Hearings on Harvard Mills apartments wrapping up...

Jul 12, 2019 by

Published in the July 12, 2019 edition. By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — A proposal to convert one of the Harvard Mills buildings into a 184-unit residential complex appears to be heading into the home stretch as the Zoning Board of Appeals and the developer, NRP Group, worked through some of the remaining issues at a ZBA hearing this week. The building at the corner of Albion and Foundry streets was purchased by NRP, a developer, builder and property management company based in Clevland Ohio with a regional office in Burlington, Mass. They plan to add three levels for total of six stories of residential apartments. The plan calls for 122 one-bedroom apartments and 62 two-bedroom units. NRP has also acquired the large parking garage on Foundry Street as well as parking lots on Maple Street...

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FOLQ offers donation for improvements...

Jul 12, 2019 by

Published in the July 12, 2019 edition. WAKEFIELD — The Friends of Lake Quannapowitt, celebrating 28 years of lake advocacy (1991-2019), are honored to share their plans for their gift to the town of Wakefield for the purpose of lakeside park improvements. The organization recently asked the town to accept a gift of $152,000 (plus a contingency if needed) for improvements to Col. Connelly Park and Gertrude Spaulding Park. Both parks are located next to the headwaters of the Saugus River on Lake Quannapowitt. Ideas for the proposed updates, which were a year in the making, were presented to the Wakefield Town Council on Monday, June 24. Rick Stinson, the outgoing Director of Public Works added: “This is an opportunity to make a great park even better.”  FOLQ President Bill Conley thanked Stinson and his...

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Driver faces charges after hitting pedestrian...

Jul 12, 2019 by

Published in the July 12, 2019 edition. WAKEFIELD — A 70-year-old Reading man will be summonsed to court for leaving the scene of an accident involving personal injury after his car hit a youth in a crosswalk at North Avenue and Main Street at about 4 p.m. yesterday. According to police, a boy on a scooter was waiting for the walk signal at the intersection of Main Street and North Avenue. As he entered the crosswalk, a 2015 Toyota Avalon approached from North Avenue to turn onto Main Street and struck the youth. According to police, the driver did stop and speak to the youth but then left the scene without leaving his name. A witness, however, provided the car’s license plate number to police. The youth subsequently went home and reported a leg injury. In...

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Decision close on Tarrant Lane 40B...

Jul 11, 2019 by

Published in the July 11, 2019 edition. By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — With the hearings winding down, a Zoning Board of Appeals decision on the proposed 173-unit 40B housing complex on Tarrant Lane could come as soon as the board’s Aug. 14 meeting. The proposed project would be built on property off Hopkins Street near the Reading line that was once used by the Coast Guard to house the families of officers. In 2016, Anthony Bonacorso purchased the 3.4-acre site from the federal government. The original plan was to build 190 units in three five-story buildings, but based on feedback from the ZBA, the project has been scaled back and redesigned. The project would consist of three multi-story buildings, plus a clubhouse. Building 1 will have 58 living units, Building 2 includes 50 units...

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