North & South Rivers Watershed Association

Amended Pembroke 40B Project Should Still Not Be Approved

The developer of the River Marsh 40B project at 274 Water Street in Pembroke recently resubmitted to the state for eligibility with a negligible reduction in the number of units. The River Marsh LLC proposal is now to develop 56 townhouse condominium style housing units instead of the original 68 unit proposal. This amended proposal shows no attempt to address any of the substantive environmental issues that we provided comment on previously.  Specifically, our concerns related to this proposal are the size, intensity and footprint of this development abutting and on top of unique and sensitive wetland resource areas and endangered species habitat. This environmentally sensitive site should simply not be considered for intensive development.

The stance of the NSRWA is that the environmental issues are still relevant and we have told Mass Housing that we still think they should deny them permission to build. The town of Pembroke has done a wonderful job of putting together their comment letter and is working in concert with us to make our voices heard.

The town website has information on the 40B and the developers’ submissions and town’s responses.  To read more about the proposed project and the Pembroke Board of Selectmen’s response click here. To read the NSRWA Comment Letter to Mass Housing on the amended project click here. To see our original letter to Mass Housing click here.

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