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Opponents to 'The Ledges' Project Start Online Petition

Alderman Mike Raymond has informed Woburn Patch of a new initiative for opponents of the development project to express their views.

The controversy over the Ledges affordable housing project continues.

As reported on Woburn Patch, the most recent development was that the state Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs has ruled that the Ledges affordable housing project in North Woburn needs no further study under the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act.

In a letter dated Dec. 21, EEA Secretary Richard K. Sullivan Jr. said:

"The [Environmental Notification Form] has sufficiently defined the nature and general elements of the project, and has proposed measures to avoid, minimize and mitigate environmental impacts. I am satisfied that any outstanding issues pertaining to traffic, storm water management and blasting can be addressed through the state and local permitting processes."

The Ledges project is comprised of four three-story apartment buildings containing 168 units of residential apartments. Of those 168 units, 42 will be affordable housing under the 40B state provision. There will also be a one-story clubhouse building, an in-ground pool and 300 parking spaces on the 9.27-acre parcel.

In response to the decision, Ward 6 Alerdman Mike Raymond wrote a letter to the EEA expressing his disapproval with the decision.

"This is not an affordable housing issue," wrote Raymond. "This is a health, safety and welfare issue to the hundreds of residents who reside in the neighborhoods that surround the proposed site. When would the health, safety and welfare concerns of these residents affect a decision you are charged with?"

Raymond is now inviting those who agree with him to be heard with an online petition.

"I would like to draw your attention to this important petition that I have signed regarding the Ledges Project," Raymond said in an email to Woburn Patch.

The petition can be found here: "Stop the Ledges of Woburn Project"    

Raymond also sent an update from a meeting at the Thompson Library of residents with concerns with the project on Jan. 17.

He said that at the meeting the question of where Mayor Scott Galvin stands on the project was raised. 

"The consensus of the residents was that not only do we ask the Mayor but we demonstrate to him that the Ledges of Woburn Project will not only affect the quality of life for most of North Woburn, but we want him to understand that the quality of life will be comprised for the next five years in all of Woburn and the surrounding Cities and Towns," he said. 

"In addition to the the electronic petition, we have initiated a letter writing campaign to the Mayor," Raymond continued. "We are also generating a letter writing campaign to our State Officials so that they understand the importance of this issue."

What do you think? Are you opposed to this project? Do you think Woburn needs more affordable housing for those who need it? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Dianne Autenzio January 28, 2013 at 02:21 AM
We need to work together to retain what we can of North Woburn. Instead of blaming people from the past lets step up to the future and work together. Our Alderman has worked very hard attending all the meetings, sending out notices, writing letters, attending as well as holding open meetings to keep us all informed.Sign the petition, pass it along and write/call our elected officials, not just locals,write or call state representatives, senators, governors office, newspapers, let your voices be heard. It is our City lets stand up TOGETHER and work together to keep the LEDGES from destroying what is left of North Woburn. Many City boards members, alderman/women, some have been very supportive and we need to let them again know the effects of the site prep on our families. The Mayor is the head of the City we must let him know our feelings. Hopefully he will stand up and show us some support and attend any future meetings that are held regarding this.
Earnhardt January 28, 2013 at 02:23 AM
So to continue, i ask you again. do you live here? do you drive the roads at 8 am? is the ward better since he took office? worse? do you know? You can sign all the petitions to stop this you want. The Mayor does not care.
Taz January 29, 2013 at 03:54 PM
Just wanted to give my 2 cents on the Ledges issue: 1. we already have a 168 unit - 6 story building approved by the “State” in 2003, after the city exhausted all it’s legal fighting (Google: City of Woburn Judgment after recript; its on the city’s website too –you’ll get a good feel of how the State officials think) on the main principle that Woburn is not at 10% affordable housing. 2. the petitioners want to change the design - yes more blasting more construction time more inconvenience for people and neighbors. But under “Massachusetts” law this does not outweigh the need for affordable housing. 3. where are we on this project? The board of appeals denied the changes on the local level, now it will go back to the State Level. Woburn will again fight it in court as long as we can, but ultimately it will be approved by the “State officials” because Woburn is still not at 10%. More....
Taz January 29, 2013 at 03:54 PM
Conclusions: The mayor stated at the community meeting at St. Anthony’s club that he is against this change, and that he will devote all the cities resources to fighting it, however he is not grandstanding because he knows there is ultimately nothing the city can do once it gets appealed to the State Level (which it now has), because we’re still below 10%. As for Alderman Raymond he should already know this, and he would be derelict at his duty not to inform the neighbors that it is now a “State Issue”. In my opinion he should direct his fire not at the Mayor but to our elected State officials – Dwyer, Donnelly, and Patrick as these are State Laws and State Officials making the judgments and decisions now. Ta
Maria February 06, 2013 at 07:31 PM
Does anyone know how the town meeting last night turned out?

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