The Station at Riverside - one of the largest in Newton - received unanimous approval of the Board of Alderman this week.
The $350 million will be built on 11 acres of land owned by the MBTA near Rte. 128. It will include 290 apartments (including 44 affordable units) a 10-story office building, a parking garage, retail space and a community center.
Aldermen were due to vote on the special permit for the project last week, but it got hung up when Alderman Leonard Gentile wanted an amendment that would require the developers - B.H. Normandy - to build the community center before the residential or office buildings, according to a Boston Globe report. Developers called it a "deal breaker" but a compromise was reached that requires the community center to be finished within two years of occupancy of either the office space or residential building.
Construction will start next year, with the goal of finishing by 2017.