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8.18.15 Historic Danvers Albion F. Welch House Demolished

1894 Albion F. Welch House, a Queen Anne Revival @ 22 Conant Street, Danvers

The Salem News reported that despite preservation efforts, the Albion F. Welch House, a 1894 Queen Anne Revival located at 22 Conant Street, Danvers, was recently demolished.

The house was being used as a funeral home.  It was knocked down to make room for 36-space parking lot for St. Mary’s church.

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7.31.15 Beverly Buys 12-acre Camp lot

Camp Paradise, 44 Cole Street, Beverly, MA

According to the Salem News, Beverly recently purchased Camp Paradise, located at 44 Cole Street, featuring 12 acres with a recreational building and pond, for $950,000.

The land will have a permanent restriction to remain open space by the Essex County Greenbelt.  The city intends to use it for various educational and camp programs, as well as rental income.

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7.30.15 Gateway Center Proposal in Salem, MA

Gateway Center, Bridge Street, Salem, MA

The Salem News reports that Salem residents recently met at the City Hall Annex to revised plans for the Gateway Center project on Bridge Street in in Salem, MA.

Property developer High Rock Development is proposing a stand-alone Community Life Center building, with a second, 5-story building with businesses on the first floor and 117 residential units in the top four floors. This is a change to the previous approved plans on one building – the life center with residents above.

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7.6.15 73 New Condos in Beverly Cummings Center

Cummings Center condominium complex

According to the Salem News, the Beverly Planning Board recently approved a six-story, 73-unit condominium complex in the Cummings Center, at the corner of Elliot and McKay street, with construction beginning this summer.

Plans call for 65 two-bedroom and 8 one-bedroom units, which will be high-end condominiums.  Originally, a hotel was planned for the site ten years ago, but Cummings eventually decided condominiums were a better fit with so many activities to do around the area.

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6.25.15 Affordable Elderly Housing in Wenham

Wenham Elderly Housing project

According to the Salem News, the Wenham Zoning Board of Appeals has approved a 60-unit elderly affordable housing project on a 3.5 acre lot on Maple Street in West Wendham, 

The developer, Harborlight Community Partners, headquartered in Beverly, specializes in assisted living, elderly and family housing on the North Shore.

The project must still work its way through an appeals process and secure funding.  There is a 20-day appeal period for the ZBA decision, The project is currently facing an appeal on its Board of Health approval.  That appeal is based on the septic system used on the property, which Hill said will be discharging 6,600 gallons of sewage into a 20,000 gallon septic tank and leaching field on the 3.5-acre site.

Opposition is also concerned about the dollar amount attached to the sale of the property, should Harborlight buy it from its present owner, and the use of public funding to pay for the site’s construction.

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6.23.15 Peabody Officials/Residents Oppose Gas Pipeline

Peabody Mayor Ted Bettencourt









The Salem News reports that a June 23rd meeting at City Hall, Peabody officials and residents were aligned in their opposition of a new Tennessee Gas pipeline in West Peabody.

The project, called the Northeast Energy Direct project, is being proposed by the Kinder Morgan Co., which provides the mechanisms to supply natural gas from their customers, such as National Grid, to their customers’ consumers. According to the company, a “dramatic” increase in demand for natural gas has created a need for additional pipeline infrastructure.

The new pipeline will expand an existing line from Dracut through Middleton and West Peabody into Danvers. Right now the project is only in a discussion stage, with company representatives discussing the situation with local representatives and community members.

Points against the gas pipeline included: (1) a lack of direct benefits to Peabody residents, (2) the damage it could do to the bike path and the Ipswich River, Peabody’s water supply; (3) and safety issues with the potential for a devastating explosion 

Kinder representatives stated in their defense that Peabody would benefit from the project, citing (b) a hike in tax revenue for the town — in the amount of $25 million, though they later said that was the statewide total, and (b) the creation of 3,000 union jobs, and (c) that it would provide a longtime energy line for residents, should they chose to convert to natural gas.

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