About Our Cause
A group of concerned citizens from towns surrounding the Ipswich River watershed have formed an organization to investigate environmental risks and community impact associated with a proposed apartment complex development at 20 Elm Street in North Reading. This development, if built as proposed, would include 5 five story buildings, with 200 multi-bedroom apartment units and parking for each unit, on the banks of the vital and protected Ipswich River. The area is not close to public transportation. The area is not walkable. The area has no public sewer system and requires a wastewater treatment plant to be privately run. The contamination risk to the Ipswich River and drinking water source for 330,000 downstream residents of 15 communities is at extremely high as past experience has taught us. The influx of cars on Rt. 62, a road that cannot support hundreds of additional cars, is a hazard.This is just the tip of the public safety and environmental concern iceberg. Join us in opposing this egregious 40B proposal and help us defend our community and our environment .