Development of the Spence Farm Field at 30 Wyman St

The first Planning Board Meeting for this 33 house development will be held on Tuesday Sept. 10 at 7:00 PM at City Hall.  This will be an important meeting to demonstrate that the neighborhood is concerned about flooding and other environmental impacts.  If you have concerns please come and voice them or just attend to show you support. For more information about the three new developments along Wyman St. visit our website at https://sites.google.com/site/savespencefarm/

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William September 09, 2013 at 05:05 PM
I can't attend the meeting but I say...Build away. The Water table has been shot ever since they put in the parking lot at the showcase cinimas. I would rather they build high-end homes than have the builder pull the section 8 card out and force the community support more low income housing.
Vince Grillo September 09, 2013 at 09:08 PM
Hi William, I can’t disagree with you. But please don’t misunderstand, we are not trying to prevent this development, we only wish to assure that the drainage engineering plans are as fully adequate to prevent the worsening of neighborhood flooding. As you have rightly pointed out, that was the case with the cinema parking lot, but also with the Murray Rd. extension and Rose Farm as well. There are currently three developments being planned on Wyman St. totaling about sixty new houses, that’s a lot of water displacement. We just want the engineering design to be the best it can be. For more information about these developments you can visit our website at https://sites.google.com/site/savespencefarm/
Janet Levesque September 09, 2013 at 11:16 PM
Hi Vince - it is unfortunate that the mayor did not exercise the city's right of first refusal on that property and build a school on a small section and leave the rest for open space. You would not have to worry about a developer who wants to cram houses on every available inch of land with the resulting drainage issues. You would have had at least the summers free of all traffic and the entrance could be from the other side so that there wouldn't be any traffic impact at all. Now he talks about taking the Mormon land by eminent domain when he could have bought either parcel for a fraction and you wouldn't have 60 houses. What a wonderful outdoor classroom the farmland would have made, encouraging young people to respect and cherish open space and the environment. How sad for the neighborhood and the residents down there to be inundated with more houses. We need fields not homes in Woburn.
Vince Grillo September 10, 2013 at 07:42 AM
Hi Janet, Thank you for your interest. I agree that it would have been a good idea for the city to purchase that parcel, but with all the competing projects I do not think the city council would have voted for it at the time. But it was the mayor who stepped in and gave us the chance to convince the council to approve the meals tax and the purchase of the first parcel and Whispering Hill. Priorities seemed to have changed and now the Mormon site makes more sense from a flooding prospective since it is already paved. We know some on the council, and have heard that some candidates, are in favor of using the current city owned parcel for the new school. THAT would really be sad for the neighborhood and for the community as a whole.


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