From the Chestnut Hill Square article in today's Tab:
The developer has also offered to pay nearly $13 million for improvements to Route 9 to help ease the expected traffic increase.No! No! No!
I don't know where the $13 million figure comes from. But, New England Development's response to the city's comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Report contains a table summarizing New England Development's commitment to mitigation (FEIR, VIII-51). Of the $10.5 million committed as of the 11/15/06 date of the FEIR, over $6.5 million was allocated to two line items:
- Provide traffic signalization and median break with two left-turn lanes on Route 9 Westbound at The Mall at Chestnut Hill Drive and at the Capital Grille Drive. ($660,000)
- Widen Route 9 east and westbound ($5.85 million)
Without those two changes to Route 9 (improvements strikes me as debatable, at least), New England Development won't be able to attract as many
New England Development is entitled to propose changes to Route 9 that will enhance the value of its property. But, let's not mistake self-interested investment with mitigation.