“Everyone wants that property to be developed, myself included,” said Mary Brannelly, a realtor who lives near the site. “But not this proposal.”
Brannelly said she favors a grocery store at the site, but not big-box retailers. “It will absolutely change the character of Maynard forever, and I don’t think it will be in a good way.”
Capital Group Properties says the project would bring up to 600 part-time and full-time jobs to town, as well as 550 construction jobs. It also says the development would add more than $1 million to town coffers each year through new property taxes, although opponents say most of that would be eaten up by new services the town would have to provide, such as schooling for children who live in the new apartments.
Town Meeting is to begin at 10 a.m. at Fowler School on April 6, a Saturday. The zoning change requires a two-thirds majority for approval.
“I think most people in Maynard are listening to the opportunity, and they’re going to make up their minds as the rest of the data rolls in,” said Capello, the selectmen chairwoman. “My faith is in the folks at Town Meeting.”
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