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Preserve Green Space in Medford

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On February 1, 2016, a plot of land between McCormack Ave, Tamar Dr and Nathaniel Rd, known by the paper street name of Macklin Rd, was listed for sale as a potential new residential subdivision. The plot was advertised with 14 lots. On February 23, the seller accepted a contingent offer.

The Macklin parcel is 60,000 sq. ft. of undeveloped land. It contains much of Cranberry Brook, a creek and wetland area that provides vital groundwater retention and drainage. These wetlands are protected by local and state laws. Many members of our community were aware of this conservation status, as it limits the ability of a land owner to make changes to existing buildings, or to build new ones.

A new residential subdivision would have major impacts on local residents.

  • Loss of storm/floodwater retention capacity.
  • Increased throughput to sewer and water systems that are already strained.
  • Damage to existing homes from extensive blasting of ledge.
  • Loss of aesthetically pleasing natural green space.
  • Wildlife habitat destruction.
  • Increased traffic near recreation fields and tot lot.
  • Loss of natural noise pollution buffer.

We are very concerned about any new development on this land. We urge the city of Medford to protect its natural resources and consider the concerns of its residents.

If you’d like to receive updates on this issue, e-mail preservemedfordgreenspace@gmail.com .

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