SALEM -- The Lynn City Council has decided to challenge the Lowe’s/Walmart development that was recently approved by the Salem Planning Board.
Councilors voted 9-0 Tuesday night to authorize Lynn’s legal department to take action against the City of Salem or the Planning Board. The development is unpopular with many in Lynn who are concerned that it will make traffic worse on Highland Avenue and exacerbate flooding in a nearby Lynn neighborhood.
Lowe’s intends to build a new store near the Lynn/Salem line that will be set back from Highland Avenue. An existing Walmart will be demolished and replaced with a larger and more modern store. The project also involves expansion of a Meineke store; improvements to Camp Lion, a site that hosts Camp Fire, Boy Scouts and other youth groups; and installation of a new municipal water tank.
Earlier this month, the Salem Planning Board unanimously approved the development proposed by Kennedy Development Group of Revere after a nine-month review. Mayor Kim Driscoll and other city officials support the project because it is expected to generate $225,000 a year in new tax revenue and create more than 100 jobs.