Town Council to Consider Special Zoning for Arsenal on the Charles

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On Monday June 8, the Town Council will hold a special meeting to discuss zoning changes proposed for the Arsenal on the Charles complex, owned by athenahealth.

The company seeks to make changes to the Arsenal Overlay Development District, which covers the complex.

The changes would allow the creation of a master plan to redevelop the Arsenal on the Charles. Among other things it would allow an increase of height of new construction, change parking requirements and modify retail categories to allow limited retail uses within the complex.

A more detailed list of the changes proposed to the Arsenal Overlay Development District can be seen on the town website (click here).

Through the process, neighbors of the Arsenal on the Charles said they worry about the height of new buildings, which would be allowed to be up to 79 feet tall, or 90 feet for a garage with green roof structure. The current height limit is 50 feet.

Residents also say the new parking garage will mean many more cars in their neighborhood, adding to an already difficult traffic situation.

See previous Watertown News stories on the proposed zoning changes and the master plan:

LETTER: Neighbors Respond to Athenahealth’s Proposal for Arsenal Complex

Planning Board OKs Seven Story Parking Garage at Arsenal on the Charles

LETTER: Group Concerned About Future of Arsenal Street After Planning Board Vote

Garage Presents a Sticking Point in Athenahealth’s Plans for Arsenal Complex

Athenahealth Seeks Zoning Changes for Arsenal Complex

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