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Date Posted: 22:09:09 10/29/13 Tue
Author: Joe Rizoli (Nutjobs win)
Author Host/IP: 126.96.36.199
Subject: Walden nutjob savors victory
Good for Mel Warshaw for seeing the light here.His tribe obviously thought differently.
In the Selective Works of Frederic Bastiat on "The Economics of Freedom", he, Bastiat,makes this statement:
"What is seen and What is not seen" He talks about "experience and foresight". He talks about a "good to come, at the risk of a small present evil"
Apparently the ZBA and those people against this project have terrible foresight. If houses go in at this sight the beauty of this area will be lost. Not only that but think of that great noise barrier that would have to be built adding more of an eyesore to the property. Walden would have fixed a big problem, so say the neighbors, of traffic. Now you can all go to hell. For the majority of meanies who voted for this, shame on you.
If you want to take this further and take off the gloves, please go here.
You can even comment, with your real email of course.
If a non-profit goes there the town LOOSES in taxes. I would love to see as punishment here an Islamic Mosque go up, that would be payback.
Treatment center savor victory in Framingham.
By Danielle Ameden/Daily News staff
MetroWest Daily News
Posted Oct 30, 2013 @ 12:00 Am
Framingham ZBA turns down Walden plan
Neighbors who determinedly fought plans for a treatment center for eating and mood disorders on Pleasant Street say they’re relieved after the Zoning Board of Appeals voted the project down.
"Really it was such an incredible show of force," said Paula Jacobs, who, over the summer, helped gather more than 500 signatures of residents who opposed the project.
Project attorney Jim Hanrahan on Tuesday declined to say whether Walden Behavioral Care will appeal the ZBA’s decision Monday, calling the question "premature."
Walden needed a 3-0 vote of approval to make the Marist campus at 518 Pleasant St. its new corporate headquarters and flagship location, but only received two votes in favor.
Project opponents on Tuesday called board Chairman Phil Ottaviani "courageous" for voting not to grant Walden a special permit to carry out its plans in a residential zone.
But one resident who supported Walden’s plans called that same vote "shameful."
"What happened is the loudest people won in this thing and they’re not thinking," Precinct 7 Town Meeting member Mel Warshaw said. "I’d say this is about the worst decision I have seen - certainly from the ZBA - since I’ve been in Framingham."
Warshaw said project opponents are shortsighted in saying they’d prefer single-family homes. A housing development would add schoolchildren and as much traffic, and such a project could slide in under the state’s Chapter 40B affordable housing law, he said.
"I think, as a retired lawyer, that Walden has the right to appeal and could win," Warshaw said. "However, I’m not sure they’re going to do it. It takes time and it’s difficult."
Walden, based now in Waltham, had signed a purchase and sales agreement to buy the bucolic 29-acre property from the Society of Mary.
Hanrahan said the Walden team and Marist leaders will decide what to do after the ZBA issues its written decision with reasons for denying the project.
"We’re sort-of in a wait and see (mode)," he said.
The Zoning Board voted after considering a list of proposed conditions for approval.
Like Jacobs, fellow project opponent Robert Cohen praised the chairman’s courage to make what Cohen called "the right decision."
"The right decision was not to put this hospital into a completely residential zone," Cohen said. "I can’t imagine what the other two members of the board were thinking."
Ottaviani could not be reached Tuesday, but said Monday he could envision single-family homes on the Marist property.
"I’d love to see some nice residential homes, beautifully manicured lawns, nice open space preserved - that’s what I would like to see, something that’s well-maintained and something that just fits into this neighborhood," Jacobs said.
Danielle Ameden can be reached at 508-626-4416 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @damedenMW.
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