Hello East Enders,
Interesting possibilities are on the horizon.………… The private, Buckingham, Browne and Nichols School (BB&N) has shown an interest in purchasing the Mount Auburn Cemetery property at 165-183 Grove St. in our East End of Watertown.
The first attachment is the 11/15/19 Boston Business Journal article regarding BB&N’s desire to enhance open-space and create a public/private partnership with the City known as the Town of Watertown, that will culminate as a major community amenity. The second attachment, and following link, are the informational materials that have been provided for the Town Council. https://www.watertown-ma.gov/DocumentCenter/View/28376/2019-11-12–BBN—Grove-Street
Aggregate Industries closed the concrete plant and sold the parcel in 2005. Some of you may recall the 2007-2008 contentious meetings with Hanover Co., regarding the then proposed development of the same site for 169 to 182 housing units. The plans were not favorably received by area residents and the Town Boards. The Cemetery purchased the property in 2009, with long-range plans to be determined. The unknown factor led to the interim parking lot lease with Mount Auburn Hospital; which has a ten year sunset clause due to expire in 2021.
Developers have been waiting in the wings for the opportunity to acquire this prime real estate; located in our very desirable East End neighborhood. Ultimately, the decision that will meet the criteria for the negotiated deal rests with the Cemetery’s Board of Trustees. The aggressive timeline is as follows:
- 11/26/19 – Final bids due from interested parties
- 12/04/19 – Finalists invited to meet with Cemetery Trustees
- 12/12/19 – Meeting of Cemetery Trustees with anticipated conclusion of the selection process
In my opinion, the strategic partnership is an across-the-board, win-win. Let’s hope the Trustees of Mount Auburn Cemetery, understand and accept, the benefits that can be realized, and acknowledged, for generation to come.
It’s not only about the money; it’s about the environment and quality of life.
Please join me in sharing your comments of support for the proposal as set forth by BB&N to: Attn: David Barnett, firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to: Mount Auburn Cemetery, Attn: David Barnett, 580 Mt. Auburn St., Cambridge, MA 02138.
Angeline B. Kounelis
District A, East End, Town Councilor
The City Known as the Town of Watertown
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