New 40B development in Reading

Its time to weigh in on a 60 unit 40B project on North Main St, Reading. Check the ZBA schedule for a hearing date.

Have you heard about the 60 unit 40B proposed to be sandwiched between the Matera Cabin and Fairbanks Marsh? And that an access is being considered through the Town of Reading owned cabin property?

This is an inappropriate location for such a project. It abuts not only the cabin property but also Bare Meadow conservation area and the Reading Open Land Trust parcel to the North.

Can the schools take the added pupils? Can the Fire Dept safely access this property in case of an emergency? How will the pumped sewage be handled during the 40 hour power outages we have had in this area of town?

A new traffic light is proposed at the bottom of Sanborn hill, where site lines are poor.

Haven't we made enough progress on the affordable housing front already?

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Readingite February 16, 2013 at 11:13 PM
Rob I feel like you are the sheltered closed minded one.
ReadingResident February 26, 2013 at 01:58 AM
Some of these comments make me literally sick to my stomach! I can only wish that none of you ever fall on hard times, and turn into someone that just may need a little help getting by. These comments make me embarrassed to be a life-long Reading resident. I thought the people of Reading were much more compassionate than what I am reading. I hope that everything continues to go well for all of you!!
Beefstick February 26, 2013 at 02:16 AM
Wrong. Reading isn't immune, just like it isn't immune to drugs in our schools, burglaries, homicides. Every town is the same. You really can't escape it. T.I.A. This is America. Not saying it isn't unfortunate, just stating the facts, mam.
Will Finch February 27, 2013 at 01:41 AM
The people of Reading in general are very compassionate. Don't take the comments personally. I usually avoid this forum as it can goes off topic. but this is an important issue to discuss. So far no news on a ZBA hearing. Also, Cons Com can not look at wetlands issues till spring. Stay tuned.
Stephen Gordon October 14, 2013 at 01:18 PM
As of now Reading has met 7.4% of the required 10% of affordable housing required by 40B. There is in my view a problem with the way that housing units are counted. They do not count any units that are permitted or constructed but not yet occupied. If these units are counted, towns would no longer be compelled to approve projects after it has approved enough to satisfy 40B. If you believe that approved-yet-unoccupied homes should count towards a town's subsidized housing inventory, please take a minute and sign this petition: http://chn.ge/1fx96gR


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