The major residential and retail project at 202-204 Arsenal Street received final approval from the Zoning Board of Appeals Wednesday night.
The project includes a four-story, 297-unit apartment building (with 30 affordable rate units), as well as an 80-seat restaurant and a 33,000-square-foot market on Arsenal Street, a little east of Irving Street.
The Zoning Board gave its approval after a lengthy discussion and with certain conditions, said Watertown Community Development and Planning Director Steve Magoon.
Among the conditions that were already recommended by town Planning staff were that the developers contribute to a transportation management association (TMA) to provide additional public transit to the area. Also, the project will also make improvements to the Community Path along the length of the project.
Tuesday night the Zoning Board added some conditions, Magoon said. Among them are to turn a rain garden (designed to soak up storm water) would be turned more into a park with smaller areas for rain retention. Also, a traffic study must be conducted a year after the project is built to see how traffic in the area is impacted by the project.