Norwell: Residents worried about impact from Simon Hill 40B

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The Norwell Zoning Board of Appeals continuing their hearing Wednesday night on the Simon Hill 40B affordable housing proposal off Prospect Street.

The developer has changed the project from 80 for sale townhouses to 126 rental units ensconced in four, three and half story buildings.

One Simon Hill Road resident said she’s skeptical about the developers claim that only 32 children would be entering the Norwell school system from the development.

“I don’t know how you can take 126 units, 227 bedrooms and say that it will only be 32 students. The special ed department at the schools is – you know, people come here for those services. Even in a two bedroom – they can fit two kids in there. So when you say 32 students, as a teacher and as a mom with two small kids that are going to be going to the Cole School soon, I have a real problem with that!”

Other residents are concerned about a huge increase in traffic as well as flooding.

The ZBA and the developer have a work session planned for June 14 to go over a set of conditions for the project.

The hearing is continued until June 19 and a discussion on a final decision scheduled for June 26.


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.