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Newton O.K.'s 'Historic' Complex; New Melrose Apartments

MELROSE—The developer behind Watertown's Alta at the Estate has commenced construction of an 88-unit apartment complex at 37 Washington Street in downtown Melrose. Leasing is expected to begin in November 2016. [Curbed Boston]
NEWTONVILLE—And, lo, after much wailing and gnashing of teeth, Newton approved a modestly sized residential development: "In what Mayor Setti Warren called a historic night for the city, the Board of Aldermen late Tuesday approved a plan to turn the Austin Street municipal parking lot in Newtonville into a 68-unit housing and retail complex." [Globe]