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Zoning Board hears proposed Mass. Ave. development

Proposed condos, business, 1021-25 Mass. Ave., 2022Proposed condos and retail space at 1021-1025 Mass. Ave. / Harrison Mulhern Architects

UPDATED: The town Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) met at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, for a hearing about the future of 1025 Mass. Ave. It was conducted by remote participation only.

The link is here >> and the agenda is via this link >>

To view and download meeting materials, visit the Zoning Board of Appeals Agendas and Minutes page. This reference material will be made available 48 business hours prior to the ZBA meeting. 

MassHousing issued the project-eligibility letter on Aug. 19, and the application was filed last week, Christian Klein, ZBA chair, told YourArlington. Find a copy of the letter and the complete application on the ZBA's website >>

Under statute, the board has 30 days to open the hearing. The Open Meeting Law requires advertising twice in the local paper of record. The application has also been distributed to town departments, boards, and commissions as required.  Once the hearing opens, the board has 180 days to close the public hearings.

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124-apartment Mirak project moves toward resolution

Aerial photo of Mirak property in Arlington Heights, showing out line of proposed apartments.Aerial photo of Mirak property in Arlington Heights, showing outline of proposed apartments in 2020.

After more than 14 months of public discussion, the 124-apartment project at Mirak in the Heights, the largest housing proposal since Town Meeting adopted town's master plan in 2015, is moving toward resolution by the town Zoning Board of Appeals.

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On July 26, that board voted to close its long-held public hearing and to begin deliberating the order of conditions for 1165R Mass. Ave. at its Aug. 24 meeting. Deliberations are to continue Sept. 2, two days before the 40-day period to render a decision ends.

Read a summary of the July 26 meeting by Steve Revilak, who is a ZBA member and offers his notes as a public service >>  

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Discussion of Thorndike Place revised plan continues

Developer lessens number of units, but questions remain

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UPDATED, Oct. 17: The town Zoning Board of Appeals continued to consider the permits for Thorndike Place  (Mugar site) on Tuesday, Oct. 13.

Clarissa Rowe, a former Select Board member who is part of the Coalition to Save Mugar Wetlands, provided the following summary of the Oct. 13 hearing, which is published with her permission:

The building will have 175 to 180 units. [Reports dating to 2015 had put the number at 219.]

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Protested Mugar property appeal opens; hearing extended to April

Residents and politicians at Town Hall opposing Thornedike Place on Dec. 10, 2019. / Susan Gilbert photoResidents and politicians at Town Hall opposing Thornedike Place on Dec. 10. / Susan Gilbert photo

UPDATED, March 30: As the long-delayed process to deal with the proposal at the Mugar site resumed before the town Zoning Board of Appeals on Tuesday, Dec. 10, the board unanimously agreed to extend its 180-day review process of Oaktree Development’s application ― to build six townhouses and a four-story apartment building near East Arlington’s Thorndike Field. It is scheduled to start April 14, as requested by Oaktree’s lawyer, Stephanie Kiefer.

Initially, the ZBA proposed having the schedule start Jan. 1, but Kiefer requested an extension. “It is impossible for our civil engineers to have their work done by Jan 1. To have an informed discussion, we need to account for the site changes that have occurred that engineering needs to review. It’s won’t do anyone any good if we lack the correct information we need.”

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