Ledges of Woburn Update:
To gain a better understanding of the proposed location for the Woburn Ledges 40B project, a site visit was conducted at 1042 Main Street on the afternoon of Tuesday, September 11 by the Board of Appeals (BOA). The BOA, petitioners, lawyers and residents were present. Woburn Public Media Center filmed the event and is now being played on your local cable TV station. Following the site visit the BOA reconvened in Woburn City Hall Council Chambers to conduct the monthly 40B meeting. Highlights of the meeting included final comments from both the petitioners and residents after which the public hearing process closed with no final vote taken. Deliberations will continue at the next meeting scheduled for Thursday, September 20 at 7:00 p.m.
As an Alderman, my responsibility to my constituents on any proposed project is to review and listen to both the petitioner and to the residents so that I can make an informed decision whether or not to approve or reject a project. Early in the review process of the proposed Ledges project I realized unlike any other proposal that I have reviewed that this project would cause serious harm to the health, safety and welfare for the residents and neighborhoods that surround this project. Try and imagine a project of this magnitude in your neighborhood surrounded by homes, two elementary schools, day care center, elderly housing and recreational facilities.
The Ledges proposal is a modification to the original 40B permit that was approved by Court Order in 2006. The modification substantially changes the original project. The differences include; an additional year of blasting (5 days a week), earth and stone removal (418,000cy) and increased truck traffic (32,000 truck trips). Another concern that will affect surrounding residents is the storm water runoff from the project. During a normal rain event the 1042 Main Street location could have as much as 8” of water in front of a poorly designed State drainage system. In a letter dated September 11, 2012 the City of Woburn’s engineering plan reviewer is still not convinced that under certain conditions the Ledges project will not add to this problem.
On Friday, September 28, I will be attending a Chapter 40B Conference in Randolph on the past, present, future and most up-to-date information in the latest developments in the Affordable Housing Law.
I want to thank all of you who were able to attend the site visit and Public Hearing as well as those who watched from your homes. Also, I would like to thank former Mayor McLaughlin, Alderman Gately, Alderman Ditucci, Alderman-at-large Haggerty, State Representative Jim Dwyer and Senator Ken Donnelly for their continued support in speaking at these meetings on behalf of residents not only from North Woburn but for our City as a whole.
The next scheduled BOA meeting for the Ledges project will take place on Thursday, September 20, 2012. Although we will not be able to speak at this meeting our presence will send a clear message to the BOA that we are not in favor of this project. If you have any questions regarding this subject please contact me @ email@example.com or 781-935-2438
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