Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Land Use fail on Chestnut Hill Square

On the substance, there's lots to say about tonight's 6-2 Land Use vote to recommend a board order granting a special permit to New England Development, but here are three little bits of atmosphere that give a sense of why there wasn't a better outcome:

  • The board order includes and makes reference to a site plan that counts as open space active parts of the site driveway, as in space that cars will regularly drive through
  • City Attorney Ouida Young got into a heated debate with Alderman Deb Crossley, arguing that Route 9 is not pedestrian-friendly and won't be pedestrian-friendly
  • The three Ward 6 alderman were non-participants in the discussion, despite the site's proximity to and impact on the neighborhood
A thoroughly discouraging outcome.

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