September 2023 –Mugar Update
Select Board Update, Monday, September 11
The Select Board will discuss the Thorndike Place proposal for the Mugar property in East Arlington at its regular meeting on Monday, September 11, beginning at 7:15 pm. Board member Steve DeCourcey and Town Counsel Doug Heim will provide an update on the project. The meeting will be conducted in a hybrid format, with both remote and in-person participation options, in the Select Board Chambers at Town Hall. See the Select Board agenda for details.
The Coalition to Save the Mugar Wetlands announced in late July that the abutters’ appeal had been discontinued. The main direction for the appeal against the proposed Thorndike Place was focused on the environmental impact of the project. The Arlington Land Trust had agreed to help fund the work of independent experts and engineers to conduct hydrology testing to determine accurate ground water levels. Unfortunately, the legal motion filed to gain access to the site in order to conduct the necessary testing was denied. Therefore, given the anticipated expense to continue with the lawsuit, and the reduced odds of success, the Coalition and abutters decided not to continue with the appeal.
The Coalition will continue its efforts to educate the community on the process and, in its endeavors to prevent advancement of the project, reserves the right to challenge the development in other forums. The Coalition still needs help to support the legal fund. Go to the Go Fund Me page for details.
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.