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Scrap Metal Business on City Council Agenda

Residents have spoken out about the business, slated for 1095R Main St., saying that it will attract criminals to Woburn, especially North Woburn.

Woburn City Hall. Photo credit: Patch file photo.
Woburn City Hall. Photo credit: Patch file photo.

A plan to open a scrap metal business on Main Street is on the Woburn City Council agenda on Tuesday night.

Residents have spoken out about the business, slated for 1095R Main St., saying that it will attract criminals to Woburn, especially North Woburn.

Opponents of the plan are pointing to a new report by The Council of State Governments Knowledge Center about scrap metal theft, which it called “one of the fastest-growing crimes in the United States.” 

Alderman Mike Raymond, who represents North Woburn, said the business will be open for people to drop off scrap metal six days a week. On his website, he warns that trucks will descend on Woburn from surrounding communities.

“Think of all the truck traffic, not to mention the criminal element this will attract to our neighborhoods.  There is nothing that our City will gain from allowing this business to operate,” said Raymond.

“This business will be more detrimental to our City, especially North Woburn.  This business will further destabilize an already challenged neighborhood dealing with the 40B Ledges site,” he added.

The final vote is expected to take place on Tuesday. 

Ellie June 18, 2014 at 07:09 AM
Last night council meeting. Scrap metal. Petition. Withdrawn without prejudice Good for no, Woburn
Linda June 18, 2014 at 09:13 AM
Great for North Woburn, but probably not the end.
Ellie June 18, 2014 at 12:39 PM
Linda. Why would you think it's not over. Just curious.
Linda June 18, 2014 at 02:13 PM
Withdrawn without prejudice...in other words for whatever reason it was withdrawn a new petition could be heard in the future, without prejudice.
Ellie June 18, 2014 at 03:12 PM
O. I see. I didn't know it could come up again. Thank you

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