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Newton to hold open house on Riverside plans

Newton officials will hold an open house Sunday, Feb. 10, to kick off a planning effort for the MBTA’s Riverside Station site.

Mark Development and Normandy Real Estate Partners propose a mixed-use housing, office, and retail project that would add hundreds of residential units and two towers along Route 128.

Some residents of Auburndale and Lower Falls have said they are concerned by the proposed project’s size and impact on traffic.

It would incorporate the station’s existing parking lot and the nearby Hotel Indigo, and developers said they would add new highway access and traffic improvements.

The Riverside Visioning Community Open House will be hosted by the Newton Planning Department and Civic Moxie, the city’s consultant for the work.


“A vision plan for the area will assist the City in evaluating future development proposals for the site as well as addressing how to better integrate the site into the greater community,” the city said in a statement posted on the planning effort’s website.

The session will run from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the Williams Elementary School gym at 141 Grove St. in Auburndale. A presentation is scheduled for 5 p.m., according to a flier for the event.

“Participate in a range of work stations to tell us what you’d like to see at the Riverside site in the future,” according to the flier.

The planning effort’s cost is not expected to exceed $100,000 and will be funded by Mark Development, according to the city.

Residents seeking more information about the planning effort can visit www.newtonma.gov/riversidevision or e-mail riverside@newtonma.gov.

John Hilliard can be reached at john.hilliard@globe.com.