In recent months, 427 units of housing have been proposed in a small Brighton neighborhood:
New Balance has proposed 295 units at 125 Guest St. as part of its massive Boston Landing development. The 17-story building abuts the New Balance athletic facility where the Bruins will practice and New Balance's flagship, ship-like building lines the Massachusetts Turnpike.
A few blocks away at 530-580 Western Ave., the Mount Vernon Co. has proposed 132 units of housing on the old Dewalt (Black and Decker) building and the Autobahn USA used car lot.
At a BRA public meeting about New Balance's 125 Guest St. project tonight, 50 members of the Allston/Brighton community voiced concerns that these two developments, when coupled with all construction Harvard is doing along Wester Avenue are stressing the existing city infrastructure - such as Leo Birmingham Parkway and the intersection of Soldiers Field Road and Western Avenue.
New Balance committed to supporting mitigation efforts in these areas, but the intersections in question span roads owned by the city of Boston, DCR, MassDOT and Watertown, a nexus that could muddle efforts for comprehensive traffic planning.
What will happen in Brighton? Who will take ownership to fix the infrastructure? Time will tell.