Hingham: Residents disagree with new housing complex and veteran services will soon expand to Scituate

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The Hingham Farm Hills Association confronted the Board of Selectmen Tuesday night in hopes of getting their support to not allow a 180 apartment unit complex to be built on Recreation Park Drive. The opponents are concerned that a high volume of new residents will disrupt traffic, water supply, and police and fire services.

AvalonBay Communities proposed the complex in South Hingham as an affordable housing unit under Chapter 40B. Due to state law, all towns must have 10% affordable housing,. However a member of the Farm Hills Association, Judy Kelley, hopes that the project will not pass because she believes the town already has sufficient housing, “Hopefully we will find out that we have our 10%, therefore they won’t get 40B and without 40B they won’t get it in there. I’m sure that they could not put that development in there without 40B because there’s just too many wetlands, the traffic around that area is incredible.”

Hingham selectmen stated that it is premature to take a position on the issue and that he 40B permit will ultimately be approved by the Zoning Board of Appeals.

Scituate and Hingham have agreed to form a multi-town veteran service district between the two communities. Tuesday night, Hingham Veterans Service Officer Keith Jermyn received approval from the Hingham and Scituate Boards of Selectmen to move forward with the Inter-municipal agreement. Though this is only step three of a five-step process, Jermyn stated that there is no better time to help as many veterans as possible, “Since September 11th, 2001, more than 35,000 men and women have returned to the Commonwealth has veterans of our armed forces. They have sacrificed and they have served. We should not ensure that they receive the benefits and assistance to which they are entitled.”

According to Jermyn, the agreement is looked at as a trial to see if regionalization works. The contract will be up by the end of next March, at which time it may be renewed.

A part-time Scituate veteran’s agent and a full-time Hingham veteran’s agent will work with both towns. Hingham veterans’ biggest concern is that Jermyn may be spread too thin as a full-time agent for two communities. However, Jermyn stated that Scituate is in need of help to create a veteran’s council and he believes districting will be a win-win for Scituate and Hingham.

About Trisha McNeilly

With a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from the University of Massachusetts-Boston under her belt, Trisha McNeilly joins us full-time as a general assignment and breaking news reporter having previously interned for WBZ-1030 AM in Boston. A South Shore resident her whole life, McNeilly grew up in Pembroke and is 22-years old.