The state's rejection of the land swap is a victory for the North Beverly Neighborhood Association and others who opposed the swap in February's special election.
Voters approved a zoning change that would have led to the land swap. But Brimbal Avenue resident Dan DeAngelis said the Department of Transportation's decision validates what neighbors have been saying all along.
"We're grateful that the DOT recognized that this was an unbuildable location for the road," DeAngelis said. "This was something we were suggesting long ago. So many of the issues that were raised (by supporters of the land swap) turned out not to be true. The (state) money is still there and a road can be built. It wasn't contingent on taking over the landfill."
DeAngelis said the state's letter about potential problems with putting a road through the landfill raises concerns about what can be built there, including a shopping plaza.
"Everything that's in this report would certainly raise questions about the viability of that land for anything," he said.
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