ZBA Hearing Two Big Projects, Council Subgroup Looks at Police Services & Other Meetings

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Charlie Breitrose

People packed the Tufts Health Plan parking lot off of Arlington Street for the Finish Strong Road Race.

Plans for converting the Tufts Health Plan building into life science labs and offices will be heard by the Zoning Board of Appeals on Wednesday.

The Watertown Zoning Board has several projects on its agenda, including renovations of the Tufts Health Plan building and a biotech project proposed on Elm Street.

The ZBA gives final approval for these projects and the meeting begins at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 24.

Spear Street Capital, the new owner of the Tufts Health Plan site at 705 Mt. Auburn St.seeks to turn the complex into a life science lab and office complex. A portion of the rear of the building is proposed to be torn down and replaced by a two-story addition. The total square footage will increase by nearly 27,000 sq. ft. On Feb. 10, the Planning Board voted unanimously to recommend that the ZBA approve the project.

Also scheduled to be heard is the proposal to build a three-story 78,000 sq. ft. life science building at 23-29 Elm Street, which is located near Target and behind the Residence Inn by Marriott. The Planning Board voted 3-1 to recommend that the ZBA approve the project. Planning Board member who voted against the motion said he would like to see some design changes, but generally liked the project.

See the entire agenda and see how to tune in and participate by clicking here.

Police Services

The Town Council’s Public Safety Committee will discuss the current operations and services being provided by the Watertown Police Department at its meeting on Friday, Feb. 26 at 4 p.m. See how to tune in and participate by clicking here.

Town Council

The approval of the Public Arts Master Plan, an update on the construction of the Community Path and a number of public hearings are on the agenda for Tuesday’s Town Council meeting, which begins at 7 p.m.

The public hearings include a proposal to borrow $2.5 million for street and sidewalk projects, and borrowing $548,000 to install an air conditioning system at Watertown Middle School.

See the agenda and how to tune in and participate by clicking here.

More Meetings

Monday

The Charter Review Committee’s Preamble Subcommittee will begin its discussions at 5:30 p.m. See more info here.

The Watertown Environment & Energy Efficiency Committee’s agenda includes discussion of a letter about the proposed artificial turf fields that Buckingham Browne & Nichols wants to build near Filippello Park. The committee meets at 7 p.m., see more here.

Wednesday

The Town Council Committees on Economic Development and Planning and Human Services will discuss the Watertown Housing Plan at their meeting at 6:30 p.m. See more info by clicking here.

Thursday

The Committee on Public Works of the City meets at 7 p.m. to discuss design options for upper Waverley Avenue. See more info by clicking here.

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