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Sunday, January 14, 2007

A lot of agreement

NEWTON

The three teams of volunteers trying to forge a plan for revamping Newton Centre are likely to agree that the parking lot in the central triangle should go.

The Newton Centre Task Force has hired landscape architect Bruce Leish and is now pondering his preliminary sketch of a park in the triangle with a kiosk or other public meeting space, according to chairman Charles Eisenberg. Task Force members are also looking at the costs of solutions to various vexing traffic problems.

Ultimately, the three subcommittees will have to reconcile differing visions of how much to leave green and how much to build in the area, including increasing the height of stores, extra housing, and parking lots. They are scheduled to meet again on Jan. 31.

-- Connie Paige

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