Mugar Developer Presentation

Thursday, May 21st, 7-9pm
Hardy School gym

The would-be developer of the Mugar site in East Arlington will present its concept in a public meeting on Thursday at 7pm at the Hardy School.

Oaktree Development has proposed a 219-unit residential complex with parking for 300 cars on the site which abuts Route 2, Thorndike Field and many East Arlington neighborhood streets.  The project would take advantage of the state Chapter 40B process which bypasses certain local bylaws and concerns in exchange for providing slightly more affordable housing than Arlington’s inclusionary zoning bylaw would otherwise require.

The developer has reported that it will make a powerpoint presentation of the goals of the proposal and will include information from a civil engineer, naturalist, architect and traffic engineer.

This event is hosted by the developer.

Arlington Land Trust continues to advocate for the permanent protection of the Mugar parcel as conservation land.

The site lies almost entirely in the 100-year flood plain of Alewife Brook, is subject to regular and significant flooding, and is a critical stormwater buffer for the surrounding and downstream neighborhoods of East Arlington.  


Friends of Spy Pond Park Work Day

Saturday, May 23rd, 9am-1pm

Join us for a Work Day to clean up the park and re-establish native plants throughout. You too can help to control erosion and maintain the natural balance and beauty of the park.

Volunteers of all ages, come help us maintain fern and wildflower beds, eliminate invasive plants, and weed out tree saplings around Spy Pond.

Teens can earn community service points, and kids can work alongside parents.  Even if you have limited time, please join us. A surprising amount of noxious false indigo can be chopped down in a half-hour!

Meet by the playground at Pond Lane. Bring water to drink, gloves and garden tools, or use ours. All volunteers must sign the Workday Waiver Form each season.  Details are available on the Friends of Spy Pond Park website.  Rain date May 24th, 1-4pm.

RSVP to Lally Stowell by email or at 781.777.2759.

This event is hosted by the Friends of Spy Pond Park.   


Mugar Coalition Forming

In response to recent reports of a new development proposal for the site, a Coalition to Save the Mugar Wetlands is forming.  Groups and individuals throughout Arlington and beyond are expressing interest in joining the effort.
For more information please visit the Coalition’s facebook page.

The Alewife “Great Swamp” in 1866
Mugar parcel outlined in orange