Archive for June, 2013

The Committee to Preserve Lynnfield is formed

June 29, 2013

Due to the continued attempts by National Development to push through a cinema proposal at Market Street in violation of the zoning by-laws endorsed by the Town and ratified by over 81% of the voters of Lynnfield at Town Meeting, the Committee to Preserve Lynnfield has been formed to ensure that the agreement continues to be honored by National Development.

After being rebuffed three times by multiple town boards and the voting population of Lynnfield, National Development plans to make a fourth attempt to expand the size of the project and to undermine the agreement by once again advocating a cinema at Market Street.

Frank Sawin, Chairman of the Committee, stated “The agreements that were reached in 2007 with the developer and the Town were signed and agreed to by multiple Town Boards and had the backing of more than two-thirds of the voters.”

Winning support for the project was based on two critical stipulations:

  1. No cinema
  2. A reduction in the size of the retail space to 395,000 square feet

The Committee recognizes that National Development has unlimited resources to sway voters and public opinion with its marketing efforts (and without having to report how much they spend on their marketing).  The Committee encourages residents not to be bulldozed by National Development’s aggressive marketing tactics and neighborhood coffees. The Committee will be conforming to all state and local reporting requirements for complete transparency.

Over the coming months, Committee members will be contacting residents throughout the Town to educate voters about the agreement, the history and the impact an expansion of the mall would have on the entire Town of Lynnfield.

The Committee needs your financial and voting support.  Financial contributions can be made by check to:  The Committee to Preserve Lynnfield, P.O. Box 796, Lynnfield, MA 01940.

For more information, please visit and to join the mailing list, please send a request to

A copy of the release can be read by clicking on the following link

Market Street on Google Maps

June 23, 2013

If you enter Market Street on google maps, it take you the the development. If you click on the satellite image though it still shows the golf course.

Selectmen’s meeting update

June 17, 2013

Ted was at the Selectman’s meeting about the fuel storage. I asked if this was needed under the zoning by-law and was told it was required by building code.

I also asked if Mr. Tye had any update on the cinema. Ted didn’t answer and the selectmen didn’t followup.

Board of Selectmen Agenda 06/17/2012

June 15, 2013

From the Town website.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Regular Meeting – 7:00 p.m. Selectmen’s Hearing Room, Town Hall

As a result of changes in the Open Meeting Law, the chair must announce at the outset of every meeting that the meeting is being recorded and transmitted via cable television.

7:00 p.m.

7:10 p.m.

7:30 p.m.

7:45 p.m.

Pledge of Allegiance

Public hearing – fuel storage licenses, 100, 200 and 300 King Rail Drive – National Development

RMA Associates –Fire Chief Search

MMA Consulting – Fire Chief Search

Permits for BayRing Communications

Request for sale of Town-owned land, Munroe Street

Vote on bonds for school building project and senior center van

Vote on Borrowing in Anticipation of Notes

Memoranda of Understanding

2014 Celebration Committee

Annual appointments

Summer meeting schedule

Request for executive session under M.G.L. Chapter 30A, §21A(3) – collective bargaining

Use of Town facilities: June 23, South Hall lot, LHS cheerleaders
August 17, common, wedding

One-day liquor license: None

Minutes: May 20, 2013 regular meeting; June 3, 2013 regular meeting

Proclamations: None

Administrative matters: Signing of warrants

Selectmen meeting materials will be available online prior to the meeting at

Movie Theater at Market Street

June 12, 2013

This may be the movie theater that is going to be announced for Market Street.

The first one first opened yesterday (June 11) at TheStreet that is another WSDevelopment, similar to MarketStreet. It appears that it is 600 seats. The important thing to remember if this is rezoned is that once it is rezoned for a certain number of seats, that is what remains in force, not the company. So if Superlux didn’t workout they could still have a 600 seat Hollywood hits.

Also if you step through the site, and select to purchasing a seat, the cost is 28.00 per seat.

Also their are age restrictions on who can attend a movie. From the FAQ section

"Age Admittance Policy:

SuperLux Seating: Persons 13 years of age and younger must be accompanied in the auditorium by someone 18 years of age or older for all movies starting before 6:00 pm. No one under 21 will be admitted to SuperLux for films starting at 6:00 pm or later.

LuxLite Seating: Persons 13 years of age and younger will not be admitted to movies starting at 6:00 pm or later."

130 till the October Town Meeting.

Lynnfield Shadowing Day 2013

June 12, 2013

A summary of the Lynnfield Business Coalition Shadowing Day program for high school juniors can be found at:

40R vs 40B

June 12, 2013

There were a couple of questions sent to us about why the low income apts at MarketStreet were advertised as 40R. The Town Manager, Bill Gustus provided the following answer.

"They are listed as 40R units because they were permitted under G.L. Chapter 40R. Per the statute, 25% of the units must be "Affordable" using the standards of affordability set out under G.L. Chapter 40B. So, the short answer is, they are the same as 40B units.

Since all 180 units are rental units, they all count towards our affordable inventory even though only 45 units are in the affordable category. Now that National has pulled building permits for the housing development and when added to our other affordable inventory, we now have an affordable inventory of over 11% and are thus immune to additional 40B development until at least 2020."

Kings Help wanted

June 9, 2013

Several people sent me this help wanted ad for Kings that is coming to Market Street. The qualification for bartenders is intriguing.

Bartenders -1 Year high-volume experience

New Farm in Lynnfield

June 9, 2013

Interesting item about Whole Foods. Lots of press coverage

Agenda for Selectmen’s meeting this Monday

June 1, 2013


These are the items on Monday’s board of Selectmen’s meeting. Also the link provides access to the documents that will be discussed.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Regular Meeting – 7:00 p.m. Selectmen’s Hearing Room, Town Hall

As a result of changes in the Open Meeting Law, the chair must announce at the outset of every meeting that the meeting is being recorded and transmitted via cable television.

7:00 p.m. Pledge of Allegiance

Finance Committee appointment

Recreation Commission appointment

Highway resurfacing program

Fire Chief search

Permit for BayRing Communications

Lease agreement – South Hall basement

Memoranda of Understanding

Request for executive session under M.G.L. Chapter 39, §23B (3) – collective bargaining

Use of Town facilities: OD’s Run/Walk, Sept. 22, 10:00 a.m.
Boy Scout Troop 48, Court of Honor and cookout, June 10, 5-9 p.m.
Vigil on common, June 6, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Lynnfield Athletic Association July 4 road race
Banner request, Lynnfield Rotary Club

One-day liquor license: Knights of Columbus, July 27, law school graduation, 6-10 p.m.

Minutes: May 20, 2013

Proclamations: None

Administrative matters: Signing of warrants