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Prospect Hill Park and Antico Tower

The Waltham Land Trust is pleased that the Waltham Zoning Board of Appeals has narrowly upheld the Building Inspector's cease and desist order regarding the communications tower abutting Prospect Hill Park. Check back soon to read the latest article here. The WLT has been concerned about this tower for some time. For background, read our letter we provided to Mayor McCarthy, each Waltham City Councillor, the Waltham Recreation Department, and the Waltham News Tribune in April, 2015. A copy of the letter was given to the Waltham Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) at a public hearing in July.

At the September 15 continuation of the July hearing, the following statement from the Waltham Land Trust Board of Directors was read:

The Waltham Land Trust seeks restoration of damage to the park and an end to the use of our public park for tower access and support. Legal or not, we don't understand how this residential use became commercial without zone changes, permits, or variances.

The case was continued two more times, on November 24 and January 26, when the following statement was submitted to the ZBA Chair to enter into the record:

The Waltham Land Trust Board of Directors strongly urges the Zoning Board of Appeals to vote on the Antico matter this evening. The parties have indicated that whoever loses the ZBA case will take it to Massachusetts Court, causing further delays. The negative impacts this commercial communications tower have had on the City of Waltham's first and largest public park have gone ignored long enough. Please vote against this appeal--tonight.

About two dozen people attended the ZBA public hearing on February 9th. Many thanks to those of you who came to that meeting and all the others!

The cases are all now in Mass Land Court, where the public is not invited. We'll do our best to learn what's happening and keep folks informed.

For more information, you can read this article, this article, this article, this article, and this article from 1/27/2016 in the Waltham Tribune about the ZBA and various lawsuits regarding the tower. Here are some pictures of the encroachment onto Prospect Hill Park.

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