There's a wrench in the spokes of what could be one of Newton's biggest developments ever.
Recall that in early October the city's aldermen green-lighted the Station at Riverside. The $350 million development would include 290 apartments; a 10-story office building; a parking garage; retail space; and a community center. It's due to go up near the Riverside T stop on 11 acres owned by the MBTA, acreage that developer BH Normandy leased for 85 years for at least $850,000 annually.
But! A group of neighboring property owners has filed a claim alleging that they were frozen out of the negotiations over the site and that the city made its decision based on documents submitted after a public hearing on the project. The neighbors also allege that the Station at Riverside will gobble up nearby parking (which, we should note, is kind of the point in these transit-oriented developments). The claim could hold up the project for quite a while. Stay tuned.
· Newton Lower Falls Residents Challenge Riverside Special Permit [Tab]
· Newton O.K.'s Major Project at the End of the Green Line [Curbed Boston]
· One Word: Transit-Oriented—JP's Jackson Square Is the Future [Curbed Boston]