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Draft conditions for Thorndike Place reviewed

Mugar site, Google EarthMugar: Most of it is the triangular tract west of Thorndike Field. / Google Earth

UPDATED, Oct. 5: The ongoing Zoning Board of Appeals hearings about the proposal for the Mugar site in East Arlington called Thorndike Place are stretching into October.

At the last hearing, Sept. 9, the ZBA asked the applicants, Oaktree Development of North Cambridge, to provide a "resubmission," which consolidates all of the material for the final proposal. The board reviewed that.

Read the details about that discussion by Steve Revilak, a ZBA member who provides meeting notes as a public service. 

A motion to extend the public-hearing period to Oct. 8 was approved, as was a motion to continue the hearing until 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5. The board planned to review a draft decision for Thorndike Place that night. See the agenda >>

The Coalition to Save the Mugar Wetlands, which has opposed the planned developed from the beginning, wrote in an email Oct. 1: "This is expected to be the last public hearing with the public review period ending on Friday, October 8th."

In a recent letter to the ZBA, Patrick Herron, executive director of the Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA), expresses the organization’s concerns about the scale of the project in the former Great Swamp, and the process for transferring the 12+ acres of open space to conservation purposes. He and other concerned residents and observers are asking the ZBA to extend the hearing process to continue discussing many unresolved issues.

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Aug. 3, 2021: Steve Revilak's meeting summary 

This news announcement was published Monday, Sept. 20, 2021, and updated Oct. 1, to add coalition's comments as well as agenda and resgitration links, and on Oct. 5, to add a link to a letter

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