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5.21.19 Event: Lynn Waterfront Master Plan Final Draft Public Meeting

Interested in learning more about the development of the Lynn waterfront? NSAR members are invited to attend a public meeting on Wednesday, May 29th to discuss the final draft of the Lynn Municipal Harbor Plan and Waterfront Master Plan. The meeting will cover the plan to create a number of open and active public spaces along the Lynn waterfront within the 305-acre waterfront redevelopment area.

The meeting will run from 6:00pm to 7:30pm in the Lynn Housing Authority Community Room at 10 Church Street in Lynn. This is a great opportunity for members who are working in Lynn to learn about new public spaces, mixed-use developments and improvements to the harbor which will be coming to the community over the next several years. For more information about this event, contact Mary Jane Smalley by emailing or calling 781-581-9399.

View the event flyer here.

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5.17.19 Lynn Councilor Voices Opposition to Garelick Farms Zoning Proposal

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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5.10.19 Housing Watch: Apartments and Office Space Coming to Downtown Lynn

According to, Bernhardt Zeisig, a Canadian developer, is rehabilitating the currently vacant 113-119 Broad St. building in Lynn, purchased for $600,000 last August. He plans revitalize the space with 18 market rate small loft and studio style apartments targeted at young professionals looking for easy access to the commuter rail. 

Additionally, the developer purchased the building at 614 Washington St. in Lynn for $925,000, which he plans to continue renting to the current tenants while updating the vacant upper floors to lease as office space. 

More on this project available here.


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5.8.19 Lynn Waterfront Open Space Master Plan Final Meeting Set for June 4

The City of Lynn is hosting the final presentation of the Lynn Waterfront Open Space Master Plan on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at 6:00pm at the Lynn Museum at 590 Washington St in Lynn. The plan covers a wide range of attractions slated for the waterfront redevelopment including parks, a promenade, a fishing pier and markets. This meeting will present the results of the public input throughout the Master Plan process. For more information on the Lynn Waterfront Open Space Master Plan, visit the Economic Development and Industrial Corporation of Lynn website.


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4.25.19 Boston real estate firm signs agreement to buy Garelick Farms on the Lynnway

<!--[if gte mso 10]> <![endif]-->A Boston-based real estate firm has struck a deal to purchase the shuttered Garelick Farms plant in Lynn and says it will work with the city to create – eventually -- a mixed-use neighborhood that rivals Assembly Square in Somerville, Thomas Grillo reports at the Lynn Item.

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3.26.19 First Phase of Lynnway Site Redevelopment Underway

Work began this week on the construction of a $1.4 million seawall, the first phase of the redevelopment of the former Beacon Chevrolet site into 332 waterfront market-rate apartments.

City officials are anticipating a groundbreaking of the $90 million development in the spring, which would transform a 14-acre site, dubbed North Harbor, that has sat vacant for three decades.

Construction of the new 48,000-square-footseawall is expected to be completed in late spring or early summer.

Read more about the first phase in the Lynn Item.


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