Five Things You Missed at Board of Aldermen: Restaurants OK'd for Expansion, Track Team Honored
The aldermen also approved a special permit for the construction of a home on Nevada Street and gave an OK to the city's new Chief Information Officer.
Didn't get a chance to attend or watch the Board of Aldermen's meeting last night? Here are five highlights you missed:
1. Business expansion approved. During its first call vote, the full board voted unanimously (23-0, with one alderman absent) to approve special permits allowing Max & Leo's and the Rox Diner to expand seating and waive the required parking that goes along with that expanded seating.
Rox Diner applied for an increase from 38 seats to 61 seats and Max & Leo's applied for an increase from 12 to 37 seats. The permits were previously approved 6-0 by the Land Use Committee.
2. Nevada Street home gets the OK. After debating the home's size during its August meeting, the Board of Aldermen approved the special permit for a two-family home on Nevada Street last night without much discussion. The final vote was 20 in favor with three opposed (Aldermen Marcia Johnson, Susan Albright and Deborah Crossley). Alderman Lisle Baker was absent during the meeting.
3. An all-star track team. The Board of Aldermen recognized the Newton North High School girls' outdoor track team last night with a special commendation. The girls won the team's 22nd division title in 24 years and had its 18th consecutive undefeated season, according to Alderman Vicki Danberg, who presented the award. The team also took home the school's third consecutive girls' outdoor track All State title.
"It is an incredible, unparalleled achievement," Danberg said.
The aldermen also awarded a separate commendation for Newton North senior Carla Forbes who won national titles in indoor track triple jump, outdoor track triple jump and outdoor track long jump.
In addition to her national titles, Forbes was named the 2012 Massachusetts Athlete of the Year by ESPN, Danberg said.
Forbe was also awarded a commendation from the Massachusetts State Senate.
4. Riverside Station project public hearings on their way. Land Use Committee Chair Ted Hess-Mahan informed his fellow aldermen last night that upcoming public hearings for the Riverside Station project will be pushed out a bit as the Planning Department needs some more time to go through the materials submitted by the developer.
Initially, Hess-Mahan had planned to seek approval for a public hearing on Sept. 27.
Developers BH Normandy are seeking a special permit/site plan approval to construct a 225,000-square-foot residential building containing 290 apartments with 5,000 square feet of retail space, a three-story building with 15,000 square feet of retail space and 8,000 square feet of community space. They are also looking to change the zoning for a portion of the site to a "Mixed Use/3 Transit Oriented District."
Hess-Mahan said the new date for the public hearing will likely be docketed at the next full Board of Aldermen meeting on Sept. 19.
5. New CIO approved. Following unanimous approval from the Finance Committee, the Board of Aldermen officially approved the appointment of Robert Barrett as the city's new Chief Information Officer.