Town Meeting Voters Approve Rezoning To Allow 50 Apartment Units & 2 Dine-In Restaurants At Lowell St./West St. Intersection

WILMINGTON, MA — At the 2020 Annual Town Meeting, Wilmington voters overwhelming approved the rezoning of 100 and 102 West Street from “General Business” and “General Industrial” to “Neighborhood Mixed Use.”

Article 64, which passed 123 to 3, will allow for the construction of a 50-unit apartment complex and two sit-down restaurants at the intersection of Lowell Street and West Street, near the 93 interchange.

In 2017, Global Montello Group announced its intentions to build a 4,800 square foot, 24/7 gas station with 10 pumps and a deli-style restaurant with 52 seats. A 3,000 square foot building would have subsequently been built behind the gas station — possibly a bank, small pharmacy or sit-down restaurant. Global eventually abandoned the project.

Derek Santini, owner of the Mobil on the Run gas station across the street, then purchased the land in February 2019 for $2.425 million

Attorney Robert Peterson Sr., representing Santini, told Town Meeting voters that the new proposed use of the property would significantly reduce the number of vehicular trips that were expected under prior developments. According to Peterson, the Global gas station was projected to generate 5,000 cars per day, while the apartment complex is expected to generate just 270 cars on a weekday based on the results of a recent traffic study.

“Mr. Santini and I have discussed this proposal with the Planning Department and the neighbors. We’ve done everything right with this project and are committed to a very orderly development of the parcel,” said Petereson. “We had a meting back in March at Tremezzo with the neighbors. I don’t recall any objections — most, if not all, were in favor of the retail portion of the site.”

Petereson also noted that the apartment complex would add 7-9 affordable units to Wilmington’s housing stock.

Former Selectwoman Suzanne Sullivan spoke in favor of the project.

“There’s been so many developments I haven’t been in favor of and fought. For this particular parcel, I’ve always wanted to see it get rezoned as general industrial zoning would have a big negative impact on the community,” said Sullivan. “I’m totally in favor of this article. It’s a great use for that parcel. People have always been saying for a long time they want more restaurants in town.”

Selectman Gary DePalma also spoke in favor of the project, noting “it will be good for the town” and “is not as big of a project that I feared it would be.”

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