Letter to the Editor: Selectmen Fail to Honor Center Reconstruction Process

Photo: Belmont Center.  (Note: This letter was originally sent to the Belmont Board of Selectmen.) I am disturbed and outraged to learn that Belmont Center Reconstruction Plan A was overturned at the last minute for Plan B, decreasing the size of the green space and surrounding it with traffic, just because of a small group […]

Last-Second Fiddling Reverts Belmont Center ‘Green’ Back to an Island

Photo: The “access” road in front on Belmont Savings Bank. The planning took four year to finalize, the blueprints were drawn, the contractors hired and the work underway. And for those who worked to bring the Belmont Center Reconstruction project to fruition, it appeared that all that was left was for a ribbon cutting late in the […]

Belmont Center Reconstruction Begins This Week

Photo: The sign of the times. The large electric sign along Concord Avenue near Belmont High School proclaims: “Belmont Center Const,” “Seek Alt. Routes” and “Expect Delays.”  The warning is the first tangible sign of the beginning of the $2.8 million Belmont Center Reconstruction Project starting this week with prep work for the actual construction to […]

Watertown Firm To Head Belmont Center Reconstruction Project

Photo: What the completion of the Belmont Center Reconstruction project. The Belmont Board of Selectmen on Wednesday, April 9, awarded Watertown’s Charles Contracting Company a nearly $3 million contract to complete the Belmont Center Reconstruction Project slated to be completed by the end of this year’s construction season. “I’ve worked with them in the late […]

Special Town Meeting Approves $2.8 Million Belmont Center Project

Photo: Selectmen Chair Andy Rojas presenting the Belmont Center Reconstruction Project to the Special Town Meeting, Monday, Nov. 17. In the end, Belmont’s Special Town Meeting decided a renovated Belmont Center was worth the $2.8 million price tag, no matter the funding scheme. After more than three hours of presentation, analysis and debate, the Town […]

Town Meeting Amendment Challenges Belmont Center Project Financing Plan

Special Town Meeting just got a whole lot more interesting. Rather than the option of simply accepting or rejecting the financing plan for the $2.8 million Belmont Center Reconstruction Project, the 290 Town Meeting Members now have an alternative to the town-created “free cash” proposal. Read the project’s highlights here James Williams of Glenn Road and Precinct 1 submitted […]

The Why and How of Paying for Belmont Center’s ‘Facelift’ Debated Before Town Meeting

After town officials gave a lengthy, detailed explanation of the financing and work proposed for the $2.8 million Belmont Center reconstruction project, Town Meeting Member Ed Kuzanjian came to the microphone and asked the assembled officials at the Nov. 6 warrant briefing held at the Beech Street Center one question. Why? “What are we getting for the money?” […]

Town Proposes Using Free Cash Twice to Pay for Belmont Center Project

Town Meeting members will be asked next month to dip twice into the town’s “savings” account to pay for the long-awaited facelift of Belmont Center’s traffic and parking design. Under a proposal derived by town officials and Belmont’s Treasurer Floyd Carman who presented the plan to the Belmont Board of Selectmen Wednesday, Oct. 29, the […]

Special Town Meeting Limited to Belmont Center Reconstruction Pay Plan

That was quick! Belmont’s Special Town Meeting, scheduled for Monday, Nov. 17, will be a singular affair as town officials set an extremely tight window for residents to add anything else to the warrant. The warrant, which is the agenda of items to be brought before and voted on by Town Meeting members, was officially open for a single […]

Taxpayers Likely on Hook for $2.6 Million Belmont Center Re-Do

At first glance, Belmont appears to love the future look of Belmont Center. The proposal including refurbished roads, new sidewalks, more parking, a new greens-space “common” and modern electronic parking plan was presented to 60 residents during a Town Hall meeting held Monday, Sept. 8 as town officials reintroduced the four-year Belmont Center Reconstruction Project. “A […]