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January 10, 2013

Route 1 project stopped by mayor

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If it isn’t done, he added, a further step would be to seek satisfaction in the courts.

Marchese had originally planned a bowling alley on Route 1, with a 14-home subdivision called Winona Woods out back. The bowling alley “fell through,” according to the mayor.

By 2008, sharp opposition had developed from neighbors who had first welcomed the housing development as a preferred alternative to a condominium complex. Later, they lamented that a wooded area had been cleared of every tree and they no longer recognized it.

Planning Board Chairman Jack Creeden noted that the developer “had big plans. Then he just left it. ... He did nothing about planting trees or doing anything to protect the neighborhood.”

“It’s been an ongoing problem,” Bettencourt said.

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