We read Jon Bockian’s letter in the Watertown News and want to take exception to several of his comments as he doesn’t speak for ALL Watertown residents. First and foremost, the proposed changes Boylston Properties is making to the Building G plan are very beneficial to the overall development, increasing open space and providing better access to the Park.
Mr. Bockian further states that one option Boylston has is to reduce the footprint and keep the height at 130 feet. He knows that this is impossible as Boylston was very clear that reducing the footprint in exchange for height needs to be done for economic reasons, they need to build 188,000 SF. Mr. Bockian also avoids speaking in terms of affordable housing, which would be severely impacted by the overall reduction in SF and thus unit count. Losing affordable units should not be an option.
Finally, Mr. Bockian speaks of a compromise that was made to settle on 130 feet. A number, we should add, he proposed. Boylston was always very clear in the meetings that 130 feet wasn’t the right number and that they would be back. Here we are with a much better plan that improves the overall development. We disagree that his letter represents the opinion “of all residents.”