Woburn City Council members began discussion during their Tuesday about a Main Street residential building to decide whether or not the property should be considered a public nuisance according to Massachusetts General Laws.
Alderman Richard Gately introduced the petition and aldermen were also given a report from Building Commissioner Thomas Quinn on the building, listed as 141-143 Main Street.
According to Quinn’s site visit, the exterior grounds have overgrown bush and trash overflowing on porches. In addition, Quinn noted residential parking is limited in the back of the property and as a result residents are filling Richardson Street Extension and Richardson Street to park vehicles.
The issues at the multi-family unit were brought to the City Council’s attention after an incident involving a man who was staying in one of the apartments. According to Alderman Rosa DiTucci, a neighboring resident came to speak with a tenant, and the man in turn showed up at the person’s home with a fake rifle.
“It is getting very tense,” said DiTucci.
Gately said the biggest problem with the property is the issue of parking spaces along with loud parties that have been reported in recent months.
The property owners said during the meeting they are considering turning a garden area into parking spaces. Aldermen said, however, that may not be an acceptable option because there is no legal curb cut in that location.
“You can’t be doing what you’re doing,” Gately told the owners. “We’ll help you. But you have to address it. We’re willing to work with you. But you have to be willing to work with us too.”