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What's The Status Of The Ginsburg/Martel East Street Development?

Readers are looking to find out what has happened since Town Meeting rezoned a parcel adjacent to Industrial Avenue.

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 headquarters.

The land in question is 25 acres at 842 East St. It's being developed by and 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

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, , 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.

Karyn July 26, 2012 at 03:30 AM
The TCPG was often maligned as being "anti-growth/development" which it was not and who were proposing a moratorium on all development via their Growth Management Bylaw which was also false. That is where misinformation and propaganda came in to thwart their efforts. The TRUTH was they were about carefully PLANNED, CONTROLLED and RESPONSIBLE MANAGED GROWTH. I understand what you mean about people you know giving up as 10+ years later many of those original group members have moved, passed on, or just dropped out . As for the East Street development, it was initially planned to be I believe 288 units in three story buildings towering over the existing neighborhood which is why the current plan is at least more palatable and considerably downsized. We are still a bit short of our 10% state mandated affordability threshold. To be honest....so much time has gone by it is difficult to remember specifics. That being said I would suggest checking out the following link for info re. our current Master Plan: http://www.tewksbury.info/Pages/TewksburyMA_BComm/Planning/MasterPlan and if you wish to know more about what went down years ago check out this link on TewksburyIssues for a wealth of information and history as well as any other thread under the "TCPG Forum": http://tewksburyissues.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=54&t=5063 As for "the present"...stay tuned for further info on the upcoming Master Plan Update Visioning sessions! Would be great to see/get more residents involved!
Michael Adams July 26, 2012 at 03:49 AM
Well Janellen, Nothing changes....nothing changes. Here is a thought. The Zoning board, board of appeals, one in the same...has seemed to have lost most of the power, for a lack of better word to the planning board. The zba (all volunteer)seems to be the place to go when you want to put a deck on your house and your to close to your neighbors lot. The planning board, now here is where the power is, an all elected board (politics). You buy a nice big chunk of vacant land once a farm and you want to put in 120 townhomes/condos/apartments, you go before the PB and get your approval along with a sparsely attended TM to get your zoning to your liking and before you know it your living in the City of Tewksbury, (traffic jams(pollution), crowded schools, more DD's, more fast food joints, more gas stations, more bars, more people) I may have the order wrong, but you get the idea.......as for the lot across from Mahoneys, If I remember correctly a senior housing community is looking to purchase or has???
Janellen27 July 26, 2012 at 04:00 AM
Michael, please explain what you mean by "Nothing changes....nothing changes." Zoning/Appeals has lost power? Why is that? I don't really know the answer here. . . just asking. Maybe because they turned their heads the other way one too many times when people wanted to do things that were "illegal", and did them anyway? I wonder, because everytime I drive by a certain piece of property and see that a garage was turned into living quarters, against the rules, so that people could live there, when it was illegal, I just sigh and think to myself: "Yup, if it's illegal, just do it anyway, then they'll say, 'Oh, well, too late now', besides he's a nice guy", or something along those lines. . . or, just lie and tell the Board you misunderstood, or something. . . .tsk, tsk. That's what I heard they did.
Dave July 26, 2012 at 11:47 AM
Thanks Karyn. I wasn't sure who it was.
Joe Bill August 01, 2012 at 08:07 PM
I know Arnie and mark have done a great deal for this town but this development is going to further burden our schools and resources. Look at the units that went in at Ames Pond. People will buy these places and bring in their relatives from surrounding cities so they can attend our schools. The people at the Ames Pond complex are doing this as we speak. I'm sick and tired off paying taxes for welfare recipients and their children so they can exhaust our resources and impact the quality of education the children of tax paying citizens recieve. This land should have been used for Industrial purposes, which would have had a positive impact on our tax base. We don't need more condo's to further burden the town.

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