NEWTON, MA — The Northland development project in Newton’s Upper Falls – the city’s largest in recent memory – was approved Monday night.

This project will transform 23 drab acres of old parking lots, an outdated shopping plaza and industrial buildings into desperately needed homes, amenity-rich office space and eight new parks,” said Newton-Needham Regional Chamber President Greg Reibman. “I applaud our city leaders and the developer on this collaborative effort, which will bring workforce housing, jobs and economic vitality to our region and new tax revenue to the city.”

Northland Investment Corporation’s project would transform three parcels in a 22.6 acre area that includes the old mill factory near the corner of Needham and Oak streets into 800 units of apartments, including 140 deemed affordable. It would also be home to a spray park and a number of business, restaurant and office space and a shuttle service to link the area to the MBTA in an effort to attract non-drivers.

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