Question: What's going on with the piece of land we rezoned at Town Meeting a while back? It doesn't seem like anything is being built there. Is the project dead?
Answer: The project is very much alive.
We actually got two questions relating to this project. The other wondered why there was a big pile of rocks sort of across from the Market Basket headquarters.
The land in question is 25 acres at 842 East St. It's being developed by Marc Ginsburg and Arnie Martel. According to an article published recently in the Boston Globe, the Planning Board opened a public hearing on June 18 regarding Ginsburg and Martel's plan for 117 condominium units, blending single unit townhouses with duplexes.
The hearing was continued to July 16 and was continued a second time. It will pick up again when the board meets on Aug. 13, according to Community Development Director Steve Sadwick.
The land in question was once owned by developer John Sullivan, who had proposed a 280-unit 40B project. After that plan fizzled, he sold the property to Ginsburg and Martel.
At the May, 2011 Annual Town Meeting, voters approved rezoning the land from single family residential and heavy industrial to multi-family residential, paving the way for the new project.
Primary concerns raised by neighbors and the board, thus far, have had to deal with potential flooding/drainage issues. Ginsburg has said he doesn't foresee a problem in that area, according to the Globe article.