Meetings planned for Newton Centre, West Newton projects

Newton city officials are inviting residents to neighborhood meetings on a pair of projects aimed at supporting two local village centers.

In Newton Centre, officials are working on reuse of the former library at 1294 Centre St., including affordable housing, a restaurant, and a hotel near the MBTA Green Line.

First Cambridge Realty Corporation has proposed building six affordable apartments on city-owned land, plus a hotel on an adjoining property he owns on Herrick Road. The existing library building, erected in 1927, would become a restaurant.


“We really want to make sure that Newton Centre continues to be vital, great place,” said Mayor Setti Warren during a public announcement of the project earlier this year.

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The neighborhood meeting is set for Thursday, Nov. 30, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Lutheran Church of the Newtons at 1310 Centre St. in Newton Centre.

In West Newton Square, officials are working to upgrade roads and sidewalks, and are planning improved traffic signals, safer bike lanes, and tree plantings to make the area more attractive to pedestrians.

City officials have said that West Newton is among the worst clusters for car crashes in the Boston metropolitan region. In 2016, a vehicle crash at Sweet Tomatoes Pizza left two people dead and several others injured.

Residents can meet with the project team on the West Newton Square project at L’Aroma Cafe on Tuesday, Nov. 28, from 4 to 6 p.m. at 15 Spencer St. in West Newton.

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