Well, I think the question is, who is the “neighborhood” here, since the square is more an intersection of different hoods. I’ve lived here for a year and a half, so haven’t been to enough development and other community-related meetings to have a strong feel for what to expect. Based on the meetings I have been to, though, my guess is there will beAs a Rozzie resident myself, I'm not sure it will take a lot of heat, actually. Roslindale in general and the Square in particular are now filled with people who want a dense, walkable, and lively neighborhood. If you want proof: Turtle Swamp recently held an abutters meeting, as it's attempting to turn what is now a temporary beer garden in the substation into a permanent operation. Not a single person spoke up in opposition. Not one.
- some young folks who support more density and less cars
- other young-ish and middle aged folks (“first wave” arrivers, but non-true-rozzie “locals”) who will be the most vociferously opposed and base this on gentrification fears (this is exactly what every JP meeting is like - the loudest voices for fighting off any development are people who were responsible for the seeds of gentrification, 20+ years ago, and feel they have extra claims on preserving things the way they like them - I can’t blame them, but that’s how it goes), and
- a few locally born locals and a few commercial tenants who might have some minor concerns over parking competition...
Bronson, I think if this project were anywhere but the Square proper - even one block north or south, where there is more residential parking needs (or, if you wish, “needs”), there would be more opposition. I’m amazed that Turtle Swamp sailed through, although that’s a bit of a different case... since it was in desperation out of failure to lease a permanent tenant that two pop-up, time-limited tap rooms have gone through there, with the second one subsequently morphing into permanence... And, since it’s affiliated with a brewery, I believe Turtle Swamp remains subject to all the (unfortunate) restrictions on serving hours that affect breweries in this wonderfully business-friendly state. If the substation site had started off with a proposal for a permanent establishment that served alcohol, there might’ve been some more opposition than this atypical and blurry process. Anyway, there was sure a lot of feisty opposition to the weed shop on South Street, so I can’t say everyone is “totally chill” here... sigh... are they anywhere?