Town Officials Review Subdivision Plan For Site Of Proposed Detox Facility

WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Community Development Technical Review Team met on Monday, December 18 in Room 9 of Town Hall to discuss the preliminary subdivision plan submitted for 362 Middlesex Avenue, the site of a proposed detox center facility.

The technical review team consists of representatives from various town departments, including Planning, Conservation, Public Works (including Engineering & Utilities), Police, Fire, Building Inspector, and Town Assessor.  They meet to review and offer feedback on new proposals scheduled to go in front of the town’s Planning Board.

Planning Director Valerie Gingrich began the brief 15-minute meeting by clearing up the nature of the plans being discussed.  She clarified that a preliminary subdivision plan, NOT a site plan review, has been submitted to her office.

“[The proposal is] just to split the existing lot into two lots with a roadway. No building. No use. Nothing like that. We’re just looking at a subdivision,” said Gingrich. “I want to make sure to get that out there so we’re all on the same page.”

The project’s engineer gave a brief summary of the proposed subdivision, calling it a “very simple submittal” and noting that the subdivision complies with the regulations of the zoning bylaw.

Aside from the Town Engineer, most team members reserved comment and questions until a final plan is submitted.

“There will be a lot of details that will be worked out as we go through this process and file a definitive plan,” acknowledged the applicant’s engineer.

The preliminary subdivision plan is available for public viewing in the Planning Department’s Office from 8:30am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday.

In one of the few new developments to come out of the meeting, the applicant’s engineer revealed that the project’s proponents hope to maintain the existing warehouse located towards the back of the parcel.

Also of note, because of the small size of the subdivision, the applicant will likely request various waivers from the Planning Board to exempt the subdivision from certain regulations, including the required width of the roadway turnaround.  The Planning Board may even encourage the applicant to seek waivers on certain requirement, including a requirement to create a grass strip between the sidewalk and the curb.

“We’re updating our subdivision rules and regulations.  They haven’t been updated since they were created in the 1970’s,” said Gingrich. “Waivers are not out of the question. The Planning Board has been granting them on a pretty regular basis.”

“We’re still developing a list of waiver requests,” the engineer told Gingrich.

The Planning Board will hold a public hearing on the subdivision plan at its upcoming meeting on Tuesday, January 2 in the Town Hall Auditorium. The meeting starts at 7:30pm, with discussion on the plan scheduled to begin at 7:50pm.

Watch Monday’s Community Development Technicial Review Team meeting, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television, below:

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2 thoughts

  1. There are chemicals so lethal in some of the drugs that are on the street that it has been reported that people have died cleaning up after an overdose death. Some questions that need to be answered are: Is the detox facility proposed going to be on sewer or septic? Having lethal chemicals from a detox facility and its bathrooms going into the ground in a high water table area should not be allowed. Has there been an identification of all private wells in the area and have these people been notified of the potential risk? Is it true that a detox facility with beds falls under the umbrella of hospital and is it exempt from paying property taxes to the town? Should a special permit be issued by a town board knowing that our environment and local emergency responders will be put at risk and the town receive zero tax dollars from a facility that will be hauling in big bucks? Is it true that the owner of the facility also owns a liquor store? Is it true that alcohol is classified as a poison? Would it be possible that a detox facility owned by a liquor store owner would be drying out drunks so they can get back to work and earn money so they can buy more liquor and then pay more money to the detox center?

    1. I know the answer to one of your questions… wow, so many… I guess that’s the point, right? This detoxification in-patient hospital is set up to become a for-profit business and as such should be subject to taxes. Of course, if it qualifies as a small business or part of a larger business, I can’t answer to what type of “tax break” a.k.a. deficit-increasing discounts it can apply to its tax documents.

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