Residents, officials fight plan for homes on former Polaroid property

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A group of Norwood residents and officials are working to block a 296-unit affordable-housing project proposed on land designated for commercial use, saying the additional residents would put a huge burden on municipal services.

“It’s a lot. How are we going to accommodate it?” said resident Robert Gawlak, who lives near the land formerly owned by Polaroid, where the development is proposed. He said the nearly 300 new homes would put a strain on the police, fire, and school departments, and exacerbate the traffic problems along that stretch of Route 1A.

The Campanelli company is looking to build Upland Woods, 11 three-story buildings of one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments on 23.65 acres of vacant land.

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