Community meeting

Community meeting on Holton, Cross Street Lighting Industrial Estate | Winchester

WINCHESTER – The Metropolitan Area Planning Council, together with the Planning Council, will hold a community meeting in person at City Hall and via Zoom on Tuesday June 28 from 7-8.30 p.m. to discuss the area of Holton and Cross streets. .

The city is conducting a study of the Holton/Cross Street Lighting Industrial Area to define a vision for the area which will focus on recommendations for improved zoning, design guidelines, pedestrian and cyclist safety, physical infrastructure, economic development and traffic.

Residents are encouraged to join in person or via Zoom at the following link: https://us06web.zoom.us/i/87130913270 and use ID 871 3091 3270.

For questions, meeting needs, or more information, contact Josh Fiala at [email protected] or call 617-933-0700.

Almost a 40B

Five years ago developers came to town with a proposed 40B project at 43-45 Holton St. It would have encompassed 13 acres of land (including one or two in Woburn; although no development was planned for these acres) with over 300 units. A massive housing complex, no doubt, but perfectly acceptable under state law 40B (and that came before the city created its housing production plan).

If it had passed, the city could have received more than 75 affordable housing units. To make the project a reality, the developers, Mill Creek in Burlington, would have bought Tighe Warehouse, which would have stopped trains running through the area and disturbing residents of Holton, Cross and Baldwin streets.

The project initially received a warm welcome from the Select Board. According to attorney Mark Vaughan, representing Mill Creek, his clients were looking to buy 13 acres of land in an industrial area. He said the site is fully paved. It is on the Woburn line and in fact several acres are within the town.

If the purchase materializes for the developer, Vaughan said his client’s intention is to work with the city and the neighborhood.

At the time, the developer proposed five options, one of which received the best response: a four- to six-story mid-rise building with 278 units and 52 units in three-story townhouses for a total of 330 units . This option includes 51 one-bedroom apartments, 240 two-bedroom apartments and 39 three-bedroom apartments.

The project collapsed when residents expressed concerns about the size of the project and its impacts on traffic in the area.