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Posted: Thursday, August 15, 2013 12:10 pm | Updated: 12:13 pm, Thu Aug 15, 2013.

WOBURN - A change to a proposed to an 8-unit condominium development in West Woburn at the Lexington line will not take place after the attorney representing the developer advised the City Council the plans will revert to the original version of the special permit.

The council voted, 9-0, at its most recent regular meeting to restore the project to the format under which it was approved in 2009. In May, the council approved a modification to the original plan at 330 Lexington St.

"As you recall, the plan that was approved for a subdivision as the site plan of record in May of this year reduced the size of the lot," wrote Murtha Cullina attorney Joseph Tarby, representing Burlington developer Robert Murray, in a memo to the council.

"At the time, my client was contemplating conveying a portion of his property to an abutter in Lexington," continued Tarby. "That transaction will not be moving forward. As a result, my client wishes to revert back to the original plan."

Ward 7 Alderman Raymond Drapeau, whose district includes 330 Lexington St., said he has "no issues" with going back to the original plan.

"This gets us back to where we were before," agreed Ward 2 Alderman Richard Gately. "There's no (further) modification. He's just going back to the original plan."

Murray also bought out the so-called affordability component of the project when the modification to the special permit was approved in May. Some councilors at the time questioned the move, but only because there was no financial figure submitted with the request to forgo what was one affordable unit.

The city gives the developer the option of "buying back" the affordability component of a project. Under city ordinance, developers are required to set aside 10 percent of the units for qualified low and/or moderate-income buyers or tenants. The ratio matches the threshold that will not allow developers to submit plans under the so-called "anti-snob" zoning law, which subjects any community with less than 10 percent of its housing stock to Chapter 40B filings for a comprehensive permit that bypasses most local zoning controls.

There is reportedly around $2 million in the city's affordable housing fund.

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  • Linda Herrington posted at 5:50 am on Thu, Mar 12, 2015.

    Linda Herrington Posts: 78

    It was indeed a major fire and if such incidents are not handled on time these could cause severe damage to property and lives. However, in every residential and commercial buildings there should be proper fire safety products to prevent such incidents from happening. To get such products and solutions you have to approach a good fire protection services provider.

  • Linda Herrington posted at 6:26 am on Mon, Mar 9, 2015.

    Linda Herrington Posts: 78

    If they are taking the project back to its original shape then it would be a good move for them. However, big residential as well commercial buildings need to be properly maintained, cleaning such big places could become impossible for the owners, so in such situations it is best to take help of professional cleaners like http://csi-absoluteclean.com.

  • David Majors posted at 3:51 am on Mon, Dec 29, 2014.

    David Majors Posts: 100

    Now that they have gone back to the original plan, it would be better if they do not waste any more time, they should now concentrate on getting the work finished as soon as they can. Now many construction projects are taking place to keep pace with growing demand for affordable housing. Since not all properties have enough space for storing your car or RV, you can hire a storage rental facility. At http://www.bigboystoysstorage.com, you can find out about Big Boys' Toys Storage, the reputed storage facility in Arizona.

  • Linda Herrington posted at 5:35 am on Tue, Dec 23, 2014.

    Linda Herrington Posts: 78

    Hopefully the project would not have to face any issues later and it would ultimately be completed within schedule. However, if any legal issues arise then they should take help of public adjusters to sort out the issues.

  • Linda Herrington posted at 5:33 am on Fri, Dec 19, 2014.

    Linda Herrington Posts: 78

    Before starting any such projects the developers should consider making all arrangements to make the building secure. Now there is a great demand for energy efficient buildings, so the developers should consider installing skylights, they could find wide range of Velux skylights at http://www.skylightdeals.com/velux.aspx.

  • David Majors posted at 6:51 am on Thu, Dec 18, 2014.

    David Majors Posts: 100

    They should consider making this project safe so that they could avoid unfortunate incidents. While conducting any kind of construction work, one should consider taking all safety measures. However, now construction companies and other such service providers could be accessed online, for instance, if you need a roofing company in Chester County, you can find it online at http://pcsexteriors.com.

  • David Majors posted at 4:32 am on Thu, Dec 18, 2014.

    David Majors Posts: 100

    Such incidents could have a huge impact on the community, people need to be more careful otherwise they might have to face disaster. Sometimes people have to face situations where they do not have any control, such as a natural disaster like storm. Thankfully there are service providers available who offer storm damage restoration in Idaho and in other areas.

  • daniell17 posted at 9:16 am on Thu, Nov 20, 2014.

    daniell17 Posts: 35

    A person who has decided to buy an apartment in this building can choose another apartment because this project will take a while to be finished. For example, you should take a look at waterfront homes in Maryland and maybe you will find the house of your dreams.

  • marvinvinn posted at 5:15 am on Mon, Oct 20, 2014.

    marvinvinn Posts: 55

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  • marvinvinn posted at 7:26 am on Mon, Oct 6, 2014.

    marvinvinn Posts: 55

    Find a new location for your project and everyone will forget about this unfortunate accident. For example, many businessmen who want to open a supermarket, they first find Kansas City commercial real estate with huntmidwest.com and choose the one nearest to their headquarters.

  • gorila posted at 5:03 am on Fri, Sep 5, 2014.

    gorila Posts: 34

    It will take a while until these condos will be ready to be put on sale. Meanwhile, anyone interested in buying a real estate property, they can find great offers at apartments in Baytown. If you check their interiors and the surroundings, you will see that these are only high quality apartments.

  • marvinvinn posted at 5:46 am on Wed, Sep 3, 2014.

    marvinvinn Posts: 55

    The firemen did a great job, they put out the fire in no time only because they were equipped properly, with good fire trucks, new water pumps and hoses, etc. The conclusion is that we should always be prepared for such events, with specialty pumps, from dewatering pumps to high pressure pumps or any other specific product.

  • negruvoda posted at 3:45 am on Tue, Aug 26, 2014.

    negruvoda Posts: 63

    This is a bad news, but in time, everything will be repaired, the condo project will be a success and many people will move here without having to remember these events. Meanwhile, all the people who bought a condo in this building, could store their personal stuff in large units. You will find these kind of services at http://www.storcal.com/.


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