Residents of the Mill Road area presentation to the ZBA 2/20/14
Residents’ Evaluation 276 Mill Road
This Project is Not in Chelmsford’s Best Interest!
Violates 40B selection criteria.
Does not conform to Town’s housing and master plans.
Traffic and Safety hazards abound
Ignores Health concerns
Risk loss of Global businesses headquartered in Chelmsford !
The Affordable Housing Plan not valid! Needs to be revised…
15+ acres of UML West NEVER part of plan!
384 Aspen 40B Units
Impact on Town Plans
• Master Plan
– Commercial land is gone
– IA best use for JOBS or other technical purpose
– It is NOT residential use for a reason
• Affordable Housing Plan
– Needs to be revised using more current data
– It no longer reflects reality
• Town wide Water and Sewer
Safety issues with BOTH water and sewer
State has limited our well water draw NOW!
Emergency water restrictions in place NOW!
Town sewer is at capacity, location is as well
Site Health and Safety Issues
Health Department is Opposed!
13% slope from top to Mill Road – Ice Storm anyone?
Driveways and building access not optimum for fire trucks
Do you want children to wait for the bus here?
• Town liability when first resident claims illness
Reviewer comment, I used to drive this street, but there’s too much traffic now
Adjacent Safety/Environmental Issues
Many unsecured mechanical items . Okay for IA… NOT for families!
• The site will not allow 360 degree access to two buildings
• It CAN happen in Chelmsford and it has… with deadly effect
Traffic will Not Get Better
Mill Rd: abused ‘scenic road’... already sees heavy traffic.
Project outlet is near a hazardous turn.
Zoll traffic will be competing and queuing at same turn.
There are frequent road obstructions in GOOD weather.
Project will adversely affect abutters with Global presence !
Interruptions to manufacturing and increased site liabilities.
Will damage the marketing of limited IA space in Chelmsford.
There are Alternatives!
1. Revise AHMP to include
all viable areas to meet
housing goals and new
residents requirements …
2. Mill Rd is a prime
location for a
Megawatt scale solar
There are Alternatives!
3. The 34 acres of the abandoned UMASS Lowell West campus
is the PRIME location to create phased development to meet
ALL 40B requirements for Chelmsford!
An Abandoned Fire Hazard with full infrastructure and excellent
topography ready to go!!
There are Alternatives