This Week: ZBA Hears Main Street Project, Budget Hearings, Library Director Search

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A view of the project proposed for 104-126 Main St. viewed from Main Street. (Illustration by Icon Architecture)

The six-story retail and commercial project on Main Street will be heard by the Zoning Board of Appeals, the City Council will hold two budget hearings, and the Library Board of Trustees will continue discussing the process for hiring a new Library Director.

The Zoning Board of Appeals will hear the mixed use project at 104-126 Main St. that was discussed by the Planning Board in April and May. The development would be six stories tall with four-story facades on Main and Pleasant streets. The pedestrian walk to the east of the building is wider, and the commercial space has more windows as it enters that walkway. The ZBA will also hear an appeal on the denial of a request to demolish a structure at 61 Bigelow Ave. and put up a steel frame structure. The meeting will be held on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in City Hall and remote. See more info on how to participate here.

The City Council will hold two hearings on the Fiscal Year 2024 Budget. On Tuesday at 6 p.m. they will hear about the following departments and accounts: the City Council, City Manager, City Auditor, Procurement, City Assessor, Treasurer / Collector, and City Attorney. On Thursday at 6 p.m. the Council will hear about the following accounts: Human Resources, Information Technology, City Clerk / Elections, Community Development & Planning, Constituent Services,
Parking Lots & Meters, Public Buildings, Library, Recreation Departments, and Non-Department Appropriations, (Debt, Capital Projects, Etc.). The hearings will be held in the Council Chamber in City Hall.

On Tuesday, the Council will hold a regular meeting at 7 p.m. The agenda includes votes on creating a Religious/School Building Overlay District at 126-134 Templeton Parkway, as well as giving local preference for affordable housing. See the entire agenda and how to participate here.

The Library Trustees will discuss the hiring of a new Library Director including a proposal from a consulting firm and approving a job posting. They will meet on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Watertown Library and remote. See more information here

On Monday at 7 p.m., the School Committee will be introduced to the WHS valedictorian and salutatorian, meet the new Director of Human Resources, vote on the Administrative Assistants Contract, and hear a report on the District Strategy for Success. The meeting will be held at Cunniff School, 246 Warren St., and remote. See how to participate here.

4 thoughts on “This Week: ZBA Hears Main Street Project, Budget Hearings, Library Director Search

  1. The Zoning Board and the City Council have a one-time opportunity to make Main Street more attractive by enforcing setbacks. Setbacks will allow for trees to be planted in keeping with Watertown’s goals to green the city and contribute to creating a canopy to help cool the Square. It will also encourage foot traffic and allow a cafe or restaurant in the retail space to have outdoor tables. And, yes, I still believe 6 stories is too tall for this site.

  2. In addition to setbacks, as noted by Anne Civetta (above) another question: Where will the Post Office be housed? Its current location is perfect.

    • Good question. The developers said in April they have reached out to the Post Office to design a new space in the development and have a temporary spot for the Post Office. I am not sure if they have a deal in place or not.

  3. Paul A.Tamburello, Jr. 67 Oliver Street
    I have lived at 67 Oliver Street since 1972 so I am a townie by assimilation rather than by birth. I love this town. The proposed multi-story development on Main Street is going to make it look more like Route 6 on Cape Cod than the definitive New England town center that it is.
    This proposed development would make Watertown’s Main Street look like a cookie-cutter town and not the small town New England Jewel that it is. Watertown is not a cookie cutter town. Watertown IS the cookie. Not wise to mess with the ingredients. I urge the council to reject the multi story development proposed for Main Street.

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