Wellesley residents working to maintain the character of Wellesley Square – while promoting responsible and sustainable development – have organized the “ Rescue Wellesley Square” initiative. Their goal is to protect Wellesley Square from the negative impacts of multiple, luxury high-rises in this neighborhood that have consequences for the entire town. In recent weeks, they have sounded the alarm through green and white “Rescue Wellesley Square ” signs across town. In particular, they want to raise awareness about the Town’s proposed multi-story, urbanized development for the Tailby and Railroad parking lots on town property. This latest proposal comes on the heels of impending significant developments on the corners of Delanson Circle & Linden Street, Weston Road & Linden Street, whose impact is yet to be fully realized. For example, a recent traffic report released by the Town, indicated that the intersection of Weston Road and Linden Street received an “F” grade because this intersection is at overcapacity – and construction has not even started on the Weston and Delanson Circle projects.
Since this small committee of 8 individuals began meeting in mid-June, and despite the challenges associated with the pandemic, more than 120 additional residents have reached out to the committee. We hope to continue our engagement with the larger community to increase resident awareness of these impending projects, to promote dialogue, share concerns, and inspire participation.
In addition to the anticipated increase in traffic congestion, reduced parking access, local business impact, environmental and safety concerns these urban projects pose, the committee to Rescue Wellesley Square feel these multi-year construction projects do not appear to adequately address the affordable housing concerns for the town. To learn more or get involved, please visit our website at www.rescuewellesleysquare.com.