Selectmen respond to Mass Housing on The Commons at Weiss Farm

Board of Selectmen comments to Mass. Housing on The Commons at Weiss Farm



After reading the letter sent December18th by the Board of Selectmen to Mass Housing on The Commons at Weiss Farm I applaud the well thought out reasons for our town officials requesting Mass Housing to deny Corcoran’s application under Chapter 40B.  See: http://www.stoneham-ma.gov/sites/stonehamma/files/file/file/project_sa-13-007_commons_at_weiss_farm.pdf



However we must remember that this is only the first step in the process and this developer may not quietly walk away.   The reasons we have continually stated that this project is “TOO BIG” is not enough.  We must consider that it would not be in keeping with the topography of our existing landscape as a community, stretch our town services to the brink and be utterly a disaster to our tax base since if built we would need a new fire station, new fire truck to accommodate 3 5-story structures, additional police and police cars as well as a need for new and improved traffic lights, water pipes, drainage etc. etc.  The question then arises WHO PAYS???

We the homeowner’s, renters (rents will increase) and business community.


This development should not be done as it will affect the whole community since budgetary considerations will be made that could reduce the school budget, the library and other departments to offset the cost for additional services required to accommodate such a large development.


Let’s hope our Commonwealth and Mass Housing makes the right decision and denies this permit.

Paula B Sarno December 29, 2013 at 12:25 PM
This email was sent to Mass. Housing Media Dept. Some of you may also want to send them a notice of your concern and that they do not take this development lightly egedstad@masshousing.com Mass Housing Media Department As the media department for Mass Housing please keep all interested parties informed and notify concerned residence of the Town of Stoneham and the City of Melrose of any public hearings, meetings and decisions being made on the Commons at Weiss Farm. On October 2,2013 you received an application for a Project Eligibility Letter (PEL”) for The Commons at Weiss Farm at 170 Franklin Street in Stoneham, MA. On December 18th our Board of Selectmen sent your agency their comments on this development (See: http://www.stoneham-ma.gov/sites/stonehamma/files/file/file/project_s..) along with letters from more than 700 residents of Stoneham,the Mayor of Melrose and Representative Jason Lewis. Based on the Board of Selectmen comments and all the residents of both Stoneham and Melrose your agency must realize that this developer has not made a constructive and viable project for our community. Please realize that a rubber stamp allowance on this development will be seriously detrimental to Stoneham and Melrose with a combined population based on the 2010 state census of 48,420 residents. Thanking you in advance for any and all notifications you send to both communities.
Arthur Bennett December 31, 2013 at 03:38 PM
Great job Paula. Happy New Year Arthur Bennett


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