More than 30 people attended a Jan. 13 informational meeting in support of the efforts of Town Meeting members Robert Camuso and Joe Vecchione to limit or eliminate access to any development at Caddy Farm through Cliftondale neighborhood streets.
“We’re concerned development would have a connection on Route 1 and access through Saugus,” Town Meeting member William Brown said.
Over two-thirds of the property under the control of Caddy Farm, LLC is in Revere, but the parcel juts into Saugus and is bordered by homes at the end of quiet dead-end streets in the Cliftondale area such as Eustis, Hood and Laurel streets.
“We have to protect those roads,” Vecchione said. “Our goal is not to fight a developer on every issue, but to protect the neighborhood.”
Caddy Farm, LLC has petitioned the Revere City Council to accept, lay out and dedicate Muzzey Street in Revere.
Jeff Williamson, a representative of Republic Real Estate Advisors who manages the 45-acre property owned by Caddy Farm, LLC and 20 Bennett LLC, said the plan is to build a mixed-use development that is consistent with the highway business zoning in Revere.
Williamson told the Advertiser Caddy Farm, LLC is petitioning the Revere City Council is to extend the existing city road Muzzey Street toward Route 1 for access, emphasizing the developer doesn’t want to use Cliftondale side streets in Saugus for access to the site.
A major concern for Camuso is vehicles potentially traveling on the Saugus side streets to get to the development.
“There are multiple access points off Route 1 through Saugus,” Camuso pointed out. “This property shouldn’t be accessed through Saugus.”
The dead-end streets border paper streets in Revere and the developer has bought land around the site, including a house at the end of Hood and the former Weylu’s lot, Town Meeting members noted.
“A paper street is technically a right of way,” Camuso said.
Revere resident Robert Palmisano, of the North Revere Neighborhood Group, believes that the developer thinks they need a back door entrance for emergency access.
Tony Chianca, another member of the North Revere Neighborhood Group who lives on a lot partly in Saugus, expressed concern that the developer would claim that all vehicles will come off Route 1 but go back to the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals for access through Saugus side streets.
Saugus has a two-year building moratorium on the construction of multi-family dwellings of three or more units. The Revere Planning Board will consider the request from Caddy Farm, LLC on Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 4:30 p.m. at City Hall.
What form any development might take is undefined. The land is unused, rough and hilly.
“They’re not giving us any idea what they want,” Camuso said. “We need something on paper to show what’s going on. I don’t have specifics as to what they’re looking for.”
“They’re trying to improve the land without a master plan,” Vecchione added. “I think they’re not going to build but sell. We have no clue as to what it’s going to be or how many cars it would involve.”
Camuso said he is worried that Revere will get all the tax revenue for development, but Saugus will bear most of the burden.
“It’s not fair to Saugus financially,” Camuso said.
Vecchione stressed the importance of Saugus and Revere working together to try to come to a consensus on the Caddy Farm project.