Better for Beverly

WHY A “YES” VOTE IS

BETTER FOR BEVERLY

Elected officials, community leaders, and your neighbors have good reasons to support a “YES” vote.

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to see what they have to say

Charles F. Grimes

Beverly Charter Commission, Chair
Former Planning Board Vice Chair and 8 year member

Don Preston

Beverly Citizen
Habitat for Humanity Advocate


TO VOTE BY ABSENTEE BALLOT

http://www.beverlyma.gov/departments/city-clerk/election-year-message
If you are out of town on Election Day or otherwise cannot get to the polls, you have the right to an absentee vote. To obtain an absentee ballot, you must submit a signed request in writing to your City or Town clerk that instructs them where to send it. Or go to Beverly City Clerks Office, fill out the form and vote there.
This must be done before noon the day preceding the Election, as the ballot must, by law, be mailed to you. You must have the ballot back to the City Clerk no later than 8:00 pm on Election Day.
Mail request to: Beverly City Clerk
Attention: Absentee Ballot Request
Beverly City Hall
191 Cabot St
Beverly, MA 01915

VOTER ALERT

There has been a great deal of misinformation distributed in fliers, at meetings and in letters by opponents of the Rte 128/Brimbal Ave traffic improvement project. This has caused confusion among voters who want and deserve to be presented with the real facts about this referendum and what it means for Beverly.

DON’T BE MISLED!  FACTS MATTER.

“NO” IS NOT GOOD FOR BEVERLY.

FACT: This Referendum will NOT stop development on Beverly’s privately owned, industrially zoned lands.  The Referendum will only decide whether there are going to be state-funded road improvements designed to manage increasing traffic. No matter the outcome of this Referendum, the industrial land along Route 128 is going to be developed, including the CEA and former Parker Brothers (Cummings) sites.  Beverly Hospital and several large existing businesses plan to expand.

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FACT: The costs of dealing with contaminated soil on the former landfill site will be paid by the private developer NOT the City of Beverly taxpayers.  The Referendum does not alter that fact. The developer made that commitment to clean up the former landfill when the state and city asked him to swap a parcel of his land to make the interchange improvements at Brimbal Ave. possible. 

(Read the facts about it)

FACT: Beverly city leaders, councilors, planning board members, state officials, traffic engineers and environmental experts have all worked hard for years to find a solution that is best for ALL of Beverly. Hundreds upon hundreds of hours of open meetings, study and research have informed their decision making to approve this state-funded Rte 128/Brimbal Ave Traffic Improvement project. They know the true facts, figures and consequences and their actions were made in the best interests of ALL city residents, not the special interests of some. All information, meeting reports, plans, maps and study results were and are available public information.  A “No” vote ignores their painstaking work and overrides their approval of the state-funded traffic project but increases rather than solves the traffic congestion and safety problems on Brimbal Avenue

 

FACT:  The project will definitely NOT turn Rte 128/Brimbal Ave into Endicott St, Danvers or Rte 114, Peabody or a “Regional Shopping Destination” as opponents have falsely claimed.  Nothing could be further from the truth!  The proposed development with a Whole Foods Market adjacent to Rte 128 is appropriately located and specifically scaled to be compatible to the area and is a fraction of the size that opponents misleadingly claim.  The land is on a major highway in a commercially zoned industrial  area of Beverly not in a residential neighborhood or downtown location.  Endicott Street has approximately 1,600,000 square feet of retail space and Route 114 in Peabody has over 2,000,000.  By comparison, the CEA Whole Foods project is only 70,000 square feet. less than 5% as large!  Since there is no other undeveloped commercial property on the street, this small, beautifully designed Whole Foods Market will bear absolutely no resemblance to the vastly larger regional shopping areas on  Endicott Street or Route 114.

(See area comparison slide)


WHAT A “YES” VOTE MEANS FOR BEVERLY

Expand the Property Tax Base:

  • A “YES” vote expands our tax base, reduces pressure to increase residential property taxes, reduces the need for a Proposition 2 1/2 override, and provides critically needed tax revenue for our schools, street improvements and city services.  (See more)

Safer Roads, Less Traffic Congestion:

  • A “YES” vote improves safety and reduces traffic congestion at the Brimbal Avenue / Route 128 interchange, with NO TRAFFIC LIGHTS and NO DELAYS.    (See more)

State Pays for Road Improvements: 

  • A “YES” vote gets our city a $5 Million grant to fully fund this traffic improvement project.  (See more)

New Good Neighbor, Whole Foods Market:

  • A “YES” vote brings Whole Foods Market, the leading purveyor of healthy food, to Beverly, together with Whole Foods’ unparalleled support for local suppliers, schools, food pantries and other community organizations.  (See more)

Residential Neighborhoods Protected:

  • A “YES” vote confirms the careful zoning decisions of the Planning Board and City Council, and the extensive policy analysis of the 2003 Beverly Master Plan.  (See more)

Green Development:

  • A“YES” vote returns the old municipal landfill to productive use, under the watchful eye and supervision of the Massachusetts Dept of Environmental Protection, AT NO COST TO BEVERLY TAXPAYERS.  (See more)

GETTING THE REAL FACTS ABOUT THE BRIMBAL INTERCHANGE PROJECT

Beverly, CEA and the Land Swap:

Get the facts on the Land Swap with the Commonwealth that will take place as part of the highway improvement project. (See more)

How Referendum Affects Commercial Development:

Get the facts on the Whole Foods Market project that will be built if the “YES” vote prevails, and the similarly sized office/retail project that will be built if the “NO” vote prevails. (See more)

VOTE YES FOR BEVERLY

IT’S BETTER FOR OUR CITY

VOTE SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8th FROM 7 AM – 8 PM

ALL PRECINCTS VOTE AT ONE LOCATION BEVERLY HIGH SCHOOL