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February 21, 2014

Willowdale neighbors blast proposed 12-unit subdivision


“The noise level is going to be ridiculous with no trees,” said Haskell.

Ana Ortins of Felton Street cited the impact on wildlife. “We have herds of deer. Red tail hawks. Turkeys. Maybe some don’t care about them. ... But where will they go?” She also noted already existing problems obtaining water pressure in the area and wondered if they might be made worse with more homes drawing from the supply.

“We don’t need it,” said former school Superintendent Lou Perullo, who came with daughter-in-law Adriana and spoke on behalf of her and his son Gregory, abutters.

Marylinda Antoniello recalled her father fighting successfully to stop a plan to develop the same property 50 years earlier. “I grew up on 2 Hog Hill Road. And the wetland situation is way worse than they’re saying.”

Acting board Chairman Tom Bettencourt explained to the public that approval of the plan is a lengthy process, requiring the assent of several city boards and departments.

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