The City of Beacon is forming a committee to advise us regarding the Transit Oriented Development and TOD related issues, including zoning. Members of the TOD committee will perform research, present ideas and attend public city meetings when the TOD or a TOD related issue are being discussed including; city council, planning board, zoning board, consultant led public meetings, developer led public meetings and public outreach sessions. The committee will function for as long as the TOD related developments require city approvals. If you are interested please call 838-5000 and ask for a “committee application form” or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beacon Citizen Network readers are well informed, but in case you need to know....The TOD is a 22 acre $290 million dollar MTA proposed project that will require the city’s approval to be build. It is located on property owned by the MTA, on the east side of the tracks, which is currently the station parking lot. If the TOD is built, it will become a new waterfront neighborhood that will include a grid work of streets, sidewalks, trees, green squares, shops, apartments, condominiums, offices and a promenade all built on the superstructure of a double deck parking garage. The current draft version of the TOD zone includes 600 residential units in a number of 2-6 story buildings. The first and second story can be commercial space totaling a maximum of 120,000 square feet. In addition to the TOD, the MTA has stated its intention to build 400 additional commuter parking spaces with or without the TOD. (The MTA has the legal authority to add these spaces with limited powers afforded to the city).
The city council is currently working on improvements to the TOD zone and a master plan which if adopted will give the MTA the guidelines it requires to receive proposals from developers in a wide search. After the developer is selected, there will be numerous opportunities for the plan to be shaped to suit the city’s favor before final approval is given. The estimated construction timetable is for 3 equal phases with the earliest to be completed in 2015 and the last after 2020.
This letter is one of several on the subject of the TOD. The next will include potential advantages and disadvantages of the TOD and highlight opportunities for public input.
Thank you, Steve Gold, Mayor