Norwell: Selectmen discuss proposals for former police station site

Norwell selectmen had a discussion regarding the issue of what to do with the old police station on River Street, after the department vacates the premises this winter.

The discussion comes after town meeting shot down a proposal from the Community Housing Trust, to build a 14 rental unit 40B affordable housing project at the site.

The town’s veterans have also proposed building a combination American Legion Hall and Community Center there.

Selectman Jason Brown said the board should hear from the neighbors regarding the issue.

“One or two residents coming forward and opposing the project, like what the affordable housing trust is proposing, I don’t think is reflective of how everyone feels. So I’d like somehow to get a better sense of what the community feels in general, and also within the River Street area and see what the neighbors feel about what going to go on that property.”

Selectman Chair Ellen Allen said the stakeholders should present their plans before the Board of Selectmen in a public forum, before going back to town meeting with any further proposals.

“What I was thinking is that at some point down the road, maybe in September that we would ask the American Legion to come back in with more specifics plans at that point, and then ask the Community Housing Trust to also come in,” Allen said.

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