The city has plans to build affordable housing, Melrose residents are protesting
The city has plans to build affordable housing in Melrose and many local residents are protesting. Building the housing would displace several community gardens.
A judge has recently issued a temporary work stop order, giving garden advocates a chance to make their case. Many local residents want the community gardens and new housing to go hand-in-hand. The gardeners and residents have worked diligently to come up with a plan over the last year. Community advocates say their plan is better than the citys because it allows for the new housing developments, but will preserve some green space in the neighborhood.
The Citys Department of Housing Preservation and Development says there are developments planned with open space. Advocates for the gardens say they are looking forward to sitting down with the city and the judge that ordered the temporary work stop order. The advocates also say that if the December 1 meeting doesnt produce a ratio of green space and new housing that is acceptable to them, they wont give up the fight.