Future of Cushing Village On Boards’ Agenda Tuesday Night, 969 Days After Town’s OK

Photo: After 969 days, still nothing built at the proposed Cushing Village development. In his 1953 groundbreaking book on sending men to Mars, German/American rocket scientist Werner von Braun estimated it would take 969 days for a spaceship to venture between the two planets, a time span von Braun dubbed “at the breaking point of […]

BREAKING: Selectmen To Review Cushing Village Developer’s Financing, Viability

Photo: Chris Starr before the Planning Board. A day after the developer of the troubled Cushing Village project came before a skeptical and non-committal Belmont Planning Board requesting yet another multi-month extension to close on an important town-owned parking lot, the chair of the Belmont Board of Selectmen said a sudden change in the developer’s […]

With Full Slate, Planning Punts Possible Airbnb Regs to Summer Review

Photo: The Airbnb web page for Belmont. With so much currently on its plate and with little data to move forward on, Belmont’s Planning Board decided to “punt” for now on a review of the town’s bylaws in respect to residents who rent rooms through Airbnb, the popular website for people to list, find and […]

Cushing Village Sets Latest Deadline While Similar Watertown Project Set to Open

Photo: Similiar in many ways to Cushing The Residence Inn by Marriott nearing completion in Watertown. The developer of the long-troubled Cushing Village project – the 164,000 sq.-ft. three-building development approved in July 2013 – told the Planning Board Tuesday night, Jan. 5 that he is really, really close to getting all his ducks lined up to […]

Cushing Village Developer Misses Deadline for [Put Number Here] Time

Photo: The municipal parking lot at Cushing Village is .. still there.  Belmont just received another lump of coal from the developer who promised 30 months ago that he would build a project that “will revitalize Cushing Square and will become a source of pride for all of Belmont.” On Dec. 3, after repeatedly missing […]

ZBA Grounds Airbnb, Punts Internet Lodging to Planning Board

Photo: The room that Joanne Sintiris rents for $85 a night as an Airbnb host. Joanne Sintiris found herself uncomfortably close to the edge of a financial cliff.  A divorce left the Betts Road resident wrestling to make ends meet and seeking some way to make a little extra money.  “I needed some way to […]

A Contrite Developer Promises Action on Long-Delayed Cushing Village

Photo: Developer Chris Starr (photo 2012) Apologetic and contrite, Chris Starr stood before the Belmont Planning Board and said he was sorry. “I can’t begin to tell you how much each of these delays really impacts me,” said Starr. “I’ve seen the frustration of people in Cushing Square, and I’ve seen the residents and the […]

Back Again: Cushing Village to Seek More Changes to Development Permit

Photo: The proposed Cushing Village development (left) and what is currently at the location (right). Only three weeks after receiving an extension allowing it an additional year to construct its long-stalled project, the developers of the troubled Cushing Village residential/commercial/parking complex at Common Street and Trapelo Road will be back once again before the town’s […]

Chair’s Sudden Resignation Has Planning Board Scrambling for New Member

Photo: Mike Battista (right) and current Selectman Sami Baghdady. The sudden and unexpected resignation of the popular chair of the Belmont Planning Board has town officials scrambling to fill that slot just as the board tackles several high-profile tasks. The departure of Mike Battista on Nov. 11 is a significant loss to the board as he takes […]

Cushing Village Returns to Planning Board Tonight as the Developer Speaks Out

Sixteen months after receiving the go ahead to begin constructing the 167,000 square-foot, multi-use development in the heart of Belmont’s Cushing Square, the developer of Cushing Village will be back before the Belmont Planning Board tonight at 7 p.m. in Town Hall.  But don’t expect any major announcements from the first appearance by Smith Legacy Partners […]