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May 20, 2013

Cummings to build on Dunham Road site

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The Dunham Castle Condominium Trust, an association representing the 60-unit condominium development next door to 50 Dunham Road, has filed a motion to intervene in the case, saying it has a stake in the court’s decision.

The condo association hired a lawyer last year when Cummings Properties cut down more than 150 trees on the property in front of the condo development, eliminating a buffer between residents and Route 128.

In its filing, the condo association said residents will be affected by “the loss of what has historically been undeveloped woodlands.”

Clarke said the proposed building would not be near a vernal pool and would not be impacted by the litigation. He said the company is not being confrontational with its legal action, but wants a third party to sort out a disagreement over how the environmental regulations should be interpreted.

Clarke said the new building would go up on the site of the current parking lot for the Parker Brothers building, which is set back in the woods and is not visible from Dunham Road or Route 128.

The company has asked the city’s Planning Board to schedule a public hearing on the project. Clarke said the building would probably not be built until next year.

The current building on the site has three tenants, including the headquarters for the Fantastic Sams hair salon chain. Clarke said the company has made improvements to the four-story building and recently signed leases with two new tenants.

“We’re doing our best to lease space at both Cummings Center and at 50 Dunham Road,” he said. “We’re continuing to hope that the economy will steadily improve.”

Staff writer Paul Leighton can be reached at 978-338-2675 or pleighton@salemnews.com.

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