Stop Environmentally Destructive Housing Project

Fowl Meadow Area

Target: MassHousing Executive Director Tom Gleason

Goal: Prevent the construction of an apartment complex in an environmentally sensitive area.

A nonprofit public agency seeking to benefit the public, MassHousing has provided over $13 billion in financing for potential homeowners. It also provides funding to help support the Commonwealth of Massachusetts by contributing financial offsets to help balance out budget cuts to state housing programs. The work this agency does in seeking to provide affordable housing is admirable. Unfortunately, one decision being made by MassHousing could prove to be a tragic misstep, supporting the Milton Mews 40B development project—a five story, 276-unit apartment complex that would be built along Brush Hill Road in Milton. Under the 40B affordable housing rules it would be financed by MassHousing and exempt from local permitting requirements. While this seems a beneficial and well-intentioned project, its completion would occur at a tremendous environmental expense.

The development is proposed to be built in an environmentally sensitive region in the state-designated Fowl Meadow Area directly abutting the Neponset River Reservation. This region has been officially deemed one of only 30 statewide Areas of Critical Environmental Concern since 1995 and is mapped as both core habitat as well as estimated habitat for multiple species within the state. Even were the land not protected the project would still degrade an extremely large region of important value wildlife habitat. Beyond the land that would be overtly destroyed for the development, storm water from the site will also have an impact upon the water quality of surrounding wetland and river habitats.

Ultimately the chosen site is too ecologically valuable to be developed for housing. A re-development project is commendable but it must not be built here. State funds must be withdrawn so that the Milton Mews 40B development project does not come to pass.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Executive Director Gleason,

MassHousing has proven a vital and valuable agency of tremendous benefit to the state of Massachusetts. Beyond offering over $13 Billion in financing for potential homeowners it has also provided funding to help support the Commonwealth of Massachusetts by contributing financial offsets to balance out budget cuts to state housing programs. Unfortunately, despite the good this agency has accomplished, it is not impervious to mistakes. One decision being made by MassHousing could prove to be such a mistake, supporting the Milton Mews 40B development project.

The Milton Mews 40B development project is a five story, 276-unit apartment complex which would be built along Brush Hill Road in Milton. As a project being conducted under the 40B affordable housing rules it would be financed by MassHousing. It would also thusly be exempt from local permitting requirements. While this may make it seem a beneficial and well-intentioned project, its completion would occur at a tremendous environmental cost.

The site chosen for this development is located within an environmentally sensitive region in the state-designated Fowl Meadow Area directly, which directly abuts the Neponset River Reservation. This region has been officially deemed an Area of Critical Environmental Concern since 1995. Beyond this the region has been mapped as core habitat for multiple species within the state. Even were the land not protected the project would still be harmful as it would degrade an extremely large region of important wildlife habitat. The impact would also reach beyond the land overtly destroyed for the development as storm water from the site will also have an impact upon the water quality of surrounding wetland and river habitats.

This site is simply too ecologically valuable to be developed for housing. A re-development project is commendable but it must not be built here. State funds must be withdrawn so that the Milton Mews 40B development project does not come to pass in its currently planned locale.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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One Comment

  1. J Davidson says:

    We must preserve every bit of what remains of our natural environments and their ecology. This is not the way to provide housing, which will be destructive.

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