LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Selectman McCoy Sticks By His Sciarappa Farm Arguments Despite Attorney’s Criticism

Dear Editor,

Attorney William F. Crowley, who represents fifty percent of the Sciarappa Family ownership, has been writing letters to the editor claiming all the information I have given, and where I got it is a complete falsehood.  What Attorney William F. Crowley has omitted is that I brought forward the information on March 20, 2018 before the Wilmington Planning Board/Fin Com public hearing meeting and also on March 26, 2018 at the Wilmington Board of Selectmen meeting, I demonstrated how I arrived at the numbers that he claims are a falsehood.  What’s most interesting is that Attorney Crowley never showed up at either of the aforementioned hearings nor has he ever referenced them.

Here is where I got the numbers regarding the proposed development at Sciarappa Farm, and keep in mind that they were confirmed by Wilmington Planning Board director Valerie Gingrich:  On page 19 of the 2018 annual town meeting warrant, I used the potential developer’s (Michael Welch of Wilmington) of “just under 76 acres”.  In actuality, there are only 62.5 acres located in Wilmington.  Now go to page 23 of the Wilmington Zoning bylaws;  page 23, section 3.8.15 under multi-family use.  Now do the calculations:  Under the current bylaw, you are able to put 10.89 units.  Multiply 10.89 units x 62.5 acres.  Answer:  680.625 (potential units) 62.5 acres x 43.560 square feet (one acre) = 2,722,500 sq. ft. divided by 4,000 sq. ft. (area allowed for one condo and go up three stories) = 680 condo units, potentially.

On March 20, 2018 at the Wilmington Planning Board/Fin Com public meeting, I asked the question to the Wilmington Planning Board director, Valerie Gingrich “am I correct on the above information?”, and she replied “yes”.  At the public hearing, the entire membership of the Board of Selectmen and Town Manager Jeff Hull were there.  On March 26, 2018 at the Wilmington Board of Selectmen’s meeting, I demonstrated how I arrived at the number of potential units there as well.  In a nutshell, my numbers are correct.  On a 62.5 acre parcel of land, there is potential for 680 condominium units.

In closing, Attorney William F. Crowley is just a hired gun for his client.  His goal is to dispute any fact and try to get as much money as possible for his clients.  I challenge this editorial board to check my calculations and the dates that I have listed.  I am very confident that you will find that my facts are correct and Attorney William F. Crowley is doing what he is being paid to do and at the end of the day, he gets paid whether he wins or loses.

Sincerely,

Wilmington Selectman Michael V. McCoy

[Editor’s Note: Selectman McCoy’s math is correct based on prior statements made by the town’s Planning Director. McCoy’s math depicts a worse case scenario.  Attorney Crowley is claiming, however, that his client only plans on building 250 units.]

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  1. If the builder plans on ‘only’ building 250 units then why isn’t that in article 53?

    I will tell you why – because they are spouting BS and when you factor in the part of the property located in Andover it’s going to likely be in the 800-1000 unit range.

    Does Wilmington need a 680+ unit low cost housing project?

    Nope. We can’t afford it and it will fundamentally change the character of the town. We will need to finally build that new fire substation, increase water/sewer lines, widen the road and build several new schools and have to hire a hundred or more new teachers.

    The new high school is already at at capacity and because of poor design decisions the cafeteria was undersized and the kids already eat in shifts. Where are you going to put a thousand+ new kids from the projects?

    If this goes through we taxpayers are looking at tens of millions of dollars in future overrides to pay for all of it.

    The town should require an economic study done on ANY rezoning request, prior it being put up for a vote so the taxpayers will get a clear picture of how they will be impacted.

    The low cost housing project will enrich a select few while the rest of us will suffer increased taxes and overrides to pay for it.

    Article 53 must be voted down.

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