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Abutters oppose proposed construction waste facility

Nate Homan | 7/17/2014, 6 a.m.

“We don’t know if we’re for or against the project given the amount of missing or conflicting info,” Downey said. “We don’t know enough about the plan. I was upset that Celtic didn’t come to any of us to discuss this.”

The question of neighborhood traffic was a major concern, seeing how about 250 trucks would potentially be driving in and out of the facility every day.

“We have over 300 businesses here, most of them industrial,” Downey said. “There are about 30,000 employees, half of which live in the city. We’re all about job creation, but we’re constantly being barraged by people wanting to put things down here because no one wants them and they can’t have it both ways. We’ve had three methadone clinics, a potential marijuana dispensary and other propositions for facilities no one else wants in their neighborhood.”

Another lingering question involves the potential of a land grab from the MBTA through eminent domain as part of the South Station expansion. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is trying to expand South Station and looked to Newmarket as a possible location for their layover facility. MBTA spokesperson Joe Pesaturo said that taking the land through eminent domain is not a part of the T’s current Environmental Impact Report for the South Station Expansion project.

“We weighed in in the beginning steps,” Mark McGonagle, Chief of Staff of Boston City Councilor Bill Linehan said. “We supported the idea of a recycling facility and a green building, but have disagreed with everything since. As of now, we cannot go further because of stalled conversation with the MBTA over their decision to claim the land through eminent domain.”

“We’re committed to making a world class city and a giant waste facility is not the way to go for the southern gateway to the city,” Marianne Kaiser, head of Newmarket Food Association said.