Find Out About Proposed Galen St. Project at 2 Virtual Community Meetings

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The areas on Galen Street being considered for zoning changes from Limited Business to Industrial 2 are shown in orange. The pink are other limited business zoned properties that would not change.

The areas on Galen Street proposed to become life science lab space. In February, the orange area was rezoned from Limited Business to Industrial 2, the same as the grey area.

The developers of a project at the former Colonial Buick GMC dealer on Galen Street will be discussing plans for the site at a pair of virtual community meetings.

Developers seek to build life science lab space with some publicly accessible open space on the land, which sits next to the MBTA’s Watertown Yard bus stop.

The rezoning of the area became a topic of heated discussion by both residents and the Town Council earlier this year. The Council passed the proposal, which changed the zoning of four smaller parcels (also owned by the developers, Boston Development Group) from Limited Business District to Industrial 2 to match that of the former auto dealership property.

The following information about the virtual meetings on the 66 Galen St. project was sent out by the developers:

Please join Boston Development Group for a review and discussion of conceptual plans and specifics of the transit-oriented redevelopment of the site referenced as 66 Galen Street. The use of the site, which runs along Galen and Water Streets adjacent to the MBTA bus barn, will be transitioned to research & development/lab-life sciences incorporating publicly accessible open space and other related streetscape and public realm enhancements.

We will be hosting two separate meetings, both beginning at 6:30 pm: one on October 1st and the other on October 8th. Please join us for one or both evenings. The first meeting will provide the full project presentation, the second will address additional details and follow-up.

In light of the COVID pandemic, the meetings will be conducted virtually via Zoom. Just prior to the start of each meeting, please access the link below to join via computer or mobile device. You may be instructed to download the Zoom application.

Webinar ID: 919 7464 4138
Passcode: 120703

Telephone Dial-in:

(312) 626-6799

Webinar ID: 919 7464 4138

Passcode: 120703

2 thoughts on “Find Out About Proposed Galen St. Project at 2 Virtual Community Meetings

  1. More Life Science?? That’s a better location for it than on Arsenal Street sandwiched between residential properties (Elan and the Gables); I wouldn’t want to live right next door to BioTech. But really, why do we need more biotech? If something happens to that sector the town will lose a lot….

    • What would happen to Biotech? It’s an essential industry. This will bring in a ton of money to the town and is an amazing addition to Watertown and us taxpayers (can we please fix the roads here?!) The hundreds of people who will work there will create a steady source of revenue for local businesses in town including a lot of small locally owned restaurants. Kendall Square’s real estate prices are sky high and construction companies can’t build new space fast enough to meet the need of biotech real estate. Watertown is very lucky we are on track to become the new Kendall square. This is a home run for property values as well.

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