The three Newton City Councilors representing Ward 5 submitted the following column to the TAB and have shared with constituents via email.

We are the three Newton City Councilors representing Ward 5 including Newton Upper Falls. We are writing to explain why we voted for the Northland Newton Development and why we are opposed to the proposed referendum. We urge you NOT to sign the petitions being circulated.

We voted for the Northland development because we believe it is an excellent plan which will greatly enhance Newton Upper Falls. In our discussions with Needham Street neighbors over the last 10 years, we have found no one who thinks that 22 acres of paved property with abandoned industrial buildings is what best serves Newton here. Prior commercial development plans ignored and offered nothing to the neighborhood.

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