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This Day In Norwood History-June 7, 1974-Norwood fights plan for housing complex at arena site

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Norwood fights plan for at arena site


By Gary Kayakachoian Globe Staff

June 7, 1974

The sound of cheering fans at has given away to a new type of roar from townspeople and municipal officials.

A proposal to erect 496 apartment units along with a sprawling center at the Route 1 site has triggered controversy in this town of 33,000.

While workmen are knocking down the remains of the sports plant that was damaged by a last winter, a new attempt is being made to develop housing on the 100-acre area.

On three previous occasions according to acting , town representatives rejected housing at the site.

Riolo yesterday confirmed a report that Alan G. Zuker of and Atty. John Mulvihill present a petition signed by 10 local voters to have a new public hearing. He said the session would probably be held July 1, and would set the stage for a to on the latest housing plan at Norwood Arena.

The backers of the development have been accorded the right to build a shopping complex at the location but they are eager to incorporate this proposal with a housing complex plan.

Riolo says that the recent town meeting rejected the housing plan. “The proposal even failed to get a simple majority. You know it needs 2/3 to change the zoning from the present limited manufacturing,” Riolo noted.

Riolo said his board voted 4-1 for the Zuker proposal with the lone dissenter , a teacher. Cavanaugh, according to Riolo, felt that Norwood was oversaturated with apartments and the would generate more public school children.

Riolo stated the developer argued that only 10-11 youngsters would be going to the public from the proposed project

Plans show that 470 of the apartments would be one-room units and the remainder 2 bedrooms with the complex catering to low and moderate income families and retired people, Riolo said.

The multi-million dollar project would return some $300,000 annually in taxes after it is completed within a four-year period, but it is not known what Norwood would get in return on the shopping complex. “The housing plan would reflect between $2.50 and $3.00 on the tax rate, “Riolo said.

Norwood’s current tax rate is $38 and based on a firm 100 percent valuation. Norwood has shown a steady and there are some 2000 apartment units dotting the 10-square-mile community.

Fri, Jun 7, 1974 – 24 · The Boston Globe (Boston, Massachusetts) · Newspapers.com

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