NEWTON — Northland Investment Corp.’s proposed development in Upper Falls will move forward after city councilors Monday night approved 800 apartments, 180,000 square feet of office space, and 115,000 square feet of retail and community space in what will become the largest project of its kind in Newton’s history.
In separate votes, the City Council approved a special permit and zoning changes for the project, which will consist of 14 buildings across more than 22 acres at the intersection of Needham and Oak streets.
In each vote, the result was the same: 17 councilors in favor and seven against.
Peter Standish, Northland’s senior vice president, said in a statement that the outcome was “a testament to the exhaustive and collaborative efforts” of city officials and community stakeholders, “all of whom helped to vet and shape this visionary mixed-use master plan.”
“We look forward to proceeding quickly to make this vision a reality,” Standish said.
The project has the support of Mayor Ruthanne Fuller, along with several local civic groups including the environmental organization Green Newton, the pro-affordable housing group Engine 6, the Newton Housing Partnership, the League of Women Voters of Newton, and the Newton-Needham Regional Chamber.
Greg Reibman, the chamber’s president, praised Monday’s council votes in a statement: “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.”