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Merrimack Valley

October 24, 2013

Berry Street project developer reduces number of units

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While they’re still a long way from voting on the project, several board members expressed their concerns about the developer’s plans.

“You’re asking us to throw them (neighbors) under the bus,” Allan Cuscia told Loth. Holding up a copy of “Man of the House,” the book that U.S. House Speaker Thomas “Tip” O’Neill wrote about his 50-year political career, Cuscia recommended it to Loth and his development team.

“Learning how to compromise,” he said, was O’Neill’s main message.

“My concern is basically the number of units,” Cuscia said.

Fellow board member Paul Koch said he was “in the same place with Allan.” He said he would feel better about the project if Loth reduced the number of apartments to 180.

Colleague Richard Byers suggested there are other areas in the town that would be more appropriate for a large number of apartments. He also pointed out that this location, less than a mile from the Middleton town line, is not close to public transportation.

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