The Coalition says: "We are asking people to come [to Town Hall, Dec. 10th to] show their concern about the Mugar/Oaktree Development plans. Their first meeting is with the Arlington Zoning Board of Appeals. The ZBA is our friend, and we are not protesting them. We will meet in front of Town Hall and march into the meeting together."
Mugar Wetlands: FLOODING The site consists of 17 acres. All but 1.5 of these acres are in the FEMA flood zone. The developer proposes building on seven of these acres, including 5.5 acres in the floodplain.
Floodplains act as a sponge for nearby groundwater and storm water. If this “sponge” is paved over, the floodplain will no longer serve this essential purpose, and the water will flood into East Arlington neighborhoods.
Thorndike Field complex, one of Arlington’s largest soccer and lacrosse fields, abuts the site and currently has high surface and groundwater. The proposed development will increase water levels and reduce the number of days the field can be used.
Residents living between Lake Street and Route 2 and between Mass. Ave. and Route 2 know that groundwater flow and absorption is already a big problem.
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