Please join ESG Associates and Dacon Corporation in celebrating the groundbreaking of the Wellesley Sports Center at 900 Worcester Street, Wellesley, Massachusetts on Friday, December 15, 2017 at 1:00pm. The location is one light before the Oak Street light.
The Board of Selectmen and Planning Board will hold a joint meeting on Monday, November 20 at approximately 7pm (meeting starts at 6:30pm) at Town Hall to begin the discussion of the draft letter to MassHousing on the proposed 55-unit 40B project (a.k.a., Wellesley Park) seeking Site Eligibility at 148 Weston Road. Public comments will be welcomed.
In other 40B project news around town:
The proposed 40B project at Delanson Circle across from the Wellesley Square train station parking lot has received a key preliminary approval from a nonprofit outfit that works with the state to boost affordable housing production.
135 Great Plain Ave.
The town has sent a letter to MassHousing regarding the proposed 40B development at 135 Great Plain Ave. The town says that the architectural design of the 44-unit Great Plain project fits in, but has a list of questions regarding traffic impact, public safety (pedestrians/cyclists) and stormwater management.
Stearns Rd., Rt. 9 East 40Bs
MassHousing, one of the agencies that 40B developers run their plans by to move forward on affordable housing projects, has asked the developer for these projects to revise its plans for a pair of proposals that would bookend one Wellesley neighborhood near Sprague Elementary School. MassHousing says this action does not constitute a rejection of site eligibility.
The Wellesley Zoning Board of Appeals has unanimously approved (3-0) the Wellesley Sports Center’s plans to deliver a skating and swimming center on Rte. 9 east at the former St. James the Great church site. Now it’s on to the really important stuff, like picking a logo.
Actually, the really important stuff, the digging and building, will get going before you know it if all goes according to plan. The team behind the 900 Worcester St., facility hopes to be up and running by fall/winter 2018.
The nearly 102,000 sq. ft. facility would include 2 National Hockey League-sized ice rinks, competition and training swimming pools, a field house, and a parking lot designed to accommodate more than 350 vehicles.
The town earlier this year approved a lease of the property to Wellesley Sports Center.
900 Worcester St. is the former site of St. James the Great Catholic Church, which was officially shuttered by the Archdiocese of Boston in 2004. The Town of Wellesley paid $3.8M for the 7.85 acre property in 2012 with the idea of using it for recreational purposes.
From the Tolles Parsons Center:
Join us on Sunday, October 22, 1pm – 4pm for a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Tolles Parsons Center (TPC), 500 Washington Street. There will be brief remarks from representatives from the Board of Selectmen, the Permanent Building Committee, the Council on Aging, The New Era Fund, and others who were instrumental in getting the center approved and built. Following the remarks, the center will be open for tours. Throughout the afternoon, musical entertainment will be provided by talented Wellesley High School student, Rowan de Peyster. No RSVP required. Parking will be available in the TPC lot and along Washington Street. We look forward to celebrating with you.
Acclaimed vertical dance company BANDALOOP will help Wellesley College celebrate the opening of Pendelton West, the college’s new interdisciplinary arts building, in a series of performances. The group will perform at Wellesley College, Pendleton West, 106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA.:
Friday, Oct. 20, at 12:30, 2:30, 4:30pm
Saturday, Oct. 21, at 12:30, 2:30, 4:30pm
Other events scheduled to celebrate the new building:
- BANDALOOP Workshop/Conversation Wednesday, Oct. 18, 7:30pm, Babson College’s Carling-Sorenson Theater
Architects, Steven Kieran and Michael Van Valkenburgh of the award-winning architectural firm, Kieran Timberlake – Panel discussion, Thursday, Oct. 18, Pendleton West, 5:00pm
“The Storm of Creativity,” a lecture by Kyna Leski – Thursday, Oct. 19, Pendleton West, 7:30pm
!hope Works by Augusta Read Thomas – Performed by Wellesley College Chamber Singers and Parker Quartet – Friday, Oct. 20, Pendleton West, 1:00, 3:00, and 5:00pm
Wellesley College Theatre – Performs songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda from fall show, Working, Friday, Oct. 20, Pendleton West, 2:00pm
About the new Pendleton West:
Pendleton was named for Wellesley’s first alumna president, Ellen Pendleton, class of 1886, who served as College president for 25 years. The building housed the sciences when it opened in 1934. The word “Chemistry,” engraved over the main entrance, remains. The extensive overhaul of the building, begun in 2015, encompassed the renovation of existing space and the creation of an approximately 10,000-square-foot addition, accessible entries to the Academic Quad, and bridges and passages that connect Pendleton West to the Jewett Arts Center. The addition also features green roofs that will be visible from adjacent buildings.
New features include a music salon and large music hall, rehearsal spaces, art studios, and faculty and staff offices to accommodate the needs of traditional and emerging media programs, including printmaking, painting and drawing, paper making, woodworking and metal sculpture, photography, video, and digital arts.