WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2014/2015

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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and students would be available to the community, which might even serve as "a center for research on older people." By the mid 1980s, Nan Keohane had become president of Wellesley and fast-tracked the idea by appointing a Trustee Committee, chaired by former Wellesley resi- dent Barbara Levings. "After a thorough review, we selected a prominent Boston developer (Longwood Retirement Associates) who offered an attractive package to the college for a continuing care retirement community," recalls Levings. "At that time the Boston area had only Carleton-Willard and a fledgling North Hill." As Levings' committee moved forward, arranging for test borings on the former town dump site, looking into building a bridge over the railroad tracks, and even announcing a partnership with Harvard Community Health Corporation, details of the plan became known to the town. Objections erupted concerning loss of open space, increased 89 w i n t e r 2 0 1 4 / 2 0 1 5 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e Several hundred townspeople turned out when Wellesley College explained its decision to sell or lease its 46.77 acres north of Route 135. D I A N E S P E A R E T R I A N T

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