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Cambridge Discovery Park, EOEA #13312
Environmental Notification Form
Elsie C. Fiore, August 22, 2004
Elsie C. Fiore
August 22, 2004
Secretary Ellen Roy Herzfelder
Attention: Nick Zavolas, MEPA Unit
Re: Cambridge Discovery Park, Cambridge, MA
Dear Secretary Herzfelder:
I am a member of the East Arlington Good Neighbor Committee, Coalition for Alewife and the Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA). I also am an elected Town Meeting Member (Prec. 2) in Arlington and former member and Chairman of the Arlington Conservation Commission.
Although I work with and share goals with the above groups, this letter is being written by me as an individual who has been a resident at 58 Mott Street in Arlington, within the Alewife Watershed and within sight of the Bulfinch Project area, for 55 years--a citizen activist who has taken part in reviewing and discussing most of the projects that have been presented in the Alewife section of the Watershed since 1952.
I have listened over the years to one developer's representative after another, including representatives for Mass Highway, trying to assure the residents that none of the work they (the developers) are proposing will have any adverse impact on the surrounding neighborhood. It happens on occasion that a member of a given developer's team will seemingly be switching sides, depending on which role he or she is being asked to represent - developmental or environmental.
I do not pretend to be a technical expert in construction or road planning. However, I do understand both of these concepts, and by observation over the years, I have noted that developers who have built in this area in recent years suffer from increased flooding and major traffic problems, two issues that cannot be ignored. In addition, it is hard to overlook water rising in basements; inundating playing fields; or floating sewage into neighborhoods and onto lawns.
I embrace the concerns expressed by responders to the ENF in the above matter. I may not agree with some of what they see as positive. However, at this time I submit the following: