Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Proposed specialty cinema at the MarketStreet Lynnfield site generates debate in town. This letter to local media outlets comes from 59 residents.
Tuesday, March 12
The following letter to the editor was provided by 59 Lynnfield residents in regard to the debate over a proposed specialty cinema that National Development plans to seek voter approval for at the fall town meeting. To the Editor: March 7, 2013 We are writing to request that National Development (“ND”) completely withdraw (not just delay), its proposal to add a multiplex movie theater (“multiplex”) to Market Street. We want ND to honor the character of the development that was proposed and passed by the Town as well as the deal ND struck with the Market Street neighbors in 2007 to gain support for the development. If ND does not withdraw its proposal, and brings this before the Town again next fall, we are asking you to once again vote …
Friday, March 8, 2013
National Development indicates that instead of seeking voter approval for its specialty cinema at the spring town meeting, it will now wait until the fall.
A proposed warrant article for this spring’s town meeting seeking approval for a specialty cinema at MarketStreet Lynnfield has been moved back to the fall town meeting. In a letter announcing the change this week, Ted Tye, managing partner of National Development, wrote that “based on the short time period until town meeting and the need to continue to work on important details of our proposal, we have decided to delay filing a zoning amendment for the addition of a town center cinema at MarketStreet.” If approved by town voters, the proposed cinema would open in late 2014 or early 2015 with Phase 2 of MarketStreet Lynnfield. National Development and supporters of the idea maintain that this is a good fiscal move for the town and also a …
Thursday, March 7, 2013
J.M. Electrical Company worked on energy effiicient boilers for a large Boston Housing Authority Project.
Lynnfield-based J.M. Electrical Company announced recently that it has completed construction and project operations for a Boston Housing Authority project in Charleston. The company specializes in advanced automated building system installations. In its announcement, the company reported that it had installed Alerton controls, emergency lighting and wiring for new energy efficient boilers in 24 buildings for low- and moderate-income residents. Boston Mayor Tom Menino was quoted in the announcement as saying that "projects like this prove that low-income housing can also be energy-efficient housing." J.M. Electrical's project manager, Adam Palmer, cited the environmental and job creation benefits of focusing on energy efficiency. In its …
Monday, March 4, 2013
The "Have a Heart" raffle runs through March 10th.
The Ninety Nine Restaurant in Lynnfield has announced that it's participating in the annual "Have a Heart" raffle, which raises funds for the Pine Street Inn. In an announcement, the Ninety-Nine noted that it has supported the Pine Street Inn, the largest resource for homeless men and women, for over 30 years. The raffle runs through March 10th at Ninety-Nine restaurants in Massachusetts. Tickets are $2 each or three for $5, with all proceeds to benefit the Pine Street Inn. Winners from each participating location will win a pair of Green Monster seats to a Red Sox game this summer.
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Judith P. Dami-Boone, DNP, CENP, RN, to oversee day and residential programs for adults with developmental disabilities and mental illnesses.
Thursday, February 28
The following was provided by Bridgewell, a Lynnfield based provider of services to the developmentally disabled and mentally ill. Judith P. Dami-Boone, DNP, CENP, RN of Lynnfield has been named by Bridgewell to be Director of Health Care for its many day and residential programs serving adults with developmental disabilities and mental illness. Bridgewell is a private, nonprofit based in Lynnfield that provides a variety of human services programs throughout eastern Massachusetts. Boone comes to Bridgewell with nearly 25 years of experience as a nurse and has held a number of professional positions in both community programs and hospital settings, including Children’s Hospital in Boston, and taught as an adjust professor at several …
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
The MBTA and National Development have indicated so far there are no plans for a bus stop at MarketStreet Lynnfield. Others aren't so sure.
Last week, Lynnfield residents Wally McKenzie and Joe DeMaina spoke with this website about their concerns over a proposal by National Development to add what is described as a specialty cinema to Phase 2 of MarketStreet Lynnfield. During that conversation, the two maintained that it's just a matter of time until MBTA bus service comes to Lynnfield - possibly by extending service from the Hannaford's on Route 1 Saugus down Walnut Street. However, in follow-up inquiries with both National Development and the MBTA, this website was told that there are no current plans for bus service at MarketStreet Lynnfield. In these two video clips from Monday's occasionally heated selectmen's meeting, DeMaina indicates that an MBTA source has told him …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Tenants expected to be opening up at MarketStreet starting in late August into the fall. Two well-known names announced Monday night.
The MarketStreet at Lynnfield development will include a Williams Sonoma and a Pottery Barn, reported National Development Managing Partner Ted Tye at Monday night's selectmen's meeting. Tye was at the meeting to provide an update on the project, noting that 16 buildings are now under construction - four residential with the others as retail. Whole Foods is expected to open in late August, with others following from Labor Day into November, he added. Some tenants will also reportedly start moving into the 180 Arbor Point luxury points at the development in September, with some 10,000 square feet of office space, including the future Al Merritt Media and Cultural Center, also set to be ready in the fall. Tye also provided a rundown of a …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
This week, Lynnfield Patch checked in with National Development and with the MBTA to see if bus service is part of the plan for MarketStreet Lynnfield.
Earlier this week during a conversation about the proposed specialty cinema at MarketStreet Lynnfield, another topic that came up was the possibility that MBTA bus service could be extended to the development after it opens. Lynnfield residents Wallace McKenzie and Joe DeMaina maintain that eventually, an MBTA bus line is likely to make its way up to the town's largest-ever commercial development - possibly by extending an existing line serving Lynn and/or Saugus. If this scenario did happen, they said the town would end up paying a considerable amount each year to the MBTA, which currently does not have service in Lynnfield. Still, National Development and the MBTA both said this week that a bus stop is not part of the plan at …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Possible town meeting warrant will ask voters to approve what is described as a specialty cinema at MarketStreet Lynnfield. The debate looks like it won't be an easy one.
As reported last week on this website, National Development expects to ask voters at Lynnfield town meeting to approve what is described as a speciality cinema for Phase 2 of the MarketStreet Lynnfield project. Phase 2 would not open until late 2014 or early 2015, Ted Tye of National Development told Lynnfield Patch earlier this month. For a look at the businesses that will open with Phase 1 of MarketStreet Lynnfield in late summer, click here. While the proposed 8-screen cinema itself is new, discussions of a movie theater at MarketStreet Lynnfield have been going on since the earliest days of the project in 2007 when an initial proposal envisioned 16 screens before being scaled back. A movie theater was not included as a permitted zoning…
Boat and auto repair, storage of animal manure and commercial fertilizers, and mining are among activities specifically prohibited under town's 2007 Planned Village Development District Bylaw.
This week during an interview with some local residents about a proposed specialty cinema at the MarketStreet Lynnfield site, town resident Wallace McKenzie noted that a movie theater is one of 14 uses not currently permitted for the site under town zoning law. Always more intrigued by the things you aren't supposed to do, I was eager to take a closer look at Lynnfield's Planned Village Development District Bylaw from 2007, long before any of the construction work got underway. The following is from the text of the bylaw: 9.5.6 Prohibited uses or activities in the PVDD. All uses not expressly allowed are prohibited. The following uses are expressly prohibited: 1. Landfills, open dumps, or the disposal of solid wastes, other than brush or …