WOBURN - After granting a special permit that will allow a Billerica man to continue a project to build a single-family house, the City Council issued a warning to all prospective developers to respect its processes.
Salvatore Turco brought in approximately 740 yards of fill to construct a yard around a house off Silvermine Road in West Woburn, reportedly before he realized a special permit was required.
The council subsequently ordered him to have the fill tested, and it came back clean, allowing Turco to escape the council’s wrath.
“I want to forewarn anyone who brings in dirty fill that the project is all over and done with,” said City Council President Paul Denaro. “And they’re getting it (fill) out of the city.”
To its approval, the council added a condition that no more fill can be brought into the site.
The council noted the special permit is for the fill only. Turco will still be required to obtain approval for the construction of the house itself.
“He (Turco) has a long way to go before any building permit is issued,” said Ward 2 Alderman Richard Gately.
Matthew Hamor, of Hancock Associates, told the council his client hired an engineer who tested the fill, which he said came from “all residential” sites. The soil samples report was submitted to DPW Supt. Jay Duran for review.
“The soil was tested and came back fine,” said Hamor.
In response to a question from Alderman at-large Richard Haggerty about the slope of the property, Hamor said there are two terraces each with a 4-foot drop, but thus far those plans are only conceptual.
“A more detailed plan will be provided when we come in with the final design for the house,” said Hamor.
Ward 7 Alderman Raymond Drapeau, whose district includes Silvermine Road, asked how the slope would be retained. Hamor said the weight of the fill itself will keep it in place once it is distributed in the yard.
“The infrastructure will be beyond the confines of where the soils were brought in,” said Hamor. “It will be loamed and seeded, probably into a sloped lawn.”
No one from the audience spoke during the public hearing.
Silvermine Road is located off Russell Street, about halfway between Four Corners and the Lexington line on the southerly side on the first hill.