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3.26.12 80 New Homes Could Come to Middleton in Next 2-5 Years

 Gould Hill to Ipswich River in Middleton

The Tri-Town Transcript recently reported that Middleton may be seeing as many as 80 new homes built over the next 2-5 years if two more proposed developments are approved. The three projects that will contain the 80 homes are all set to be built off of East Street, on the Ipswich River.

Olde Boxford Estates was approved in early March by all of the regulatory boards and is the only project of the three to receive approval so far.

The East Meadow Farm Project was most recently presented to the town and would include 21 lots on roughly 28 acres of land. Developers of the project are still looking to receive special waivers to accommodate the plans put forward to the town. The development will be located off of East Street in an area known as Gould Hill.

Read the entire Tri-Town Transcript article.

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1.14.11 Danvers-owned Dam in Middleton Need of Repairs

According to The Salem News, a state report listed the Curtis Pond Dam in Middleton, MA as one of one hundred Bay State dams calling for immediate repairs.  The state report claims that the Curtis Pond Dam, which is actually owned by the city of Danvers, is very unsafe and could lead to property damage or even death in the event of failure.

The Town Manager of Danvers, Wayne Marquis, insists that a plan already exists to fix the dam and that after the city did an assessment of their own, “There’s no significant risk by any stretch.” This is interesting since the state report cites the location as having "substantial structural or flood routing deficiencies.”

According to the state auditor’s office, the 90-year-old dam shows no evidence that repairs are being made. The auditor’s office also pointed out that although public officials may have an idea of what to do in the case of an emergency, there are no written plans in place.

Read the entire Salem News article.

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9.2.10 Wetlands, Woodland Park on Ipswich River in Middleton

Window on Wetlands, a new woodland park on the Ipswich River in Middleton
The Tri-Town Transcript reported that a new woodland park with a nature trail is being finished within the floodplain of the Ipswich River in Middleton.  The Middleton Stream Team named the land "Window on Wetlands", which looks out on acres of standing tree corpses and a developing beaver meadow of shorter-softer plants.

Read the entire Tri-Town Transcript article.

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12.27.09 Middleton to Review In-law Apartment Bylaw

The Tri-Town Transcript reported that the Middleton Bylaw Review Committee is reviewing a potential in-law apartment bylaw that would allow and regulate in-law apartments, which are defined as areas in single-family house with separate living quarters.  Middleton residents are however allowed to rent out a room in their houses to non-family members as long as the individual shares living quarters, such as a bathroom and a kitchen, with the homeowners.  However, in-law apartments are not currently allowed, according to Middleton building inspector Richard Bienvenue.

Town Administrator Ira Singer said that creation of a Middleton in-law apartment bylaw could motivate some homeowners into making their in-law apartments legal and adding value on their house.  Additionally, if Middleton does approve the bylaw in the future, Bienvenue said the town would offer several months of amnesty, where homeowners could have their in-law apartments inspected without any type of repercussions.

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5.5.08 Topsfield Planning Board Member Departing

Attention is now starting to be noticed locally since the presidential primaries are behind us. According to the Tri-Town Transcript, candidates in Topsfield/Boxford/Middleton are starting to get noticed despite that selectmen, school committee's and planning boards are all running unopposed in Middleton,Boxford and Topsfield. Topsfield planning board is seeing one term end for a dedicated member due to by-laws restricting a fourth term.

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12.10.07 Middleton Officials Deciding on Developing Land

According to the Tri-Town Transcript, Middleton Selectman are looking into to developing recently acquired land near the intersection of East Street and Peabody Street, which used to be home to the Rubchinuk landfill. The land is currently being used as a soccer field. Once environmental permitting is complete, Middleton will receive a sum of money from the state for management of the site, part of which may be used to develop another soccer field as well as a baseball field on sections of the 32-acre land. The capped area of the landfill will not be developed on, according to Town Administrator Ira Singer.

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