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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.
Monica Medeiros July 10, 2014 at 06:48 AM
Hi Jon. The city just re-did it's website, so I am sure it is a work in progress. In the meantime,Read Morey ou can find the yard waste collection calendar from the Recycling page. http://www.cityofmelrose.org/departments/public-works-department/recycling/ --- It's the Curbside Recycling Calendar.
Monica Medeiros July 10, 2014 at 06:57 AM
I have also asked that a link to the yard waste calendar be added from both the yard waste page and Read Morethe solid waste page.
Sherlock H. May 26, 2014 at 06:34 AM
Just curious as to what variances or waivers the developer is/will be asking for relative toRead MoreStoneha m zoning by-laws that indicate that the project is "too big". I'm not saying there aren't any, simply asking.
Kato May 20, 2014 at 09:29 AM
Interesting to see these criticisms of the Weiss Farm project since they are very similar to theRead Moreobj ections Melrose raised about Stoneham's enormous Langwood Commons development in the Middlesex Fells. Stoneham was happy to see Langwood Commons move forward since it's in Melrose's back yard and far from Stoneham's own central residential and commercial district. Now with Weiss Farm, Stoneham seems to be facing a similar set of issues in their OWN backyard. It would be nice if neighboring communities worked together on these issues - as neighbors - rather than only looking out for their own immediate interests. You never know when the shoe is going to be on the other foot, so to speak.
Paula B Sarno May 20, 2014 at 03:05 PM
Kato totally agree with your input and wonder why neighboring towns do not share professionals onRead Moresm art zoning and economic development. Is that too much to ask for as a tax payer?
Sherlock H. May 21, 2014 at 08:37 PM
As much as you may think I have been or am now simply being negative (or maybe too 'positive') atRead Morele ast now something has been 'presented' (apparently very poorly) and comments hopefully can be more specific, as opposed to generalizations, based on little/no information, which prompted my earlier comments. However, it still does not sound like actual engineering issues were addressed (a fault of the presenter, of course, if the right questions were asked) so hopefully that is still to come. Aesthetics are of course an issue, and usually the easiest to address! My complaint was seeing/hearing the 'mantra' of "traffic and drainage" before reviewable information was available.
Mackytack May 06, 2014 at 05:36 PM
i don't believe that's correct, because their other one in Methuen is also closed, so they can'tRead Morebot h be having sewer issues!
kds628 May 08, 2014 at 04:30 PM
metheun's open... i heard its water sewer too
Mackytack May 08, 2014 at 08:03 PM
hey! you're right...it was a coincidence that we called the Methuen one on Saturday night (theRead Morenigh t we were in Melrose) and it went to a voicemail! He said it does that when it get too busy! it IS some sort of drainage issue, and they are working on it!
vkrikorian April 14, 2014 at 05:08 PM
Why does this not surprise me. In his debate with Monica Medeiros, he said he was FOR local aidRead Moreand in his capacity as state rep he voted against it. Monica on the other hand brought money back to Melrose in her capacity as Alderman at Large. He is following in the footsteps of other Democrats who lie all the time. Jason's lies may not be as big, because the local issues aren't as big.
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