The parcel of land is zoned for TWO FAMILY RESIDENTIAL HOMES (R2). In order for Webb to build, the City Council has to illegally rezone the parcel to Wholesale and Automotive (B4). Doing so allows big box stores, fast food chains, and automotive franchises to open up shop.
1. IT IS ILLEGAL
2. THE LAND IS TOXIC
The land is just feet away from the former Universal Steel site, which remains highly conteminated. Out of 157 soil samples, the EPA found PCB's (polychlorinated biphenyls) in 87%
Over the course of 30 years, the abutting River Street neighborhood has seen a remarkable transformation. Asphalt sidewalks were replaced with brick, trees were planted along the streets, aluminum sided homes were renovated to there historic charm, and run down rentals with absentee landlords slowly became single family homes. Ever summer, flowers are hung on telephone poles; every winter, wreathes are hung across the street. The neighbors changed a river front dump into Leslie's Retreat Park.
After years of hard work, the River Street community has earned the right to have a say in what goes in their backyard.
4. EARNING a Say
A billion dollar plumbing company wants to ignore zoning laws to build a 6,000-square-foot showroom in Salem's historic McIntire District.
We're not letting them.
3. Residents OPPOSE it
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Councilor Christine Madore
Will our Ward 2 Councilor fight on behalf of her constituents? Or does she care more about the interests of big business? Time will tell...
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