Waltham City Council Votes To Take Stigmatine Property For HS
It was a 10 to 4 vote after more than three hours in a closed-door session.
WALTHAM, MA — Waltham City Council voted to take the Stigmatine property by eminent domain to use for the new High School.
The vote on Monday night to take the 46 acres of land owned by the religious order came after the years of controversy surrounding the property’s future. City Council members went into a closed-door session, the last such session scheduled before the summer, to discuss strategy related to the high school. They were supposed to come out by 7:30 p.m. to hold an open session. Instead, after three hours in executive session they came out with an announcement. There would be a vote in open session.
The final vote was 10 to 4. And the room went wild. Many of the people who had packed the room three hours earlier to show they were eager for an outcome, mostly in favor of the Stigmatine Property on Lincoln Street, cheered, giving the news a standing ovation.
The four councilors who voted against the proposal were Councilors Diane LeBlanc and Bob Logan along Dan Romard and Carlos Vidal. [They published the names only of those who said NO. I wonder why?]
This comes after years of back and forth on just where to place the new high school and multiple clear statements from the Stigmatines saying they did not wish to sell.