Norwell: Sparks fly at Simon Hill 40 B zoning board hearing

There were some heated moments Wednesday night, between the Norwell zoning board and developers submitting a new proposal for the Simon Hill, 40B affordable housing project off Prospect Street.

The Simon Hill applicant was ready to present a new proposal that changes the project from 80 town homes to 4 buildings with 126 rental units.

The hearing sounded more like a bar brawl, as ZBA members Louis Barbour and Ralph Rivkind fought with the project attorney about the board receiving information for review, only one night before the hearing.

Ralph Rivkind said, “Was nothing in for three weeks?”

“We got it in before the hearing,” the developer’s attorney stated.

“Last night,” replied board chair Louis Barbour.

“Some was delivered before hand. There has to be some cooperation, please,” said the attorney.

“You’re complaining we gave you an extra week from the time you told us you needed it. If you wanted six weeks, we would have given you six weeks! You picked the three weeks, why are you scolding us?”

“Why are you scolding us? We are here tonight with a presentation…”

“Because I got it after working hours and not one person in this room had an opportunity to look at is before tonight!” said Rivkind.

Norwell resident Marie Molar voiced her thoughts on the new proposal and said, “All of this is a little bit premature. We’ve got a court case going on, that’s going to be heard on March 5. So, the applicant is a little antsy that they might lose that case, so they’re coming in with this piece of garbage!”

Still at issue is for the state to determine if the developer needs a new project eligibility letter.

The hearing is continued until March 13.


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About John Penny

John Penny is a town news reporter at WATD. He primarily covers stories in the towns of Marshfield, Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, Hingham, Abington and Quincy.