The latest plans by developers of Arsenal Yards to add biotech research and development space to the multi-use development have been put on hold by the Planning Board. Until now, the focus of the development has been creating new retail and residential space on the former Arsenal Mall property. Developers also have plans to renovate the historic brick buildings on the site, including Building A (where Marshall’s is located). Wednesday night Boylston Properties presented a request to change the approved plans for Building A to allow biotech tenants on the second floor. Mark Deschenes of Boylston Properties said that plans changed since Phase 1 was approved by the Planning Board in May 2017.
The following announcement was provided by Belmont Savings Bank:
Belmont Savings Bank announced today it is sponsoring this year’s Watertown Concert Series on Aug. 2 and 16. This is the first year that the bank is sponsoring the program. Each program will take place at Saltonstall Park in Watertown, beginning at 6:30 pm. (The performances should conclude around 8 p.m.).
A trio of Watertown properties sold this week. $815,000 – 14-16 Irma Ave., 2 unit, 12 total room, 6 total bedroom, 2 Family multi-family home
$636,000 – 87 Watertown St. Unit 87, 7 room, 3 bedroom, 3 full bathroom, 2/3 Family condo/townhouse
$727,000 – 78 Putnam Unit 78, 7 room, 3 bedroom, 2 full bathroom, 2/3 Family condo/townhouse
Watertown homebuyers have plenty of options of properties to visit this weekend. $629,000 – 688 Belmont St. Unit 688, 6 room, 3 bed, 2.5 bath townhouse, Open Houses: Saturday 12-1:30 Sunday 12-1:30
$514,900 – 26 Dewey St. Unit 26, 6 room, 2 bed, 1 bath 2/3 family, Open Houses: Friday 5-6 Saturday 1-2:30 Sunday 1-2:30
$375,000 – 71 Jensen Road Unit 71, 4 room, 2 bed, 1 bath 2/3 family, Open Houses: Saturday 12-1:30 Sunday 12-1:30
$799,000 – 199 Coolidge Ave. Unit 106, 5 room, 2 bed, 2 bath mid-rise, Open House: Sunday 1-2:30
$849,000 – 303 A & B Mt.
A Watertown resident recently opened a new spin studio in Waltham called FireCycle. The following announcement was provided by Fire Cycle:
Last week, Watertown resident Lera Navickas, opened the doors of FireCycle Studio, a boutique spin studio located in neighboring Waltham. “The studio is beautiful, the staff members are friendly and the class was fun and motivating,” says a class attendee, “I can’t wait to go back!” At FireCycle studio, class attendees are greeted with complimentary towels (which you’ll need after a class in “the inferno,” what FireCycle calls their spin room.) The studio also has amenities like free locker storage, shower facilities, and spin shoe rentals. FireCycle offers two different classes — FireCycle and FireBeats.
Here are the six homes that sold this week in Watertown. $430,000 – 10 Williams St. Unit 25, 4 room, 2 bedroom, 1 full bathroom, Mid-Rise condo/townhouse
$670,000 – 40 Commonwealth Road Unit 1, 7 room, 3 bedroom, 1 full bathroom, 2/3 Family condo/townhouse
$870,000 – 129 Arsenal St., 3 unit, 13 total room, 5 total bedroom, 3 Family multi-family home
$650,080 – 64 Union St., 6 room, 3 bedroom, 1 full & 1 half bathroom, Gambrel /Dutch single-family home
$391,000 – 20 Riverside St. Unit 3-8, 4 room, 2 bedroom, 1 full bathroom, condo/townhouse
$475,000 – 10 Williams St. Unit 89, 5 room, 2 bedroom, 1 full bathroom, High-Rise condo/townhouse
The Watertown Department of Community Development and Planning sent out notice of the postponement of the proposed amendment to allow additional height in the Regional Mixed Use District. The amendment was submitted by Boylston Properties, the developer of Arsenal Yards. The following is the announcement from the Town:
The RMUD Zoning Amendment for height will not be heard at the Planning Board meeting on August 8. The petitioner has requested that the request be continued until September 12, 2018 Planning Board Hearing. Please spread the word that the request will not be discussed at the August meeting. Read more here:
Dozens of open houses around town to choose from this weekend. $949,900 – 50-52 Chapman St. Unit 52, 10 room, 5 bed, 3 bath townhouse, Open Houses: Friday 1-2 Saturday 12-1:30 Sunday 12-1:30
$899,900 – 50-52 Chapman Street Unit 50, 9 room, 4 bed, 3 bath 2/3 family, Open Houses: Friday 1-2 Saturday 12-1:30 Sunday 12-1:30
$559,000 – 26 Wilmot St., 7 room, 2 bed, 1.5 bath other, Open Houses: Saturday 12-1:30 Sunday 12-1:30
$539,000 – 97 Poplar Unit 97, 8 room, 3 bed, 1 bath 2/3 family, Open Houses: Saturday 12-2 Sunday 12-2
$849,000 – 199 Coolidge Ave. Unit 105, 5 room, 2 bed, 2.5 bath high-rise, Open Houses: Saturday 11-1 Sunday 11-1
$725,000 – 125 Coolidge Ave. Unit 501, 6 room, 2 bed, 2.5 bath high-rise, Open Houses: Friday 12-1 Saturday 2-3:30 Sunday 2-3:30
$479,999 – 227 Coolidge Ave.
I am writing in response to Mr. Bockian’s open letter regarding the proposed zoning amendment at Arsenal Yards. I agree with Mr. Bockian that maintaining the integrity of Watertown’s Planning Board is extremely important. However, I don’t believe that BP’s [Boylston Properties] proposed zoning amendment constitutes a threat to local governance, and nor do I believe that the proposed increase in height constitutes a threat to the Watertown community.
Mr. Bockian writes that the zoning debate has been “reopened quickly and opportunistically.” In fact, the RMUD zoning has been in place for over two years, and when it was initially approved BP stated publicly that they had accepted the zoning as a compromise and planned to reconsider it further along the line. Legislators across our nation use this tactic to make timely progress on issues while looking ahead to future achievements. For instance, Massachusetts legalized “civil union” partnerships as a compromise before finally legalizing gay marriage a few years later.