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Projects Working within Remote

6.19.20

Some local projects are getting approvals as remote Zoom meetings become more familiar, but others might have to wait until in-person meetings can resume.

In Swampscott, site plan approval for a 55+ independent living facility may have to wait for in-person meetings to return.  This project has had vocal opposition from neighboring residents since the original proposal seven years ago.  The petition, which was continued to the June 24th meeting, has already been continued again to the July 28th meeting.  The issue could be continued until an in-person meeting can be safely held.

On the other hand, in Peabody a 38-unit condo development was approved by the City Council with a 9-2 vote.  This approval was debated for more than 2 hours between those that saw this as an opportunity for revitalization and those that saw further density in a congested area.

Housing across the spectrum, from market rate units to affordable housing to senior living, is in critical need on the North Shore. Communities are working to balance that need with the need for a thorough review of the proposals.

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