By Jessica Trufant
The Patriot Ledger
WEYMOUTH – The zoning board of appeals on Wednesday approved a developer’s request for a special permit for a 50-unit, six-story condominium building on Weymouth Neck. DAI Property Management of Braintree will build the new building on a 15-acre lot at 84-94 Broad Reach, which is already home to a 72-unit condominium building. The project, Seascape of Weymouth, will include 22 covered parking spaces, seven four-unit garages and 59 exterior spaces. Both the order of conditions and covenant for Seascape prohibit any further residential or commercial development on the site.
Adam Brodsky, a lawyer representing Weymouthport residents, said at the first public hearing that covenants sometimes fail to block development, and suggested a conservation restriction on the property. But Town Solicitor Joseph Callanan said Wednesday that the developer was not willing to consider a conservation restriction because Seascape may want to add amenities, like a pool or a tennis court. Callanan said officials could still “get to the results they’re looking for” to protect the property.
Frank Marinelli, a lawyer representing DAI Property Management, and Brodsky worked together to revise the covenant instead. Some residents had expressed concern that the project will uncover contaminants left in the ground from fertilizer plants that operated there between the 1880s and 1960s. Hundreds of condos were added in the 1970s and 1980s.
State and federal officials later found arsenic and lead contamination on several parcels. A clean-up program was implemented, and the state determined in 2008 that contaminants pose no significant risk for certain uses, including multi-family residential properties.
Linda DiAngelo, president of the Back River Watershed Association, reiterated that excavation crews will uncover contaminated soil during construction.
“The site is cleaned up and (the developer) is going to hit contamination, so it’s still a significant risk to go forward with project,” she said, encouraging the board to review recommendations made by conservation agent Mary Ellen Schloss.
District 1 Town Councilor Becky Haugh said the big concern she heard from residents is that River Street is in “horrendous condition,” and she urged the town to address it in light of another project.
“The sidewalks are horrible and the road is horrible,” she said. “Almost all residents want to see that road repaved, and the project should be a reason this gets addressed.”