Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts: Westwood Station can move forward
The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts granted the Canton’s Board of Selectmen a review of its legal appeal on the lower court’s decision regarding the adequacy of the Westwood Station’s MEPA approval.
At a Board of Selectmen meeting Tuesday night, Selectman Victor Del Vecchio read a statement in which the decision was called “an encouraging sign from the court.”
The statement also said that the board, through legal counsel, is still in negotiations with the site’s developer, Cabot, Cabot & Forbes.
“Canton does not oppose the redevelopment of Westwood Station; the Town simply wants to be sure that there is an adequate infrastructure in place to serve the increased traffic that will be generated by the Project on the already overburdened regional roadway system,” Del Vecchio read from the document dated March 24.
According to the statement, the town and the developer reached a tentative understanding on terms and conditions by which Westwood Station can move forward. The understanding requires the support of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to fill the funding gap for the infrastructure improvements. Discussions are ongoing.
In conclusion, Del Vecchio read, “Because of the sensitive nature of these discussions, we are not at liberty to disclose the details of this proposed agreement at this time. However, we will report on our progress as soon as it is reached. The Canton Board of Selectmen firmly and unanimously believes that the interests of the citizens of the Town of Canton are being protected and are well served in this effort.”