Wednesday, October 10, 2012
There's been months of planning and now a peer review consultant has been chosen. The project will continue to be reviewed, but as it moves along, we want to know what you want to know.
The Planning Board made its choice for a peer review consultant for the University Station project last night, selecting BETA Engineering over PSC. "While both teams were quite capable, the Board felt that BETA was the right choice," Planning Board Chair Jack Wiggin said. Wiggin went on to say that BETA was chosen because of their breadth of expertise, including fiscal analysis, zoning and all aspects of engineering. PSC made their presentation to the Board first, and the members were very impressed. "I thought we'd go with them after their presentation," Board member Steve Rafsky said, adding that they were "outstanding." Let Patch save you time. Get great local stories like this delivered right to your inbox or smartphone everyday with …
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
The Planning Board will discuss zoning changes tonight at their meeting, which begins at 6:30 p.m.
Tonight the Planning Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. at 50 Carby St. The focus of their University Station discussions will be the zoning bylaws text. Town Planner Nora Loughnane also said that she expects the Board to announce which one of the four peer review consultant teams they will call in for an interview. Last Thursday the Planning Board received a new conceptual plan for University Station and they are now looking to move ahead with that tonight.
Westwood High sports in action, school dismissed early tomorrow, local Zumba classes and some students received academic honors.
1. The Planning Board will meet tonight to discuss zoning bylaws and how they relate to the University Station project. Remember, changes in zoning will be something that is voted on at Town Meeting. 2. Wolverines in action at the varsity level today include boys and girls soccer, field hockey and girls volleyball. Boys soccer and field hockey (under the lights) are being played at home. Check out the Wolverines calendar for more information. 3. Tomorrow Westwood Public Schools will have early dismissal for professional development. Visit the School Department's website to find out what time your child's school will dismiss the students for the day. 4. Looking to get in shape? Have a high school reunion coming up and want to get down to …
Friday, September 28, 2012
Planning Board gets look at plan from developer and architect for the first time at last night's meeting.
The Westwood Planning Board meeting opened up last night with New England Development and David Manfredi of Elkus-Manfredi Architects unveiling a revised conceptual site plan for University Station. Still just a conceptual site plan, meaning all the specifics haven’t been formulated yet and that much more information is being put together and will be available in a few weeks, Manfredi led most of the presentation and explained where they expect different things to be in the development. He did note that the exact sizes of some of the buildings hadn’t been determined, and that for certain things, such as residential units or parking spaces, they haven’t determined an exact number or how large they will be. But they have a good idea of where…
Friday, June 22, 2012
BiBi's Cafe will be taking over the old building on High Street.
The building known as Anne's Lunch on High Street in Westwood will soon be transformed into a new establishment. In what could be as early as Thanksgiving, a new eatery known as BiBi's Cafe will reside on the High Street lot. The Westwood Planning Board has granted Environmental Impact & Design Review (EIDR) approval for the project, which includes the construction of the new, two-story building in place of Anne's Lunch. BiBi's will include 16 seats on the first floor, according to Westwood Town Planner Nora Loughnane. The second floor will house a bakery to produce fresh breads and baked goods for the restaurant, but will not be used to sell directly to the public. There will also not be a retail take-out counter, Loughnane said. A …
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Target and Wegmans are still among interested tenants, but the project will be substantially smaller in size.
It may resemble Westwood Station, but University Station will be something different for the town of Westwood. That's what developers of the renamed project are aiming for, at least. Representatives for New England Development and Eastern Real Estate, as well as others involved with the project, gave a brief overview of what they hope to bring to Westwood in the area of University Avenue during a pre-application meeting with the Westwood Planning Board Tuesday night. "We're really excited to be back here and we're looking forward to getting something done," said Steven Fischman, President of New England Development, which was originally involved in the Westwood Station proposal. Target and Wegmans, both of which were interested in taking…
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Chris Pfaff and Peter Hack both offered thoughts in the wake of Tuesday's annual town election.
Westwood's annual town election is over, and now that voters have picked a new member of the Westwood Planning Board, the candidates of this year's one contested race weighed in with thoughts on their respective campaigns and the overall experience. "It was my first jump into a campaign situation, so it was new, and every day we seemed to be picking up ideas and ways to try to get in office," said Chris Pfaff, who won Tuesday against opponent Peter Hack. "It's a two part process. One is to get in, and then the real hard part is doing that work. But that's why you're there." Pfaff pulled in 60 percent of the votes (a total of 645 votes) in Tuesday's election for the one vacant seat on the Westwood Planning Board. Hack, by comparison, …
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Unofficial results are in from Tuesday's annual town election in Westwood.
The unofficial results are in and Westwood's voters have elected a new member to the Westwood Planning Board, and have approved long-awaited revisions to the town's charter. Chris Pfaff won one contested race for a vacant seat on the Planning Board, pulling in 60 percent of the votes for that race. Opponent Peter Hack, by comparison, ended the day with 34.14 percent of the votes. Voters also approved recommended changes to the Town Charter, which was raised as a question on the ballot. Nearly 67 percent of those who voted were in favor of the revisions, while 10.33 percent opposed the changes. While it wasn't up to the level she had hoped for, Westwood Town Clerk Dottie Powers said Tuesday night that the voter turnout of 11 percent of …
Monday, March 26, 2012
Our new 'Last Chance' feature lets you know about important upcoming deadlines.
Animal lovers, take note: Early this week will be your last chance to preregister for Self Care for Animal Caregivers at Westwoods Center. The event is aimed at all types of animal caretakers, both professional and personal. Also this week, residents will have one final chance Monday night to weigh in on this year's Town Meeting warrant articles. The Westwood Finance Commission will hold a public hearing Mondat at 7:30 p.m. at Westwood High School, discussing the proposed articles sponsored by the Westwood Board of Selectmen and the Westwood Planning Board. Know about an important deadline coming up? Tell us in the comments, or email email@example.com. You can also post your own event or announcement for everyone to see.
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Such signs include the town's large electronic sign and video-style signs seen on top of gas pumps.
Officials in Westwood are looking to potentially change the town's zoning bylaw on the use of certain signs by the town and local businesses. A warrant article proposed by the Westwood Planning Board during the Finance Commission's public hearing Monday would aim to clarify the definition on how certain signs in town would be used and/or displayed. The proposal stems from complaints the Planning Board received from residents about the use of the large changeable electronic signs used by the town; the Westwood building department also received requests for permits to allow for video media displays at local businesses, according to a warrant article summary. Neither of the signs are addressed in the town's current bylaw, and the proposed …