Not too long ago there were plans to redevelop Westwood Station to an astronomical scale. These plans never came to fruition, however new plans indeed have come about for this 130-acre location at the junction of Route 128 and Interstate 95. Just on Tuesday the 23rd of October, members from the Finance and Warrant Commission, the Westwood Board of Selectmen and the Planning Board all met to discuss the possibilities of this future venture.
To be known as University Station, this project will have roughly 850,000 square feet dedicated to housing and hotel rooms, 750,000 square feet for retail spaces and also 500,000 square feet of office space to cover its total of 2.1 million square feet facility. Dougass E. Karp, a Senior Vice President of New England Development and a partner in the development mentions, This project is less than half the size of the last project. There is a retail center to be built, and housing and apartments to be built, as soon as we get approval. Of the aforementioned housing units, they will all be in one and two bedroom configurations with 100 out of the 750 total to be dedicated solely to the elderly. Of this housing availability, there will be some that will be condominiums with 15% of them to be made as affordable housing.
The other groups in the development team are National Development, Clarion Partners, Charles River Realty Investors and Eastern Development. The teaming up of these dedicated groups of professionals has injected a great deal of optimism about these plans amongst the public and that of Westwood in particular. Karp even went on to state, We have been Working diligently with the Planning Board to come up with a plan that the town likes and that is good from a development perspective. We are kind of excited about that. He concluded by informing us that the boards will continue to get together on a weekly basis from now until Christmas to iron out some of the other major details regarding the development and that progress is surely being made.
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