East Campus Project
Modified plan following neighbor input
- The Parking lot will have a devastating effect on traffic.
- Belmont Hill is bulldozing 7 acres of woodland.
- Belmont Hill claims the Dover Amendment justifies this project.
- Belmont Hill School is using the Dover Amendment to override the town zoning by-laws.
- The lot will have 100,000 sq ft of pavement. Compare it to the 60,000 ft. Star Market lot in Waverley Square ― the Belmont Hill lot is more than 50% larger.
- The lot will become a heat island, generate pollution and noise, and push out the native wildlife.
- The town removed 90 spaces from the Belmont High School. This resulted in more carpooling and public transportation use.
- Belmont Hill should discourage students from driving to school, and encourage carpooling and bicycle use.
- Neighbors of Belmont Hill have no issues with Belmont Hill guests or students parking on their residential streets.
Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
- December 1, 2021 - Hybrid meeting with Belmont Hill School project team. Attended by approximately 100 neighbors, the Director of Community Development, two Town Meeting members and a member of the Warrant Committee.
- January 6, 2022 – Spring 2022. Rutledge Road/Prospect St Neighbors met with Head of School, Greg Schneider, and continued their conversation throughout the Spring of 2022.
- May 25, 2022 - Belmont Hill School project team met with six Rutledge Road/Prospect Street neighbors to review changes.
- May 27, 2022 - Belmont Hill School project team met with three Marsh Street area neighbors to review changes.
Out of these meetings and conversations, additional improvements and accommodations were made through multiple redesign before our application was submitted to the Town. The most significant change was the relocation of the entrance to the east parking lot in an effort to alleviate concern of vehicle headlights. The School purchased the property at 20 Park Avenue at a cost of $1+ million to allow for this redesigned parking lot entrance. An illustration of the before and after plan appears below.
Based on neighbor feedback, Belmont Hill increased the distance between the lot and abutting yards. The height of the proposed fence was raised and divided into sections to support wildlife movement.
Our Commitment as Neighbors
Since the School’s founding in 1923, Belmont Hill has worked hard to be good neighbors and devoted citizens of the Town of Belmont. This begins with our commitment to Belmont youth sports programs, which enjoy the use of our playing fields, gymnasiums, ice rinks, and meeting spaces completely free of charge. Many Belmont community organizations also use our meeting spaces at no cost. The School has for many years run popular Sports Camps as well as a Summer School. We offer all Belmont residents a 15 percent discount for each of these programs, which combined benefits approximately 300 girls and boys each year.
Additionally, Belmont Hill has always opened our track and playing fields for our neighbors. It is common to see Belmont residents on our campus enjoying the wide open space of our fields. On Sundays during the winter, we welcome neighbors for an “open skate” in our ice rink.
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Belmont Planning Board Meetings
Meeting agendas and Zoom links for remote access are provided on the Town of Belmont Planning Board page.
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