Case Estates

As of June 8, 2016 the Town of Weston finally owns the Case Estates, a process that took 10 years to accomplish.

Since the closing and the completion of the remediation work taken on by Harvard, the Town has completed some site work utilizing the remaining appropriations from the original Town Meeting vote. This work included:
  • partial remediation work on Parcel 9
  • cleared much of the underbrush and invasive plants
  • restoring many of the fields and meadows, and developing conservation easements to preserve the Hillcrest Corridor
  • removed dead and overgrown trees and planted several new trees along Wellesley, Newton and Ash streets
  • studying a walking path connecting existing trails to Ash Street reservoir
  • developing the Legacy Trail (from Weston's 300th anniversary) and new Summer House, with anticipated construction in the summer of 2018
  • developing the zoning for residential lots for the existing buildings
  • assessing the condition of the existing buildings and maintaining them from further damage
Additional detail on some of these projects can be found below.

Draft Master Plan

The master plan (below) is only a draft, as there are no appropriations in place for its full implementation. The plan acts as a guideline so that the work that is currently funded will not conflict with the potential future uses of the property.

The funds that are currently on hand are from a past appropriation and the Weston300 fundraising efforts for the Legacy Trail. These will cover the following:
  • Tree planting along Wellesley, Newton and Ash streets
  • Improvements to an existing path to create the "Legacy Trail" leading from the parking lot at the Community Center to the hilltop where a new Summer House is contemplated
  • The design and construction of a replacement Summer House

Tree Planting

The Town engaged Mountain View Landscape to plant 44 trees and shrubs on the Case Estates land.  Selected trees include several red oaks, Norway spruces, and a dawn redwood. These were planted along the roadways of Ash and Wellesley streets. Flowering witch hazel and cherry trees were installed along the “nose” area across from Case House and are visible from Newton Street.  Cedars and dawn redwoods were planted near property lines to provide some screening to abutters. The planting details are included in the planting plan below:

Property Maintenance

The Conservation Commission completed the final Phase I property maintenance, which involved removing numerous dead/dying trees and other vegetation growing along rock walls. The Commission intends to intensively mow the area for the next couple of years until the invasives are in check.

The Town is still working on trail design (creating an ADA accessible path, planning for a walkway/sidewalk that will link Weston Reservoir to the Case Estates, and mowing a network of field trails). Look for these improvements occurring within a year.

The Draft Plan

On September 29, 2016, Landscape Architect Thomas Wirth presented a master plan for the Case Estates to help future planning of the land. His drawing can be found below. This plan was shaped by the following:
On March 12, 2016, Selectman Michael Harrity hosted a public hearing to provide an overview and update on the land and to solicit feedback from residents. The Selectmen engaged Mr. Wirth to review the land in conjunction with past recommendations from two former committees (those reports can be found on the right) in order to help the Town understand the land potential. 

On June 18, 2016 Selectman Harrity and Mr. Wirth hosted a public visioning session 
to begin the visioning and planning of the 62.5 acres of historic open land and buildings that finally belong to the Town. 

Draft Master Plan - click to enlarge

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