The Town Council on Monday is set to take up a zoning proposal that residents of the Russ Street neighborhood fear would clear the way for the construction of a 250-unit apartment building in the 13-acre Pacella industrial park. Town Manager David C. Murphy said the project would generate needed revenue for the town and that the developer would have to gain Town Council approval for a special permit in order to build the residential project. “Typically when developers approach us, it’s for residential development” in that park, Murphy said in an interview. Monday’s vote involves a proposal to allow residential development in the industrial zone with a special permit. It has been opposed by many in a neighborhood of about 240 homes in the northern part of town. “This is not simply a zoning change, it is a total disregard for this neighborhood,” Joseph LaMarre of the Russ Street Neighborhood Association said in an interview. The impact of traffic, height, and density would ruin the quiet neighborhood, LaMarre said, and the town is trying to ram the project through before the end of the year. He said approving the special permitting process would be “one step closer to opening the door that you can never close.” Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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