New Owners Look to Reinvigorate Local Dance Studio With Renovations

Fred Astaire Dance Studios of Belmont (FADS Belmont), located in Cushing Square for 15 years, was purchased recently by long-time ballroom dance student, Biotech Executive, and Belmont resident, Elizabeth Woo, according to an announcement from the studio. Ms. Woo and her husband have lived in Belmont for 20 years and have 2 sons. The business is operating in its original location (bottom floor, below Spirited Gourmet at 448 Common Street) for the next couple months until the second floor renovations are completed by Oteri Construction, Inc. – run by Ed and Jen Oteri of Watertown. “This is my opportunity to make a greater contribution to my community and hopefully enrich the lives of the students and staff with the joys of dancing,” said Elizabeth Woo. “I have a vision to build out a beautiful new dance space, retain the best teachers, and offer more fun classes and activities which will attract dancers from around the area.”
With her long-time student perspective, Ms. Woo is highly motivated to elevate the overall quality and experience of the dance lessons provided.

Mixed Use Condo and Retail Project on Mt. Auburn Street Gets Approved

A project that will build three stories of condos on top of a level of commercial or retail space got the approval of the Watertown Zoning Board of Appeals on Wednesday. 

The building at 33 Mt. Auburn Street will have 15 condos and 1,924 sq. ft. of commercial or retail space. It will go on the property near Watertown Square (across Taylor Street from the New Yorker Diner) that has been vacant for several years and was once the home of Port Oil.

Developers of Arsenal Yards Hosting 2 Community Meetings on Phase 4 of Project

Two Community Meetings have been scheduled to present to the public information about the latest phase of the redevelopment of the Arsenal Mall. 

Developers sent out the following annoucement:

Boylston Properties and The Wilder Companies are holding two identical Community Meetings to review Phase 4 of the Arsenal Yards master plan. The purpose of these meetings will be to present and discuss the final layout and design of Buildings C, D, & E.2, as well as to discuss the operation of the property during construction. The buildings will contain retail, dedicated residential parking below Building D and residential apartments. Discussion will include the massing of the Buildings. 1st Community Meeting will be held on Thursday April 12, 2018 from 6:30-8:00 p.m.
2nd Community Meeting will be held on Wednesday April 18, 2018 from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Both meetings will be held at the “Arsenal Yards Development Office” located within the Mall.

Two Open Houses to Visit Over the Weekend in Watertown

There are a pair of open houses in Watertown this weekend. $425,000 – 35 Pierce Road Unit 35, 5 room, 2 bed, 2 bath townhouse, Open Houses: Friday 11-12 Saturday 12-1:30 Sunday 11-12

$1,149,000 – 18-20 Beechwood Ave., 3 unit, 13 total room, 5 total bedroom, Open Houses: Friday 5-7 Saturday 1-3 Sunday 5-7

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Ink and Printing Company Opening Global Innovation Center in Watertown

Markem-Imaje announced it will be creating a new global innovation center in Watertown which will focus on industrial laser marking and printing products and have 40 employees. The company is a subsidiary of Dover Corp. and will be moving into the recently remodeled building at 65 Grove St., according to Assistant Town Manager Steve Magoon. The building was previously was home to GE Ionics. The company chose Watertown because of its close proximity to the top engineering talent in the universities and high-tech businesses in the Boston area, while still being close to another engineering hub – the New York metro area, and to the company’s United States headquarters in Keene, NH, according to an announcement about the move.

Project on Long Vacant Spot on Mt. Auburn St. Gets Nod from Planning Board

A proposal to build a condominium building on a vacant piece of land near Watertown Square got the recommendation of the Planning Board on Monday night. A similar project at 33 Mt. Auburn St. received approval from the Town in 2013 and building permits were issued, but the construction never started and the permits elapsed. The old project had 24 rental units and 1,979 sq.