Watertown Updating Plans to Deal With & Reduce Impact of Natural Disasters

Flood waters went above the sidewalk at Arlington and Mt. Auburn streets during a heavy rain storm in 2014. The storm also cause flooding of homes in spots in Watertown. Watertown officials have been working on not just preparing to react to but also to reduce the impact of natural disasters that could befall the town. Watertown created a Hazard Mitigation Plan in 2012, and not is in the process of updating it.

Zoning Board to Hear Appeal on Southside Property with Large Garage

Neighbors on the back side of 73-75 Morse Street worry that having a two story garage right near their property line will hurt the value of their homes. The Watertown Zoning Board of Appeals will hear the appeal of neighbors about the two-story garage that is being built on Morse Street on the Southside of Watertown. The latest ZBA agenda includes the 73-75 Morse St. case. On Feb.

Four Watertown Properties Sold This Week

A quartet of Watertown properties sold this week. $510,000 – 25 Sparkill St., 6 room, 4 bedroom, 1 full bathroom, Cape single-family home

$601,765 – 11 Lexington St. Unit 11, 9 room, 4 bedroom, 2 full bathroom, 2/3 Family condo/townhouse

Sponsored by:

$560,000 – 238 North Beacon St., 8 room, 4 bedroom, 1 full bathroom, Colonial single-family home

$425,000 – 35 Morton St. Unit 35, 5 room, 2 bedroom, 1 full bathroom, 2/3 Family condo/townhouse

Latest NewRep Play, ‘Heartland’ Starts This Weekend

The latest NewRep Theatre production, Heartland, begins this weekend at the Mosesian Center for the Arts with pay-what-you-can previews on Saturday and Sunday. The play will be held in the Black Box Theater from Jan. 12 to Feb. 9 at the Mosesian Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown. NewRep describes Heartland:

When Afghan refugee Nazrullah shows up on the doorstep of retired professor Dr. Harold Banks claiming to have known his adopted daughter Getee, the two become unlikely roommates and friends. Getee and Nazrullah’s relationship unfolds in a series of dramatized memories that reveal their uniquely human journey while stunning us with a new understanding of America’s tragic impact on Jihadism in Afghanistan.

More Than a Dozen Open Houses in Watertown This Week

See all the properties in town hosting open houses this week. $749,000 – 125 Coolidge Ave. Unit 204, 4 room, 2 bed, 2 bath garden condo, Handicap Access/Equipped, Open House: Saturday 12-1:30

$495,000 – 164 Galen Unit 61, 4 room, 2 bed, 1 bath mid-rise condo, Open Houses: Saturday 1-2:30 Sunday 11-12:30

$629,000 – 11 James St. Unit 11, 7 room, 3 bed, 2.5 bath townhouse, Open Houses: Saturday 2-3:30 Sunday 11:30-1

$850,000 – 486 Belmont St., 10 room, 4 bed, 3 bath colonial, Open Houses: Saturday 12-1:30 Sunday 11:30-1

$699,000 – 92 Beechwood Ave. Unit 1, 5 room, 2 bedroom, 2 full bathroom, 2/3 Family condo/townhouse, Open Houses: Saturday 1-3 Sunday 12-1:30

$809,000 – 30 Winsor Ave., 6 room, 3 bedroom, 1 full & 2 half bathroom, Colonial single-family home, Open Houses: Saturday 2-4 Sunday 2-4

Sponsored by:

$599,900 – 12 Vivian Dr. Unit 12, 9 room, 4 bedroom, 2 full & 1 half bathroom, 2/3 Family condo/townhouse, Open House: Saturday 12-1

$1,099,900 – 12 Vivian Dr., 2 unit, 15 total room, 7 total bedroom, 2 Family – 2 Units Up/Down multi-family home, Open House: Saturday 12-1

$999,500 – 29 Birch Road, 2 unit, 10 total room, 6 total bedroom, 2 Family multi-family home, Open House: Sunday 1:30-3

$449,900 – 4 Repton Cir.

Town Council Seeks to Have Town Move to 100% Renewable Energy

Watertown Town Hall

In a move to respond to climate change, the Town Council voted to create a Climate and Energy Master Plan, and get the town to 100 percent renewable energy in the coming decades. A proposal for the Climate and Energy Master Plan was presented to a joint subcommittee at meetings in October and December by the Watertown Environment & Energy Efficiency Committee (also called W3EC). It seeks to prepare Watertown for the changing weather conditions, and take steps to reduce the town’s impact on climate change. The proposal states, in part:

“It is clear from projections that Watertown as a community will be increasingly affected by climate change. Significant impacts to daily life in Watertown are to be expected.