Inside Arlington

Experimental News Digest for Arlington, MA

Real Estate

  • Redevelopment Board, June 10, 2024

    The board discussed the postponement of the presentation for changes to the Atwood House, highlighting that the full environmental design review and special permit submission will now be expected on July 1, 2024. Additionally, they revisited the proposed hotel project at 1207 to 1211 Massachusetts Avenue. Continue reading

  • Zoning Board of Appeals, May 28, 2024

    The board approved special permits for properties at 165 Franklin Street, 36 Peabody Road, 70 Robbins Road, and 57 Beacon Street, and postponed hearings for 84 Hillside Avenue and 49 Valentine Road to June 25, 2024, focusing on driveway and parking issues respectively. After extensive deliberation, a special permit for 3840 Milton Street was approved with conditions and clarifications to maintain neighborhood character and meet open space requirements. Continue reading

  • Zoning Board of Appeals, May 14, 2024

    The Zoning Board of Appeals approved several additions, highlighting a trend towards expanding residential living spaces while maintaining neighborhood character. Continue reading

  • Zoning Board of Appeals, April 30, 2024

    The Arlington Board of Appeals unanimously approved a variance for a home addition at 529 Summer Street to accommodate a growing family and approved a special permit for a large addition to a home at 30 Mayflower Road, finding it harmonious with the neighborhood and in compliance with zoning bylaws. Continue reading

  • Redevelopment Board, April 29, 2024

    Board members unanimously approved amendments to the zoning bylaw, specifically removing the “inland wetland district” from overlay districts, and endorsed a zoning bylaw amendment for multifamily housing overlay districts that includes approving the map as directed by the attorney general’s office. Continue reading

  • Zoning Board of Appeals, April 09, 2024

    The board granted a continuance for the 165 Franklin Street project to allow the applicants to revise their proposal and address community concerns regarding the project’s harmony with the neighborhood, particularly its height and size. Continue reading

  • Redevelopment Board, April 08, 2024

    The Arlington Redevelopment Board unanimously approved the installation of a dormer and exit gate at 64 Brooks Avenue. Additionally, progress was made on the Arlington Heights Business District. Continue reading

  • Redevelopment Board, April 01, 2024

    The board unanimously approved changes to the Redevelopment Board Rules and Regulations, particularly Rules 18 and 20, concerning photographic submissions and special site conditions, and prepared their report for the 2024 Annual Town Meeting with amendments and terminology clarifications. Continue reading

  • Zoning Board of Appeals, March 26, 2024

    The Zoning Board of Appeals reviewed and recommended several zoning bylaw changes, including modifications to “attached” and “detached” building definitions and reduced height buffers between properties in different zoning districts. Continue reading

  • Redevelopment Board, March 18, 2024

    The board discussed upcoming amendments to several zoning bylaws, agreeing unanimously to clarify building definitions (Article 25) and voting 3 to 2 to require trees be planted to minimize heat islands in larger parking lots (Article 30). Continue reading


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