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Lynn Councilor Voices Opposition to Garelick Farms Zoning Proposal

5.17.19

Ward 2 City Councilor Rick Starbard came out against a proposed zoning change which he says would allow the developer currently in talks to purchase the former Garelick Farms site to turn the area into a “junkyard.”

Boston real estate firm A.W. Perry has said that the deal they signed to purchase the property is contingent upon City Council approval of a change to the zoning ordinance which would allow the use of the property for light industry and mixed use development including housing and small businesses. The property is currently zoned to allow only the manufacturing of dairy products. The developer has stated that the light industry plans for the property are simply a means to generate income from the development while the issues facing the mixed-use development are worked out.

Starbard believes that the proposed light industry uses of the property don’t fit into the city’s plan for the waterfront, which has already led to the denial of other proposed light industry projects in the area. The ordinance process is expected to take several months, and must take into account the proposed housing and hotel plans’ proximity to a municipal wastewater treatment plant.

Starbard has expressed his desire to continue opposing the light industry use of the property, stating that  “If they’re going to look for a zoning change to allow these uses and once the sewer treatment plant goes away, they’ll pop up a hotel, it won’t be in my lifetime.”

Read about the debate over zoning in Lynn at the Daily Item.

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