(contributed by a community member – Thank you!)
At the Planning Board meeting earlier this week, concerned residents were urged to contact officials responsible for water permits (Mass DEP) and traffic studies (Mass DOT), as soon as possible. (I believe the PB said that additional water testing is taking place this coming week).
For those who want to call or email to express their concern, here is some contact information for people at MassDEP and MassDOT:
MassDEP for Water Capacity and Quality: Susan Connors, Drinking Water and Water Management Programs – 508-792-7650 or Susan.Connors@state.ma.us. Ask for Susan, reference the project name “Regency at Boxborough” or the property addresses “700, 750, & 800 Massachusetts Avenue.”
You may want to point out that a new high-density housing complex (Paddock Estates, which I believe has in the neighborhood of 240 units) is also going up in town.
The question I have: Have they taken into account the implications of more than 340 new families vying for the available water? How can they tell there will be sufficient water over time?
Jonathan Gulliver – District Three Highway Director: 508-929-3800.
District Three Permits Office: 508-929-3819. Barry Lorian,
District Three Operations Engineer: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dave Blodgett, District Three Permit Compliance Engineer: 617-892-3640.
You may have to reach out to a couple of these people at MassDOT to get them to point you to the right person. I would reference the property addresses “700, 750, & 800 Massachusetts Avenue.”
Here I would want to make sure that any studies are conducted at rush hour, both morning and evenings, as well as at the height of school start and end hours.
Having Boxborough residents express their concern may be enough to, at minimum, influence the size and scope of this development.