LETTER: Former Councilor’s Shares Letter on Development from 2016

In response to recent projects being approved and proposed in Watertown, former District A Councilor Angeline Kounelis sent out a letter she submitted to Planning Board and City Officials in December 2016 regarding the property at 485-615 Arsenal St. (Arsenal Yards) and the Master Plan Special Permit. She added that she voted against the 2015 Watertown Comprehensive Plan and the 2016 Regional Mixed Use District. Greetings,


For many years; many of us have been advocating for: “…balance…for viable development that will blend with less consequence on our community and its residents.” Although some of the then proposed site specifics for Arsenal Yards have changed; the location remains: “a city within a city with amenities galore for its prospective residents.”

Arsenal Yards Hosting Holiday Happenings, Selling Christmas Trees

Arsenal Yards will be selling Christmas trees during the holidays. The following information was provided by Arsenal Yards:

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Arsenal Yards, the thriving new neighborhood in Watertown, invites area residents, workers, and visitors to sleigh the season and enjoy holiday happenings now through the end of the year. With a plethora of events and activations, including the launch of a *new* Christmas Tree Farm pop-up by Brewer Christmas Tree Farm in Bond Square – along with plentiful opportunities to give back to the Watertown community, guests can enjoy a packed schedule of seasonal activities and entertainment. The festivities will kick off on Black Friday, November 25th with the unveiling of the pop-up Brewer’s Christmas Tree Farm in Bond Sq, where guests can immerse themselves in a forest of fresh, beautiful balsam-fraser hybrid fir trees and pick out the perfect one.

Kura Sushi Offering Tetris Inspired Sushi Boxes & Prizes

The following announcement was provided by Kura Sushi:

Kura Sushi USA, Inc., a leading technology-enabled Japanese restaurant concept serving authentic Japanese cuisine through an engaging revolving sushi service model, is thrilled to announce its newest Bikkura Pon collaboration with one of the most popular electronic games of all time, Tetris®. Joining forces once again with the Tetris brand after a highly successful collaboration in late 2021, The Tetris Company and Kura Sushi USA are proud to unveil the reimagined “Tetris™ x Kura Sushi Bikkura Pon Series 2 Collaboration” featuring all new prizes and brightly colored Tetris-inspired sushi boxes. Available exclusively at Kura Revolving Sushi Bar U.S. restaurants, including at Arsenal Yards in Watertown, through December 31, 2022, the Tetris x Kura Sushi Bikkura Pon prize collection includes a lanyard, temporary tattoos and can badges. The unique collectibles are dispensed from the Bikkura Pon Prize System, an integral part of Kura Sushi USA’s interactive and tech-driven dining experience. The system is comprised of a prize machine, touch panel and plate disposal slot located at every table in the restaurant.

Vote for Favorite Carved Pumpkin in Arsenal Yards’ Contest

Arsenal Yards provided the following information:

Our annual Pumpkin Carving Contest is BACK during Fall Falladays at Arsenal Yards. Pumpkins will be on display in the River Green from Friday, October 28th (at 6pm) to Monday, October 31st. Stop by, select your favs and help us carve out a winner! NEW this year! All votes will be entered to win a $100 Gift Card to their favorite Arsenal Yards destination. Pumpkin designs are submitted from the local community and all proceeds for this contest supports the Watertown Boys & Girls Club.

Booty by Brabants Opens Pop-Up Store in Arsenal Yards

Booty by Brabants opened a pop-up shop in Watertown’s Arsenal Yards. The following information is provided by Arsenal Yards:

Arsenal Yards, the thriving new neighborhood located along the Charles River in Watertown, is excited to announce the development’s latest addition: a new Booty by Brabants Pop-Up Shop now open in Arsenal Yard’s Bond Square. A female-founded company known for its community-driven, inclusive approach and strong e-commerce business that has attracted consumers globally, local “athleisure” brand Booty by Brabants will expand its brick-and-mortar presence just in time for the holidays with the opening of it’s 13th storefront to-date. Shoppers can expect an intimate, boutique-meets-warehouse experience with much of the same inventory available online, in addition to in-store perks such as early access to new product releases and the brand’s biggest Black Friday sale yet. 

“With permanent stores currently open on the North Shore and South Shore, my goal with this third location was to bring convenience to my customers during the holiday season,” said Booty by Brabants Founder and CEO, Kelly Brabants. “We can be last minute shoppers, and I wanted my city customers to have easy access to a BBB shopping destination, where I’ve hand-picked my favorite pieces at the moment that I know my customers will love.”

Before or after they shop at the new Booty by Brabants location, visitors are invited to check out Arsenal Yards’ fitness and wellness offerings, including Pure Barre, sweetgreen, Vitality Bowls, Garbanzo, and the newly-opened Central Rock Gym.

Activities Abound at Arsenal Yards’ 3rd Annual Fall Falladays

Arsenal Yards is hosting the Fall Falladays in October. The following announcement was provided by Arsenal Yards:

It’s time to fall into a new season! Arsenal Yards, the thriving new neighborhood in Watertown, invites area residents, workers, and visitors to spice up the cold-weather days and celebrate autumn with a variety of events happening throughout the community at the third-annual Fall Falladays! Guests can enjoy various seasonal outdoor entertainment, spook-tacular treats, a pumpkin carving competition, games, and the ultimate fall décor all October long. “As the temperatures cool down, we’re thrilled to heat up the season and invite the Watertown community back with the return of our popular Fall Falladays Festival plus newly added events this year!” said Jessica Peterson, Marketing Director at Arsenal Yards.

LETTER: Developer of Arsenal Yards Commends Watertown Planning Department’s Efforts

In the nearly 10 years since we purchased the Arsenal Mall to make it a better destination for all, we’ve accomplished much with you and the people of Watertown. Our goal was always to transform the Mall into an accessible space to enjoy with friends, family, and neighbors, to rejuvenate the untapped economic potential of the Arsenal Street corridor, and to be an integral, improved part of the community in many ways. It has not been a short, perfect, or straight line, but we believe it is a very good result at Arsenal Yards. Throughout the years, we’ve had many a spirited debate with various stakeholders, councils, and boards in town, including, of course, the Planning Department. I’ve personally had “robust” dialogues with Steve Magoon and his colleagues in what we see as a productive back-and-forth in which we are constantly improving ideas with better ideas.