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September 17, 2013

Crowd brims over

Large turnout forces Brimbal hearing change

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City Councilor Jim Latter, who made the motion to move the meeting, said councilors couldn’t have anticipated such a large turnout.

“I’ve been on the council four years, and I’ve never had to move a meeting,” he said.

Residents have galvanized over the last few weeks over the proposed project, which calls for several changes to the Route 128 interchanges in the area. Scanlon has touted the project as a way to clear up traffic congestion in the Brimbal Avenue area while also opening up land to development that would lead to jobs and tax revenue.

The City Council is considering only a part of the project that would rezone a parcel of land on Brimbal Avenue, across from the Vittori-Rocci Post, that would allow for construction of a $20 million shopping plaza.

Several residents spoke out against the plan two weeks ago, saying it would add more traffic to an already congested area.

Rod Emery, a traffic engineer, had begun a presentation on the project last night when councilors decided to stop the meeting.

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

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