Lt. Governor Murray, Reps. Kahn and Peisch, and others dedicate re-opened foot bridge by Waterstone at Wellesley
Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray led a ribbon-cutting ceremony today for the refurbished Wellesley-Newton DCR bridge, linking Washington Street in Wellesley with Concord Street in Newton. Lt. Gov. Murray was joined by Wellesley Executive Director Hans Larsen, several Wellesley alderman, Newton Mayor Setti Warren, State Representatives Kay Kahn and Alice Peisch, and about 80 people who attended the ceremony at nearby Waterstone at Wellesley, a beautiful senior living community which opened last month.
The old rail trestle bridge crossing the Charles River in Lower Falls became unusable and dangerous to the community after the train stopped running 35 years ago. The Wellesley Trails Committee was instrumental in bringing the bridge’s deteriorating condition to light and leading the effort to refurbish and open the bridge for pedestrian traffic. After many public hearings, the design for the project was finally approved by the Newton Conservation Commission in May 2010.
Waterstone at Wellesley is adjacent to the bridge entrance on the Wellesley side of the Charles River. The bridge extends from the Wellesley Trails system and the river way walk built behind Waterstone at Wellesley. Executive Director Kristine Tilton said the new bridge is a great amenity for residents, many of whom are active and enjoy walking. Many Waterstone apartments enjoy spectacular views of the bridge.
National Development, developers of Waterstone at Wellesley, was also key in refurbishment planning as part of Waterstone at Wellesley.
BY: ROB BORKOWSKI
The Grossman’s property on Washington Street, vacant and fenced off for years, is on its way to a more productive future.
Wellesley Building Inspector Michael Grant reports the owner of the property, National Development of Newton, has filed for both a building and demolition permit for the site. While the building permit is approved, and site work can begin, the developer still needs the demolition permit in place to begin work in earnest. Grant said he expects that permit will come through for the company sometime within the week.
When the old Grossman’s store is out of the way, Cranshaw Construction of Newton will begin work on a 138-unit luxury living facility for seniors. A part of the building will be built for assisted living. The building will be 150,000 square feet, with a 55,000 square-foot parking garage.