Roundup of town committee and meeting news: Barn Hollow problems continue, fighting over Stonebrook construction, and concerns over charter school impact

The Metrowest Daily News sometimes covers stories about town committees and meetings that I miss or don’t have time to do justice to.

Some of these stories are relevant to upcoming town committee meetings this week. So, here is the latest roundup ….

Board: Barn Hollow land in Southborough remains problematic – from MWDN:
Despite assurances that everything had been fixed, members of two town boards say there are still problems with undeveloped land at Barn Hollow.

“It’s obvious – and we appreciate – the work done by Brendon Homes and the (neighbors) to remove some of the (structures) in the open space,” Open Space Preservation Commission member Frederica Gillespie said Friday. “However, the land is still not in acceptable condition to be accepted as open space as identified in our bylaws.” (read more)

Southborough board says it is wary of charter schools – from MWDN:
With a new charter school recently proposed in Westborough, school officials this week questioned the value of such schools and said they were worried about possible budgetary impacts.

“They’re damaging, I think, public schools everywhere, because the funding mechanism takes (money) from the public schools,” Neary Elementary Principal Linda Murdock said Wednesday during a School Committee discussion. (read more)

Stonebrook Village
The following two stories are related. At last week’s Planning Board meeting, two abutters voiced concerns about Stonebrook Village. Here is the initial story on conflicts and a follow up on resident Lisa Braccio’s feud with Capital Group Properties over the project construction.

Southborough developer, resident at odds over senior housing proposal – from MWDN:
The Zoning Board of Appeals last week cleared the way for Depietri to build a 15-condominium senior housing project off Oregon Road called Stonebrook Village. An attorney for Braccio and another neighbor argued that the project had been improperly brought before the ZBA. The town’s lawyer and the ZBA disagree.

The ZBA granted a special permit but delegated some of the decision-making on the project to the Planning Board.

The Planning Board took the baton Monday where Braccio and neighbor Meme Luttrell complained about construction and worried about trees that might be felled. (read more)

Feud between developer and Southborough neighboring longstanding – from MWDN:
A tense exchange at a Town Meeting this week between a developer and Oregon Road resident came after months of disputes at the work site, including one in which two residents reported being assaulted by a contractor. (read more)

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