In addition to the noise, Raymond said residents worry about the health effects of the stone dust that would be generated.
But Regnante said that his clients and the city hired experts who concurred that the blasting and rock-processing plans are safe, and steps will be taken, including erecting sound and dust barriers.
“The only issue concerning the increased blasting was the duration of time involved in the process. And the duration of time is not locally regulated by the city,” he said.
Regnante said the project would help meet a need for affordable housing, and in particular rental apartments, in the Woburn area.
Ward 2 Alderman Richard F. Gately Jr., another outspoken opponent of the plan, said the developers could quiet the controversy by simply constructing the project for which they already hold a permit.
“Don’t make it worse for the neighbors than it was already going to be,” he said.
Regnante said his clients determined the plan for a single building — with a garage beneath it — was not economical, adding that even the Board of Appeals agreed that the modified plan is “much more attractive.”
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