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Sherlock H. July 18, 2014 at 07:59 AM
If the variances are too many to list here, that's fine, I'm not trying to create work for you, but Read Moreis the Zoning Board application available for review?
Susan July 18, 2014 at 11:05 AM
When I tried to access the request for comprehensive permit online, the link didn't seem to beRead Moreworki ng. There is a great deal of information on the town's website, though. If you haven't seen it already, here is the link: http://www.stoneham-ma.gov/the-commons-at-weiss-farm If you are interested in watching the board of appeals meeting, stonehamtv.org will probably live stream it. I am not a member of the "friends" of Stoneham, but I am a resident, and in that capacity I would like to say that in my opinion, demonstrating that the project is "too big for Stoneham" will be difficult, if not impossible. This is because of the land swap that has been discussed with the developer. The new location would have many, if not all of the same problems.
Paula B Sarno July 20, 2014 at 09:29 AM
Thank you both for your comments on the comprehensive permit by the Corcoran group. The needed Read Morevar iances will hammered out by the ZBA after the public hearing and they make their final decision. As stated by Susan there is the Stoneham Government web site with a specific section on Weiss Farm. There is also a web site for Friends of Stoneham (friendsofstoneham.org), which has information about this development. Traffic studies have been done by the Corcoran Group and are shown in their request for Comprehensive Permit. Their study results are questionable based on the date, time of day and the assumption of the actual number of vehicles in use and expected with 264 apartments and additional town houses at peak hours and non peak hours. Franklin Street is equal to a Chapter 90 access road since it joins two communities (Melrose and Stoneham) and leads to major highways (routes 93 and 128). This is a well-traversed road daily with churches, schools, apartment buildings, single-family homes and small businesses. Public safety of residents of Melrose and Stoneham are serious considerations that the zoning board must factor in on their decision. There are serious concerns about flood control, sedimentation control, erosion and impervious surfaces leading to safety and health issues. It is also of concern that our existing water and sewer mains in this particular area sit upon wooden piles that are 12 to 18 feet deep. The reason for these wooden piles is because of existing poor soil conditions. The demands of The Commons at Weiss Farm will place an excessive burden on an already strained system. Melrose and Stoneham residents in the surround neighborhoods will be affected if improper development is allowed. There are probably more issues that need to be deliberated and input by the residents of Melrose and Stoneham is a definite must. Regarding the proposed land swap that has been mentioned. Corcoran Group is proceeding with the comprehensive permit on the Commons at Weiss Farm. This is the primary area. The consideration of the Stoneham Oaks is not part of this and even if considered requires a very lengthy process since must meet Article 97 of Mass. General Laws and requires a 2/3 vote of the residents of Stoneham at a special town meeting and then a 2/3 vote of the State Legislature. One must also consider the actual value of the real estate being considered and the cost as any funds paid to the community in the development of the Stoneham Oaks by the Commonwealth must be returned. The swap is not on the table at this time. Weiss Farm is.
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