Other councilors offered advice. George Darcy III, the Ward 3 city councilor, said he also sees the opportunity for the hospital to make sweeping infrastructure improvements by connecting to pedestrian and biking trails, and recommended looking into adding a commuter rail station behind the property.
“I believe this is a unique opportunity not to just focus on vehicular access, but also on trains and building a new train station, one that both your facility could use and the new Watch Factory could take advantage of,” Darcy said. “You would only have to go 25 feet to the rail line. That wouldn’t be that much more of a project, in my mind.”
However, councilors said they look forward to working with the hospital.
“There’s a lot of food for thought tonight,” said state Representative Thomas M. Stanley, a Waltham Democrat, who also sits on the council. “The City Council really laid the groundwork a few years back enabling something like this to happen in the city of Waltham. We received a lot of criticism 10 years ago, but it’s the collective foresight and hard work and diligence that has allowed Waltham to receive such a world-renowned institution in our community.”
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