LETTER: Resident Writes in Favor of Taller Building at Arsenal Yards

Editor:
We read Jon Bockian’s letter in the Watertown News and want to take exception to several of his comments as he doesn’t speak for ALL Watertown residents. First and foremost, the proposed changes Boylston Properties is making to the Building G plan are very beneficial to the overall development, increasing open space and providing better access to the Park.  
Mr. Bockian further states that one option Boylston has is to reduce the footprint and keep the height at 130 feet. He knows that this is impossible as Boylston was very clear that reducing the footprint in exchange for height needs to be done for economic reasons, they need to build 188,000 SF. Mr. Bockian also avoids speaking in terms of affordable housing, which would be severely impacted by the overall reduction in SF and thus unit count. Losing affordable units should not be an option.

Watertown’s Field Hockey Success Continues at Bay State Games

Watertown field hockey players continued their success over the summer at the Bay State Games, held over the weekend. 

The Raiders had players on the Gold Medal winning Metro/Northeast field hockey team, and Watertown won the High School Division 6v6 tournament at the Bay State Games. Watertown’s Catherine Connors, Ally Kennedy, Aurise Tattrie, and Ashley Shaughnessy played for the Metro/Northeast team. Over the three days of the tournament, Kennedy scored five goals and had two assists (including one in the 3-2 win over Coastal in the Gold Medal game), Connors had a goal and Tattrie had an assist. The members of the Watertown’s Bay State Games 6v6 Gold Medal winning team were: Connors, Tattrie, Kennedy, Gabby Venezia, Olivia Lampasona, Emily Campbell, Shannon Hughes and Elaine Andrade.

‘Mapplethorpe’ Movie, Produced by Eliza & Nate Dushku, Picked up by Studio

The biopic on controversial photographer Robert Mapplethorpe being produced, in part, by Watertown’s Eliza and Nate Dushku has been picked up by a studio and will be released later this year. 

The North American rights to “Mapplethorpe” has been secured by Samuel Goldwyn Films, according to a report in Variety. The movie stars Matt Smith, known for his roles on “Dr. Who” and Netflix’s “The Crown,” and it is directed by Odi Timoner. Timoner is also a producer, along with Richard J. Bosner. Samuel Goldwyn Films seeks to release the movie in the fall, according to Deadline Hollywood. The film premiered  at the Tribeca Film Festival in April.

Two Watertown Home Sales This Week

A couple Watertown properties sold this week, see more here. $994,000 – 444 Mount Auburn St. Unit 6, 6 room, 2 bedroom, 2 full & 2 half bathroom, Townhouse condo/townhouse

$430,000 – 19 Homer St. U:19, 7 room, 3 bedroom, 2 full bathroom, Townhouse condo/townhouse

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Several Hundred Riders Try Out New Bike Share Program in Watertown

Since the new bike share program came to town, sevearl hundred local cyclists have taken a ride on the bright green bikes. During the 13 days since the launch of the Lime Bike program, 1,374 rides have been made by 825 riders in Watertown, according to Transportation Planner Laura Wiener. The average trip is not long: less than a mile (.8 miles), and lasts 19 minutes. Lime Bikes operate a bit differently from the BlueBikes (formerly Hubway) in Boston, where riders pick up and leave bikes in docking stations. Lime Bike riders use the company’s smartphone app, which allows riders to locate a bicycle, unlock it and go for a ride.

Many, Many Open Houses to Choose from in Watertown This Week

The Watertown real estate market has come alive this weekend with more than 30 open houses. $499,000 – 51 Harnden Ave. Unit 1, 2 room, 2 bed, 1 bath detached, Open House: Sunday 12-2

$450,000 – 35 Purvis St., 6 room, 3 bed, 2 bath bungalow, Open House: Sunday 12-1:30

$750,000 – 181-183 Fayette St., 2 unit, 9 total room, 4 total bedroom 2 family, Open House: Sunday 11-12:30

$799,000 – 63 Highland Ave. Unit 63, 7 room, 3 bed, 3.5 bath townhouse, Open Houses: Saturday 1-2:30 Sunday 11-12:30

$799,000 – 61 Highland Ave. Unit 61, 7 room, 3 bed, 3.5 bath townhouse, Open Houses: Saturday 1-2:30 Sunday 11-12:30

$395,000 – 1 Pierce Road Unit 1, 5 room, 2 bed, 1 bath townhouse, Open Houses: Saturday 11:30-1 Sunday 2-3:30

$765,000 – 13 Hazel St.

Mt. Auburn Street Project Inches Forward, Concern About Parking for Businesses

The renovation of Mt. Auburn Street, including the “road diet,” took a small step forward Tuesday night when the Town Council gave a preliminary nod for the first set of designs in a long process before the $14 million project becomes a reality. The plans given a tentative OK by the Council include the Complete Streets plan to reduce the number of lanes for motor vehicles from two in each direction to one, and adding left turn lanes at many intersections, and bike lanes along the entire length from Patten Street to the Cambridge line. Parking for Businesses
Conditions were placed on the approval after Councilors received more than 80 emails over the weekend from concerned customers of Pet Haven Animal Hospital. The plan had called for removal of on-street parking in the “T” intersection on Mt.