We must take a look att new residential construction
Now more than ever we need to take a serious look at the explosion ofâ€¨residential construction in the City of Revere.
Additionally, I feel aâ€¨ need to impose a residential construction Moratorium that does notâ€¨ effect the average homeowner and studies the effect of large-scaleâ€¨ residential projects on our city. â€¨ Currently 231 units at Rumney Flats, 900 units at Waterfront Square, 100â€¨ units at Wonderland Ballroom, 34 units at the Batmasian project on Revere Beachâ€¨ Boulevard, and construction on 20 units at Washington Avenue are allâ€¨ either permitted, for sale or in the building phase of theirâ€¨ developments. This is a total of 1,265 units. â€¨The proposed development of a 300-unit complex at the old Shawâ€™s siteâ€¨ and the possible development of 90 units at Luigiâ€™s, which abutsâ€¨ Beachmont Station, will only add to the problems of a stressedâ€¨ infrastructure on Revere Beach Parkway where water mains seem to beâ€¨ broken more often than not.
Moreover, the traffic within Revereâ€™s urbanâ€¨ ring is so congested as it is. Adding 700 new cars to the area is onâ€¨ top of the projected 2,000 cars coming from current development is only â€¨asking for more chaos. â€¨Likewise, these developments will increase the pressure on ourâ€¨ education infrastructure. Considering classrooms are tight as it is, andâ€¨ as we add more residential units to our community profile, we will â€¨surely increase the number of children absorbed into an already taxedâ€¨ school system. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education reports Revereâ€™s 2013 educationâ€¨ budget was close to $100,000,000 and our per pupil expenditure wasâ€¨ $14,021.
These units will have a clear economic consequence to them asâ€¨ well. Frankly, our seniors canâ€™t afford the increase in taxes and theâ€¨ Water and Sewer rate currently. By adding more residential units, our seniors and families willâ€¨ ultimately have to pay for all the direct and indirect consequence ofâ€¨these large-scale apartment complexes. Likewise by opening upâ€¨ commercial space for residential use, you decrease available land areaâ€¨ to forward commercial development in the city as well as open up legalâ€¨ precedent to build large-scale 1,000-unit-plus residential projects in Suffolkâ€¨ Downs and Wonderland Dog Track.
Some of my detractors may disagree with me, and others will justâ€¨ outright lie so that the status quo and politically connected can â€¨financially benefit on the backs of our seniors and families. However, in a recent poll, over 94 percent of respondent agreed with a Moratorium on apartment complex construction. Thatâ€™s why â€¨I firmly believe we need a three-year Residential Construction Moratoriumâ€¨ while providing relief to the average homeowner in Revere.
After all folks, I work for you, not them.
Candidate, City Council at-Large
New balls fields in Ward Six are a reality
Mayor Dan Rizzo thanks to you and your administration Ward Six is getting new ball fields. Thanks from St. Maryâ€™s Parish. We feel that more boys and girls on the new fields may bring more people to our wonderful St. Maryâ€™s Parish. On a personal vote I have such strong feelings about St. Maryâ€™s ball fields because my three grandsons literally grew up playing baseball on that field and went on to be outstanding athletes in high school and college.
Again, Mr. Mayor thanks to you, your administration and the city council. A special Thank You to our Ward Six Councilor Charlie Patch. I would like to personally extend my gratitude to Charlie who has a red phone line to answer calls from his constituents; I personally have him on my speed dial. Thanks Charlie for always answering.
I must say West Revere will beÂ Best Revere!
Vincent F. Cammarata
Lifelong Revere Resident