Have you heard about the ‘Mahoney Monster’?
A developer is planning to build a large apartment house on the Mahoney’s Garden Center site at 115 Boston Post Road. How big, you ask? 89 bedrooms and four stories tall! That’s right. A large development on Route 20 next to Temple Shir Tikva, the Islamic Center of Boston, Carriage House, Camp Chickami – and many Wayland homes.
The key problems:
- Too big: 89, 79, 69, 59, 49, 39, 29 or 19 bedrooms and 3 or 4 stories are simply too large for our neighborhood. More units = more profits in this developer’s pocket, pure and simple.
- Traffic, traffic, traffic: With Prime131 Grill, Temple Shir Tikva, the Islamic Center, Carriage House and Camp Chickami next door, we already have concentrated traffic jams on weekends, holidays and event days. Plus stop-n-go every morning and evening. If you drive Route 20, you will be affected. If you live near it, even worse.
- Lose the value of your home: If you live near this big development, do you think it will improve or degrade the value of your home? Do you live on Boston Post Road, Pinebrook Road, Rich Valley Road, Sylvan Way, Hayward Road, White Road, Lundy Lane, Springhill Road, Lee Road, Wheelock Road, Dairy Farm Lane or Glover Road? What will this do to your neighborhood?
- Too much sewage: Think about up to 99+ toilets concentrated next to Pine Brook. If you live in Wayland, your home has one septic field. Need we say more? Pine Brook is one of only two cold water streams in Wayland, and connects directly to the Sudbury River and the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge.
- Do you want Wayland to look like Route 9 in Framingham? Or do you want to preserve Wayland’s low density and quality of life? This developer, Steven Zeiff, said that he prefers concrete construction. Here is one of his projects in Milford: "Robsham Village":
- Too much water: Wayland’s water supply has been declining for the past five years. You have seen “Mandatory Water Ban” signs every summer. Two of Wayland’s wells ran completely dry in the summer of 2015. Our high, low and average levels are all declining.
The latest news:
14 February: We met the developer, Steven Zeiff, at the Wayland Housing Partnership committee meeting. Zeiff confirmed that he plans to submit a 40B “comprehensive application” in 60 to 90 days for a large development with 89 bedrooms and 10,000 gallons of sewage per day. This app will go directly to the Wayland Zoning Board of Appeals, following the rapid schedule mandated by Massachusetts 40B regulations. So we need to be prepared.
16 February: Zeiff met with the Conservation Commission, which emphasized the importance of Pine Brook and the 100’ wetlands setback required by Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection regulations. The Commission cannot ask specific questions, however, until Zieff submits his full plan.
What you can do:
1. Let’s join together, knock down this crazy project and protect our neighborhoods. Please contact us: StopWreckingWayland@Gmail.com and visit StopWreckingWayland.org (Our new website will be up soon!)
We also have a Facebook group thanks to Kristen FitzPatrick:
2. Send letters to the Wayland Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, Housing Partnership, Conservation Commission and Board of Selectmen: Simple ‘old style’ letters are very effective and become part of the legal public record. Here is the address: (Board name), Wayland Town Building, 41 Cochituate Road, Wayland MA 01778
3. Send letters to the Wayland Town Crier and the Patch: Our local newspapers cover Town issues and should welcome your letters. For the Crier, contact Michael Wyner: email@example.com and for the Patch: Tips@Patch.com
4. Put a sign on your lawn: Our “Mahoney Monster” signs are ready. This is an effective way to advertise our concerns and build support, just like a political campaign. Let us know if you would like one; just email StopWreckingWayland@Gmail.com
Who we are:
A bunch of your neighbors who live near the Monster development, including in no particular order:
- Kerry-Ann and Brent Kendall
- Stewart Smith and Kim Woods
- Tom Nuspl
- Kevin & Kristen FitzPatrick
- Marie Winter
- Rita and Richard Tse
- Mark and Nadine Hays
- Peter and Sue Keller
- Tonya and Rick Peck
- Michelle Leinbach and Rob Travis
- Jasmine and Jim Newland
- David and Emily Weinshel
- Tom and Lee Raymond
- Christopher and Katie Riffle
- Joseph and Laura Schwendt
- Jeanne and Wayne Robison