Wicked Local Medford | By Alex Ruppenthal
August 31, 2016
After nearly two years of negotiations and a lawsuit against Medford’s Zoning Board of Appeals, the parties involved have reached an agreement on plans for a new six-building condominium development at 320-330 Middlesex Ave., near the Medford-Malden line.
The complex, called Wellington Woods, would feature 192 one- and two-bedroom condo units in a series of four-story buildings, along with underground parking garages, a recreational center, swimming pool and outdoor patio area, spanning a total of 6.5 acres.
As of January, however, the site was still restricted from residential use by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, which has overseen cleanup efforts at the location since the early 1990s after General Electric closed an aircraft manufacturing facility that left behind hazardous chemicals.
Minus the DEP’s restrictions, the condo project, the latest in a series of significant residential developments in Medford, is ready to move forward.
“The board finds that the proposed development will be a substantial benefit to the public good,” Medford’s ZBA stated in granting variances for the project in 2014.
Despite the board’s ruling, it would take more than 18 months to finalize plans for the development.