Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Proposed Zone Change- 916 Williams Street

This letter has been submitted to the LongmeadowBuzz by Mark Gold, a member of the Longmeadow Select Board.... 


916 Williams Street (Colvest-Longmeadow LLC-owner)

At the October 4, 2021 meeting the Select Board voted 3-2 to place an article on the Special Fall Town Meeting warrant that would change the zoning of the parcel of land at the corner of Redfern Drive and Williams Street that is currently the site of the First Church of Christian Scientists.
This 2.92 acre site has been owned by a developer for several years.  The developer is seeking the zone change from residential to commercial to allow for commercial development of the property.
At a hearing earlier this summer, the Longmeadow Planning Board voted 4-1 to oppose this zone change.  Their primary reason for this opposition was that the developer did not present a site and design plan for review by the Planning Board, but rather discussed general alternatives for the development of the property.  The Planning Board opposed the zone change because without an approved site and design review by the Board, a zone change would give a developer " carte blanche" to construct commercial development on the property.
This proposed zone change will be the subject of a vote at the Special Town Meeting that will be held on Tuesday, November 2nd at 7 PM (location to be determined).  
It is important that residents interested in voicing and voting their opinions on this proposal attend that meeting IN PERSON.  There are no provisions for absentee or proxy voting at a town meeting. 
If you are interested in contributing your vote to this issue, please attend this meeting.  If you know of someone who lives in the neighborhood who should know of this upcoming vote, please pass along this information to them. 
Mark Gold/ Longmeadow Select Board