The Boston Globe | By John Hilliard
May 9, 2017
Newton officials are preparing to unveil plans by a developer to erect a hotel, restaurant, and affordable housing in the area of the former Newton Centre branch library, Mayor Setti Warren said Monday.
The proposed project, a short distance from the MBTA Green Line, addresses several needs identified by city officials, including bringing more diverse housing and business activity into Newton’s village centers.
Stuart Rothman, president of First Cambridge Realty Corporation, has proposed building a three-story structure with six affordable apartments on city-owned land behind the vacant former library at 1294 Centre St.
Rothman would also build a four-story, 57-room hotel on an adjacent piece of land he owns at 39 Herrick Rd.
The library building itself would house a 2,500-square-foot restaurant or cafe with 85 to 90 seats run by chef Rachel Klein, along with a community space for public use. An underground parking garage would include 24 spaces, plus nine above-ground parking spots.
“We believe it will increase the vitality of Newton Centre, increase the commercial tax base, and meet a need in Newton for affordable housing for children and families,” Warren said in an interview.