News Updates

LFIA Riverside Committee submits alternative zoning petition!

As an alternative to Mark Development's petition for zoning changes, the Riverside Committee submitted a zoning amendment petition that is based on a development with a smaller total square footage (650,000), a  residential focus (441 units), and sufficient commercial space to offset city costs and retail to support residents. Our goal is to create a livable community at Riverside, including a community center and meaningful open space, while preserving the qualities of Grove Street and the abutting communities of Lower Falls and Auburndale. Download the slides and narrative presented on June 4th to the City Council's Zoning and Planning Committee, the text of the zoning petition, and the memorandum filed in support of the petition.

Riverside Visioning Concludes!

CivicMoxie presented its final Riverside Vision Plan on Tuesday, April 30, at Williams Elementary School. 

The guidelines can be downloaded here under the "Info" tab (there are 3 parts and an appendix) or from the City's website, at

For more information on the upcoming Riverside Special Permit and Zoning amendment process, visit:

Mark your calendars: The first City Council Land Use Committee public hearing is slated for the evening of Tuesday, June 4, with details to come.

Press Releases

Here is the press release the committee distributed in response to Mark Development's filing for a special permit on 3.29.19

Mark Development Plans 2019

Click  to view the plans Mark Development filed for Riverside in March 2019.

Watch this "fly through" video of Mark Development's proposal for the Riverside site to get a sense of the project's massive scale!

News Coverage

WGBH - Morning Addition: "When It Comes To Housing In The Suburbs, How Dense Is Too Dense?" 6.10.19

Boston Globe article: "Newton chamber joins Charlie Baker's housing fight" 5.2.19

Boston Globe article : "Newton residents want to ‘have a say’ on Riverside plan" 4.26.19

Newton Tab article: "Developer files Riverside application before visioning done" 4.3.19

Boston Globe article:  "Newton's mayor delays revamping citywide zoning" 3.22.19

Newton Tab article: "Crowd offers feedback about Newton’s Riverside site" 2.14.19

Boston Globe article: "Developer’s Riverside plan triggers debate in Newton" 1.18.19

Newton Tab article: "Some concerned over short timeframe of Riverside visioning process" 12.28.18

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