The BPDA holds a public meeting Monday evening on Jordan Warshaw's latest plans for a residential complex south of the Readville train station - in which he now proposes 492 units, some condos.
The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Blue Hills Collaborative, 20 Como Rd.
Although many residents have spoken against the proposal, primarily because of the impact on traffic in a neighborhood with clogged streets, ancient traffic signals and the dangerous intersection of the Milton Street Bridge and Hyde Park Avenue, some say they support not just the Warshaw proposal but other "smart" residential development. These proposals, which now also include a 305-unit development just north of the train station, are far less intrusive than the industrial uses all of the forlorn land along Hyde Park Avenue and in Readville could be used for. In an online petition, they argue:
If left out of the housing boom, Readville will be sentenced to become the dumping ground for much of the distribution centers, warehouses and truck yards getting pushed out of the rest of Boston.
Change is coming to Hyde Park. Our trusted, elected officials have been telling us this. It's not "if", but "when", though at this very moment in time, we still have the ability to help decide "what". For Hyde Park to remain a home - our home - it must remain primarily residential. Please don't shut Readville down for responsible residential development projects - ones like Sprague Street that are designed to take advantage of its proximity to mass transit to minimize the impact added residents will have on traffic. ...
The land is already zoned for [industrial use], so when these companies come to town, they won't be holding any neighborhood meetings asking us for our input.