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HomeMy Public PortalAbout85 Walnut Street - Community Meeting Summary (2019.10.30)10-85 WALNUT OWNER, L.L.C. 7121 Fainvay Drive, Suite 410, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida 33418 November 11, 2019 Mr. Steve Magoon Director — Community Development and Planning Town of Watertown 149 Main Street Watertown, MA 02472 Mr. Gideon Schreiber Senior Planner — Community Development and Planning Town of Watertown 149 Main Street Watertown, MA 02472 Re: 85 Walnut Street Site Plan Review — Community Meeting Summary (October 30, 2019) Dear Steve and Gideon: On October 30, 2019, 10-85 Walnut Owner, LLC (the "Project Sponsor") held a second community meeting to further discuss the proposed plans for the redevelopment of the Doble Engineering Building (the "Project") at 85 Walnut Street M Watertown, MA. The meeting, a follow up to the first community meeting held on September 16, was attended by over forty members of the community, including immediate abutters and Watertown residents, Watertown staff members and Watertown council members, including Lisa Feltner, the Watertown council member for the Project's district. This memorandum summarizes the key topics discussed during the community meeting. Site Plan and .Building Design In response to questions raised during the first community meeting, the evolution of the site design was communicated. The expansion of the existing park area abutting Walnut Street and its programming was discussed with the community and many of the issues raised by community members during the first meeting, including the re -grading of the park, the preservation of trees, and other general conditions, were addressed. In addition, other elements of the building and site design were discussed, including the exterior lighting on the property, the proposed LEED certification and sustainability features, and pest and dust management plans during construction. As requested during the first meeting, community members were presented light and shadow impact studies, as well as diagrams showing the new site access to Arsenal Street, the proposed site plan compared Mr. Steve Magoon and Mr. Gideon Schreiber November 11, 2019 Page 2 to the existing conditions and the scale of the parking garage if one level were to be removed. Transportation In the first community meeting, community members requested information related to the Project's transportation impact on Walnut Street, Lincoln Street and surrounding areas. A transportation study, completed by Vanasse & Associates was presented and has been made available to the community. In addition, means of egress through Arsenal Street by way of an access easement through 101 Walnut Street has been agreed upon and was discussed with the community. Options for improvements to surrounding roadways and infrastructure which are being discussed with DPW were also presented to seek feedback as to community preferences. Promoting alternate methods of transportation to and from the property, such as encouraging the use of public transportation, bikes and proposed shuttle service, and involvement in the T? [A, were discussed with community members. Kind Regards, 4,0.4,,Wic., Matthew Price Vice President