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Town of Arlington Open Space Plan, 2007-2014










Protecting land for

Arlington's future



ALT Annual Meeting


Tuesday, January 27, 2015   7-9 pm

Senior Center, 27 Maple Street, Arlington


Many Lives of a Landscape:

Colorful Changes Through the Centuries at

"Symmes Hospital Hill"


Enjoy a fast-paced, illustrated history of land use at the former site of Symmes Hospital, home to day to the Arlington 360 residential development, the BrightView assisted living complex, two public parks and protected woodland.


Presenter Richard A Duffy is a popular regional historian, author and ALT member who presented the fascinating history of Elizabeth Island at our annual meeting and celebration in January 2011.


We’ll share some refreshments and some successes of the past year, and look forward to the work ahead in 2015.


Please join us!


Community Preservation Act adopted by Arlington!


At the November election, Arlington's voters opted to join 158 other communities in adopting the Community Preservation Act.


About the Community Preservation Act

In September 2000, Governor Paul Cellucci signed the Community Preservation Act (CPA) into law. The Act is "a smart growth tool that helps communities preserve open space and historic sites, create affordable housing, and develop outdoor recreational facilities. CPA also helps strengthen the state and local economies by expanding housing opportunities and construction jobs for the Commonwealth's workforce, and by supporting the tourism industry through preservation of the Commonwealth's historic and natural resources." This summary comes from the Community Preservation Coalition's website at


To date 159 of the 351 Massachusetts towns and cities have adopted the Act, which is a local option tax on property taxes. This year the state match is about 31% percent. This means that for every $1 raised locally, the state will contribute more than 31 cents toward the community's designated projects.


Over the past 13 years, close to $1.2 billion has been raised for community preservation projects, and over 6,600 initiatives have been approved. Among the results: over 7,300 affordable housing units have been created or aided; more than 19,000 acres of open space have been preserved; and over 3,200 historic preservation projects have been started.


How can the CPA help Arlington? It could provide an incentive to negotiate a sale of the Mugar land as a park or as open space to provide flood storage. It could be used to renovate the historic Jefferson Cutter House, which is the home of the Cyrus E. Dallin Museum. It could provide funds for improvements at the Old Schwamb Mill. It could assist the Housing Corporation of Arlington in their work to provide more affordable housing for Arlington residents.



For other questions please contact ALT Vice President Clarissa Rowe at 781-643-3156 or email