Poll: Selectmen Discuss Greenwood Property in Closed Session

Take our poll on whether you agree with the Historical Commission's decision to invoke a delay to demolition of the former school on Greenwood Avenue.


One night after the voted to delay the Greenwood Avenue condos for nine months, the Selectmen met in executive session to discuss legal action that has already been filed against the project.

The Selectmen made no comment on their private discussion last Wednesday about the town's legal strategies on a lawsuit filed against the project.

Groom Construction is proposing to buy the old Middle School building from the town and tear it down. It would replace it with a 41-unit condominum building.

Some neighbors oppose the proposal and have hired attorneys. One of the attorneys, Carl Goodman, has filed a suit, challenging the zoning bylaw that the town enacted to make the project possible.  

The Historical Commission voted for the delay in hopes of finding a way to preserve at least some of the building. 

Developers argued that the old deteriorating building has limited historical significance left in the building and to preserve it would be at a cost much more than to demolish it. 

Alex August 01, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Proposals look hardly practical. Not only the listed parts of the building are too ugly to improve appearance of any new building, reusing a cupola should be expensive in a building of a different size. Ditto for the wall or what you described as "the ornate entrances" - whoever designed them did not suffer from the excess of a good taste. Another rhetoric is just silly: "What Swampscott High graduate earning a living as a carpenter would not want to volunteer time to help restore the cupola..." Probably quite a few of them would not but what about legality of such a volunteer work in a commercial development? And what exactly "passion for education" has to do with having a plaque on the wall saying that "the school was there"?
Bridget Russo August 01, 2012 at 09:04 PM
I have never heard the term Swampscototian before. Back in the day, we used to say Swampscotter. I wouldn't say Salemotian. Or Lynnotian. Maybe this will start a trend!
Jean Reardon August 06, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Bety As a member of the Historical Commission I can tell you that we do NOT make rulings on trees being taken down regardless of age, you may have us confused with the Town Tree Warden. However if the 100 yr old chestnut tree was on HIS property why did he ask permission for it to be taken down??? He has ervey right to take down a tree on his property.
Liz August 06, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Jean, members of the HC at the time deemed his home to be historical, they visited the property and at thier advise he put a placque on the home, date built, at the same time they raved about the trees are extinct they were becoming. My point is do not over step bounds and be sure to know the facts before speaking...
Fred Bollen August 15, 2012 at 06:50 PM
I agree with EM's comments. I believe that the Historical Commission's actions were unbiased and within their established duties. Unpopular decisions are never easy to make.


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