Soon after it was first founded over forty years ago, the Needham Heights Neighborhood Association (NHNA) took a prominent role on two controversial issues: one in opposition to the construction of Wingate, and the other in opposition to a proposal to build a supermarket at the site of the Carter Mill building. After those issues became less prominent, and over the course of many years, the organization gradually decreased its activities and by 2000 had become largely dormant. In approximately 2010, a few remaining individuals associated with the NHNA decided to attempt to reboot the organization and in 2014, the organization was formally revived on the records of the Massachusetts Secretary of State.
In its more recent incarnation, NHNA has not taken positions on specific proposals before the town. Rather, our activity has focused on hosting multiple public programs to educate, inform and engage the Needham Heights community and all of Needham to enhance and protect the residential character and livability of the neighborhood and to ensure that the Heights continues to be an attractive community in which to live and do business.
Our programs have included community discussions on the Add-a-Lane construction project, the Highland Avenue/Needham Street corridor reconstruction project, the possible re-opening of the Carter Mill/Avery Manor building and – in January 2020 – proposed new zoning relating to the Muzi auto dealership and WCVB TV parcels collectively known as “Highway Commercial 1,” a revised version of which is expected to come before Annual Town Meeting this year. NHNA is pleased with the vigorous discussion and enhanced understanding our events have generated.
Consistent with our current and primary role in promoting greater awareness and deeper understanding of issues affecting the Heights, NHNA has not taken and is not taking a position on current proposed Highway Commercial 1 rezoning. Nonetheless, we continue to strongly encourage residents and other stakeholders to follow and delve deeper into this and other proposals, to dispel ambiguities and/or misinformation, and to engage in open, respectful and on-going dialogue with our neighbors and fellow citizens.
As always, we welcome and invite your involvement in the NHNA.