October 2021 – Mugar Update 2
The ZBA has announced its final public hearing for discussion of the Comprehensive Permit for Thorndike Place on Wednesday, October 20, starting at 7:30 pm. Several recent documents and correspondence can be found on the ZBA agenda website.
The ZBA has posted a revised Draft Decision
A Memo by the developer’s attorney sets out their terms regarding the 12-acre conservation parcel. Contrary to their original promise to deed the land to the Town, they now take the position that they should continue to own the land, subject to a restriction on development. This would mean the “conservation land” would have a succession of owners over the years, as the development is inevitably flipped and flipped again.
Please let the ZBA know that the Town should own the land – as promised – to ensure the full benefit of “Article 97” conservation protections for the public good.
Register in advance for this Zoom meeting. You will receive a confirmation email with information about joining the meeting.
Please send your comments and concerns about this proposed project to the Zoning Board at firstname.lastname@example.org. It is important to share your concerns with the ZBA members as they deliberate their decision and the conditions to be placed on the Comprehensive Permit for this project.
Arlington Land Trust continues to advocate for the permanent protection of the Mugar parcel as conservation land. The site is subject to regular and significant flooding, and is a critical stormwater buffer for the surrounding and downstream neighborhoods of East Arlington.