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Letter: Stoneham project the wrong size, in wrong place

As a longtime subscriber to The Boston Globe, I wish to point out that, in my opinion, Brenda J. Buote has recently been a bit biased and not fair in her one-sided reporting of the activities of the John M. Corcoran and Co. proposed housing project in Stoneham (“Proposal modified for residential development,” Globe North. Jan. 26).

She appears to merely paraphrase and definitely quotes the information provided to her by the developer. She quoted this developer on Jan. 5 as well (“Selectmen hope to block 264-unit residential development”).

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Meantime, there is a very large and active group in Stoneham called the Friends of Stoneham that has, with other community members, sent over 800 letters in opposition to this project that is just “Too Big for Stoneham” to the Board of Selectmen and MassHousing outlining serious concerns about the project. State Representative Jason Lewis has also written to MassHousing in opposition to this large complex in a residential neighborhood. The mayor of Melrose wrote that the project, as originally proposed, was not beneficial to his city as well.

The project would severely impact an already dense traffic corridor in our town and would make a huge impact on our school system, as well as the wetlands, ground water issues, and would exacerbate flooding in the area. A Town Meeting was convened in September to allocate funds to hire legal counsel to deal with this project that is the wrong size in the wrong place, despite what the developer wishes people to believe.

The developer’s latest plan, which is more or less a “rewrite,” actually appears to add more people to an already too large project (“add five small town homes”). The statement that there will be “more open green space” is trying to justify destroying a piece of property that has been farmland and wetlands for generations. It already is “open green space.”

And, it is unclear if the community will have time to view, evaluate, and respond to this latest assault on our fine town.

The Corcoran project says that it is acting on “input from town residents, local leaders, and MassHousing,” but the reality is that the developer is planning a project that is much too big, with detrimental impacts to the town.

His latest plan actually is a smokescreen because with the addition of the town homes there will be more vehicles on the property and the project will actually have a greater population than the original design.

Mary M. and Joseph
Pecoraro

Stoneham

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