Newton is currently considering a change that would allow food trucks to operate at the Wells Avenue section of the N2 Innovation District, providing much-needed culinary options for employees and customers there.
The proposed ordinance is the result of research by the Newton Planning Department and the Newton Economic Development Commission, which interviewed employers located in the park. The answer came back loud and clear from those business owners: we need more walkable food options.
Food trucks have emerged as a powerful part of the innovation and culinary ecosystem in the Boston area and offer an opportunity to increase the quality of life within the N2 Innovation District.
Needham allows food truck to operate in the Needham Crossing section of the N2 Innovation District. Trucks presently serve workers there on Thursdays and Fridays.
Newton’s ordinance was docketed by City Councilors Ruthanne Fuller, David Kalis, Richard Lipof, Theodore Hess Mahan, Scott Lennon, Emily Norton, and Amy Sangiolo.
“We believe that the time is right to bring food trucks into our city’s only office park. As Wells Avenue property owners envision a revitalization of the office park, as we seek to recruit businesses that fit in with the character of our city, as we continue to build the foundation for an innovation economy,” wrote EDC Chair Joyce Plotkin in a letter to the council.
“We believe that food trucks in Wells Avenue are a necessary addition that help to make Newton an attractive and competitive location for business.”
A vote by city council is expected before the end of the year.