Watertown Residents Free Tickets

The New Repertory Theatre is celebrating its 35th anniversary in during its 2019-20 season, and the company invites Watertown residents to be part of the celebration. The season is also the first for New Rep’s Artistic Director Michael J. Bobbitt. “To celebrate New Rep’s 35th Anniversary Season, and to show our appreciation for the Watertown community, we are delighted to offer one free ticket to each Watertown resident for our 2019-2020 season!” Bobbitt said in the celebration announcement. This free ticket can be used at any of our productions between September and May.

Zoning Board Rejects Oakley Country Club’s Appeal on Wall

The Zoning Board of Appeals recently made its ruling on this wall that was constructed on the Oakley Country Club property near Oakley and Arden roads. The Watertown Zoning Board of Appeals rejected Oakley Country Club’s appeal to reverse a decision by the Zoning Enforcement Officer that a wall built by the club near a residential area violates the Town’s zoning rules. The 10 foot high wall stretches 175 feet along an area of the perimeter of the golf course, and stands over homes on Arden and Oakley roads. The Zoning Board heard not only from representatives of the Country Club, but also from neighbors who have complaints about the wall including that it has cause flooding in the area. In April, the Town’s Department of Community Development and Planning issued a stop work order for the project because it did not have a building permit.

Community Meeting Scheduled for Property Across from Town Hall

A residential building with a commercial space on the ground floor has been proposed for 166 Main St. Developers have submitted a proposal to turn a former convenience store into a five-story residential building with a commercial space on the ground floor. The project has been proposed for the property at 166 Main St., in Watertown Square. The property is across the street from Town Hall and used to be a Tedeschi Food Shop. A community meeting will be held to provide more information and allow residents to ask questions.

Space Still Available in the Watertown Citizen Police Academy

Watertown Police Station

The Watertown Citizen Police Academy begins soon and there are still spots available for interested residents. Find out more about the program below in the message from Watertown Police Chief Michael Lawn:

Once again this year, the Watertown Police Department will host the Citizen Police Academy, and residents are invited to register. The 2019 Citizen Police Academy will begin on Wednesday, Sept. 18, and will run one night a week for 10 weeks from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Applications must be received by Sept. 13, 2019.

Seven Watertown Properties Sold This Week

Several properties around Watertown were sold this week. $730,000 – 54-56 Gilbert St., 2 unit, 10 total room, 4 total bedroom, 2 Family multi-family home

$369,000 – 5 Repton Cir. Unit 5405, 2 room, 1 bedroom, 1 full bathroom, Mid-Rise condo/townhouse

$670,000 – 23 Boyd Unit 2, 6 room, 3 bedroom, 2 full bathroom, Half-Duplex condo/townhouse

$539,000 – 50 Evans St. Unit 50, 6 room, 2 bedroom, 1 full bathroom, 2/3 Family condo/townhouse

Sponsored by:

$1,475,000 – 116 Irving St., 3 unit, 12 total room, 5 total bedroom, 3 Family multi-family home

$517,000 – 229 Watertown St. Unit 2, 5 room, 3 bedroom, 2 full bathroom, Townhouse condo/townhouse

$745,000 – 169 Worcester St., 8 room, 3 bedroom, 1 full & 1 half bathroom, Colonial single-family home