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Watertown planners announce public hearings for 2 mixed-use developments

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  November 1, 2013 02:25 PM

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Watertown officials will hold a public hearing this month for two mixed-use developments proposing to add a total of 90 new residential units to Watertown.

The hearing will take place Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall on Main Street.

Developers from Newton-based World Realty and Development are hoping to build a 65-unit condo complex at 60 Howard St. and 45 Bacon St., where Circle Suppliers used to operate. Plans call to demolish the existing two buildings and add nearly 10,500 square feet of commercial space, condominiums, a roof deck and nearly 150 parking spaces.

The project would also include a multi-use recreation path along the front of Howard Street, as well as a public open space between Howard and Bacon streets, according to planning officials.

The project lies within the town's Pleasant Street corridor, which town planners envision changing from an area of industrial companies and warehouses to one with more apartments, condos, and stores.

Developers will also present plans for a 24-unit mixed-use complex at 33 Mount Auburn St., where a vacant building that used to house Port Oil sits. Developers hope to raze the Port Oil building to construct one four-story structure with 24 residential units, nearly 2,000 square feet of retail and office space, and 36 parking spaces.

Although hundreds of residential units have been added to Watertown in the past few years, the Planning Board this spring blocked a 14-unit condo proposal for 192 Pleasant St. after residents flocked to hearings to voice their opposition, citing the project's scale, congested traffic, reduced parking, decreased pedestrian safety, and environmental concerns.

For more information, visit Watertown's official website.

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