Folly Hill plans still an unknown

Few details on Beverly’s ‘biggest plan’ for development

The Salem News | By Paul Leighton
May 16, 2017

BEVERLY — What could be one of the largest developments in the city’s history will remain a mystery for at least another month.

The Planning Board opened a public hearing Tuesday night on a plan to develop Folly Hill, an 76-acre site off Route 128 in North Beverly. But board members soon decided to continue the hearing until June, saying they needed time to read through information submitted late Tuesday by both the developer and the city.

The owners of the property, the Reeve family, could build upward of 700 apartments on the wooded site. But the plan they have submitted so far has no details regarding the actual number of units or potential new access roads into the area.

“We really don’t know what the plan is,” City Councilor David Lang told the board. “This is the biggest plan that will ever be in Beverly. I can’t wait.”

Mark Glovsky, the lawyer representing the Reeves, acknowledged that they have filed a plan in part to freeze the former zoning at the site for the next eight years.

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