June 15 Gazette: “Concerns build up over condo proposal”

The Gazette earlier reported on Kohl Construction’s June community meeting. While not a new article, excerpts from it are provided here as a reference:

…Denenfeld – and her neighbors living on both Northern Avenue and North
Street – are concerned that a 5.49 acre, 31-unit condominium
subdivision proposed for their neighborhood could strain traffic, ruin
wetlands, clear trees and make neighborhood streets unsafe for children
at play…

Kohl said he intends to build the units on about half of
the five-acre parcel, with the rest remaining as wetlands…

Kohl said he believes the condominiums could sell for over $300,000;
however, he said some units would be priced lower, within reach of
“middle-class families…”

an informational meeting Wednesday night [June 13] at the Bridge Street School
library, neighbors said traffic along both streets has escalated
considerably over the years…

“Our street can’t support something like
this, and with cars whipping back and forth constantly, I can’t see
this working, especially when the neighborhood has already been
impacted by the overflow caused by previous projects,” said Tim Messer
of 49 Northern Ave…

The project might also
be muddled with environmental issues stemming from Market Street fill
that was dumped onto the property in the 1980s, according to North
Street resident Dennis Helmus…

a preliminary soil study of the property, Kohl said that toxic elements
were found in an area slotted for six condominium units.

did find some solid wastes on site, but we intend to test the entire
property and work to eliminate these wastes,” Kohl said.

See pictures of Kohl’s plans.