Facts and Plans
A Brief History
The LFIA Riverside Committee continues the work of many dedicated Newton Lower Falls and Auburndale residents who began meeting in 2006, when the Riverside MBTA station site – which had opened in 1959 – came under consideration for development. In 2009, the MBTA authorized an 85-year lease with developer BH Normandy LLC. In 2013, after considerable input from the surrounding communities, and various revisions to the plan, the City of Newton granted a special permit to build a mixed-used development that consisted of:
o 290 apartments, 15% affordable, with 438 parking spaces.
o 225,000 feet of office space with 571 parking spaces.
o 20,000 feet of retail space and 11,000 feet of community space.
o 1,000-car MBTA parking garage.
The project stalled over a stalemate between BH Normandy and the MBTA about paying for the parking garage. Nothing much happened publicly for a few years until the fall of 2018, when Mark Development unveiled its proposal to build a mixed-use complex more than double the size of the Normandy plan.
Since then, the LFIA Riverside Committee has been working on behalf of neighbors to advocate for an appropriately sized project that minimizes traffic and other negative impacts, provides access to affordable housing, preserves and creates open space, welcomes people of all ages and backgrounds, and benefits Lower Falls, Auburndale, and the City of Newton.
Mark Development Plans 2019
Click here to view the Riverside plans Mark Development has filed in 2019. Scroll down to see the latest set of plans. There's also a graphic showing the expected special permit process.