What’s Going On

JANUARY 2015: WHERE THE PROJECT STANDS NOW

The developer has presented his proposal to the Planning Board in several hearings. The storm water/runoff concerns and environmental issues related to building on a former landfill have been discussed at length. The City’s Parking and Traffic Commission has looked at the proposal in terms of the impact the increased volume of traffic would have on the surrounding neighborhoods. At the December Parking and Traffic meeting, the developer floated a new proposal that would add another entrance and exit to the plaza from Sohier Rd, right behind the ‘K Building’ at Northridge Homes. If allowed, it would create backups beyond Northridge Rd and create a nightmare for Northridge residents faced with cars U turning on Sohier Rd to avoid the rotaries. The developer has already requested entrance and exit to the shopping center from the Connector Rd. To date, Mass DOT has not indicated that they are willing to allow the developer such access. Should the Connector Rd access be allowed, the result will be long backups onto Route 128, especially during morning and evening commutes and North Shore Music Theater performances.

As has been reported in the Salem News, the proposed shopping center will bring a dramatic increase in traffic to the North Beverly and Montserrat neighborhoods.  According to a recent traffic study, an additional 370 vehicle trips per hour every weekday afternoon, or a total of 6,150 trips daily, are anticipated. On weekends, the retail plaza will bring an additional 548 trips per hour for a total of 9,540 trips every Saturday. These new numbers, provided by the developer’s own traffic consultant, provide a glimpse into the impact on residential neighborhoods if the developer, CEA Group, is granted a special permit by the Planning Board, to build a destination grocery store on the former landfill on Brimbal Ave.

A LITTLE HISTORY

As you recall, the city originally planned to swap the land closer to Route 128 with the developer’s landfill. This would have required the state to build the road on the landfill. Although a referendum to defeat the land swap was narrowly defeated in a special election last winter, Mass DOT decided NOT to build the Connector Rd on the landfill because they determined the landfill was un-suitable to support the roadway. The developer is currently seeking approval to build the shopping center and Whole Foods Market on the landfill.

When the CEA Group first presented this proposal to the Planning Board in 2013, then Mayor Scanlon insisted that only 10 % of the traffic going to this new shopping center would travel on Brimbal Ave. and that 90% of the traffic would enter and exit via the highway.  However, as reported in the Salem News, 55% of this traffic will travel along Brimbal Ave. from Dodge St., Essex St., Colon St. and Herrick St. to reach the plaza. This will dramatically alter the character of North Beverly and Montserrat and further diminish the quality of life for those of us who live near the proposed shopping center.

A closer look at that traffic study reveals the following:  There will be  6,436 new vehicle trips on  Brimbal Ave. every Saturday.   The majority of these vehicles will travel on Brimbal Ave, Dodge St,  Essex St,  Colon St. and Herrick St. (NOT Route 128 as we had been told earlier) in order to arrive at the shopping plaza.  If the Planning Board grants the developer the special permit for the shopping center,  a dramatic increase in traffic onto neighborhood streets and side streets will result as drivers look for alternate routes.

On school days, 4,178 new vehicle trips will occur on Brimbal Ave every day in order to arrive at this destination grocery store. This will be in addition to the traffic already on Brimbal Ave that  routinely stalls due to backups on Route 128 or to delays at the MBTA crossings at North Beverly and Montserrat.  When the additional traffic to be generated by the anticipated expansion of the Cummings Property on Dunham Rd is factored in, as well as the 700-800 of vehicles traveling to North Shore Music Theater events,  gridlock will become a regular occurrence.

In addition to the traffic that this new shopping center would bring to our neighborhood, Cummings Properties is planning a significant buildout of the former Parker Brothers property on Dunham Rd. Along with the creation of office space, parking for an additional 1,000 cars has been proposed. The City is considering whether to install a stop light at the intersection of Brimbal Ave. and Dunham Rd. to help ease the crunch of vehicles during morning and evening commute at that intersection.

To deal with the increase in traffic from the proposed shopping center, the City is also proposing a reconfiguration of the intersection of Essex St.and Brimbal Ave and the installation of a stop light at the intersection of Colon St. and Brimbal Ave. to help ease congestion. All of this development is coming at a time when no real solution for Brimbal Ave. traffic is in place. In fact, Beverly’s recent request for MassWorks funding to kick start Phase II has been denied and Mass DOT has a start date of 2024 for construction of Phase II. This means we could be faced with a decade of increased congestion with no relief in sight.

WHAT’S NEXT?

The Parking and Traffic Commission met Tuesday, January 6th at 8:30 am at City Hall to consider whether to make a recommendation to the Planning Board regarding the developers request.

On January 13th at 7:00pm at the Senior Center, the Planning Board will continue the Public Hearing to discuss the traffic implications of the proposed shopping center. This will be our final opportunity to voice our concerns about the proposal and express how the project will impact our neighborhoods. Since the developer must be granted a special permit in order to proceed, it is essential that the Planning Board understand that this project is not an appropriate location for a retail shopping center. Should the Planning Board grant the special permit, it will forever change the character of our neighborhood and create the same traffic problems that now plague Route 1A and Route 62.

 WHAT CAN YOU DO?

Plan on attending the Public Hearing on January 13th. and encourage your neighbors to attend and let your voice be heard. We hope to see you there!

If you are unable to attend, please consider writing a letter to the Planning Board ℅ Beverly City Hall, 191 Cabot St. Beverly MA 01915.

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Here is a list of past newspaper articles and letters to the editor discussing the Brimbal Avenue Interchange project.

Developer unveils Whole Foods plaza plan for Beverly’s Brimbal Avenue
Salem News Paul Leighton  October 22, 2014 

BEVERLY — The developer of the proposed Whole Foods shopping plaza on Brimbal Avenue laid out his plan in front of more than 100 residents Tuesday night, calling the controversial proposal an “extraordinary project” that will benefit the city in many ways.
This is really going to be unlike any shopping center that you’ve seen,” Steven Cohen said.

Cohen and his development team made a one-hour presentation at the Senior Center during a public hearing held by the Planning Board, which must approve a special permit for the shopping plaza to be built.

Cohen unveiled designs showing a plaza consisting of four buildings highlighted by Whole Foods Market, the high-end grocery store chain that will serve as the anchor tenant.

The plaza will also include a restaurant, a cafe with outdoor seating, a bank with a drive-through window, and six to eight smaller specialty stores, said Ron Golub of the CEA Group development team.

Cohen, the president of CEA Group, downplayed the shopping center’s impact on traffic, which has been the chief concern of neighbors. A traffic study commissioned by Cohen said the plaza would generate 4,500 new vehicle trips on weekdays and 6,400 new trips on Sundays.

Cohen said those numbers are deceptive because they are spread out throughout the day. He showed slides breaking them down into much smaller numbers during morning and afternoon peak hours, ranging as low as five cars per hour in some directions.

The numbers drew laughs from some members and the audience. One resident shouted out, “Do we look ignorant?,” prompting Planning Board Chairman John Thomson to pound his gavel and ask for quiet.

Cohen persisted, saying, “An additional car every one to two minutes is simply not a very large number. The impact is relatively modest. Everybody is concerned about traffic nowadays and it’s understandable that the folks in Beverly are too. But if you break the numbers down, the impact is not as great as folks fear.”

Thomson said the Planning Board has commissioned its own traffic study, which is being paid for by CEA Group. That study is expected to be ready for the board’s next meeting in November.

Cohen said the shopping center will benefit the city because it will replace a former city landfill that has been empty for decades. And he said the plaza will generate “hundreds of thousands of dollars in real estate taxes and hundreds of jobs.”

Cohen also played up Whole Foods Market, which he said is known for its organic food, commitment to the environment, and support for local schools, farms and nonprofits.

“They will provide opportunities that simply don’t exist in Beverly now,” Cohen said. “Whole Foods is unlike any other market. As soon as they come into the city, they become an active member of the community.”

The plaza, if it is approved, would not be built until after the city completes a $5 million traffic improvement project that is expect to start next spring. The project would rebuild the connector road between Sohier Road and Brimbal Avenue that runs adjacent to the plaza site.

The connector road would have roundabouts at both ends, and a section of Brimbal Avenue would be widened. Cohen said all of the improvements will make it easier for cars to get in and out of the plaza.

Planning Board members asked questions about traffic, the landfill, lighting and drainage. The board was not planning to vote on the special permit until at least next month’s meeting.

Members of the public were allowed to ask questions but not to offer opinions. Most residents did not get to speak until after The Salem News’ deadline.

Staff writer Paul Leighton can be reached at 978-338-2675 or pleighton@salemnews.com.

Study Sees More Traffic Near Plaza
David Rattigan, The Boston Globe, Globe North Section, October 9, 2014
A new study estimates that traffic at a proposed shopping plaza near the Route 128Brimbal Avenue interchange in Beverly could be significantly greater than what was forecast in a previous one. The building of the plaza, anchored by a Whole Foods Market, is linked to a two-phase plan to reconfigure traffic patterns and improve roads in the area, but opponents have argued that the plaza and other businesses will bring too much new traffic to an already congested area. According to the study conducted for CEA Group, the plaza would generate 161 new vehicles at peak weekday morning hours and 408 at peak afternoon hours. A previous report had estimated that there would be 64 new vehicles at peak morning hours and 238 at peak afternoon hours. The developer is seeking a special permit to build the development, and the planning board will hold a hearing on the proposal as part of its Tuesday meeting at 7 p.m. at the Beverly Senior Center, 90 Colon St.

New study doubles traffic impact of Brimbal Plaza
The Salem News, October 9, 2014
A new study on the impact of the proposed shopping plaza on Brimbal Avenue shows that traffic could be nearly twice as much during peak hours as a previous study indicated.  The May 2014 showed 64 cars per hour in the AM and 238 cars per hour in the PM.  The August study shows 161 cars per hour in the AM and 408 in the PM.

New team hired to redesign road
Boston Globe, February 16, 2014
An update on the negotiations between MassDOT and CEA Group on where to build an improved connector road. MassDOT: “The complete removal and replacement of the underlying landfill materials appears to be the only option.” CEA Group: “Excavating all of the landfill is not one of those options.” MassDOT “…estimated that constructing a road essential to the project might run as high as $5 million over budget.” CEA Group is “…willing to spend… as much money as it takes… as much as $700,000…” The best outcome here would be to improve the existing connector road, which we know for a fact is not sinking, and to leave this land with its questionable suitability for development to CEA Group, who after all are the current owners and purchased the dump knowing what they were purchasing.

Cahill to remove Beverly Planning Board chairman
Salem News, February 15, 2014
Mayor Cahill: Dinkin’s removal is “a necessary step in efforts to establish a tone throughout my administration and throughout our city of respect in all public discourse—respect for all individuals involved and respect for the process.” Chairman Dinkin: “My view is that the mayor is being influenced by a small group of people who feel alienated from the Planning Board.” Yes, a small group of 3,743, to be precise.

Single polling place won’t save money in Beverly special election
Salem News, February 6, 2014
Well, this is embarrassing. The special election will be held on a Saturday in February at 1 polling location, instead of the first Tuesday in November at the usual 6 polling locations in order to save money, enabled by an emergency law passed by the state legislature, because otherwise restricting polling locations is illegal. Here it is revealed that the special election cost is expected to be about $22,910: a savings of $700! That’s a 3% savings. Now, about that “smart” growth plan to build a connector road on crumbly landfill… “Smart” and “urgent” do not go well together, do they? Beverly, you deserve better than this! Press the pause button! Vote NO!

Letter: Vote ‘No’ to put citizens first
Jennifer Morris on behalf of NBNA, Salem News, February 5, 2014
We learned last week that MassDOT and the developer may not be able to agree on what has to be done in order to move the connector road, that for now MassDOT insists on work that the developer feels is too expensive. So MassDOT has asked for an alternative plan, which uses the existing connector road and which would still be funded by the MassWorks grant. In light of this new information, here Morris describes persuasively several reasons why a NO vote is better for Beverly. This is important: please read this timely summary of where we are now and why you should vote NO.

Letter: Brimbal Avenue and transparency
Dan Fishman, Salem News, February 1, 2014
When did you first learn that the Brimbal Avenue interchange project was a “go”? That after many years on the wish list, the City had figured out a strategy for making this project happen? If you learned in 2013, then you should Vote NO. Why? Because any other vote endorses the methods that brought us here: lack of transparency, keeping residents in the dark on purpose because they will object, declaring it is “now or never” when it isn’t, stating that we must have been apathetic then and misinformed now because our elected officials did not bother to inform us. Send a message: Vote NO!

Brimbal ‘no vote’ leads in fund-raising
Salem News, February 1, 2014
A lesson in transparency: view the list of donors to each group and ask yourself, does this look right? Old dogs do indeed have difficulty with new tricks. In addition to all the monetary and in-kind contributions, big and small, NBNA thanks you for the outpouring of cards, letters, and notes from people throughout the city expressing gratitude for our work and our efforts to inform.

Column: Answering environmental misinformation
Steven Cohen, Salem News, February 1, 2014
Oh my goodness, how some people love to use the M word! Here the developer provides his opinion on this week’s news, that for now MassDOT has indicated they will go along with the move of the connector road only if the developer agrees to remove and replace all the landfill where the connector road will go, at an estimated cost of $5 million, resulting in MassDOT calling for an alternative design to be used if MassDOT and the developer do not agree on how to proceed. Much bandying about of the words “superior” and “inferior.” We point out only that these words are not used by the project engineers in their memo about the alternative design, or by Mayor Cahill is his statement and video interview. Don’t take our word for it, view these documents yourself, searching for the S word and the I word. What is “inferior” about a plan to add traffic features to a road that we know is not sinking?

Developer: No rezoning, no Whole Foods—Landowner says he would build plaza without grocery store
Salem News, January 15, 2014
An encouraging article providing, for the first time, much needed clarification about the developer’s plans should the NO votes prevail at the upcoming Special Election. According to Steve Cohen of CEA Group, if NO votes prevail, we will be right where we are now. But without the anchor tenant CEA Group wanted if rezoning passes, because the numbers do not add up. This is an important article, folks, please read the full post here.

350 turn out for Brimbal Ave. meeting
Salem News, January 10, 2014
Coverage of our Meet, Greet and Educate event. “Wearing white T-shirts saying ‘Preserve Beverly’s Neighborhoods,’ presenters from the neighborhood group ran down a litany of reasons why residents should defeat the rezoning.” Our 8 Reasons to Vote NO on the 8th are here. They are persuasive! Share them with your friends!

Here are other articles and letters, 121 published since August 30, 2013, counting the 9 above.

Former chairman blasts Cahill—Mayor removed Dinkin from Planning Board on Feb. 14
Salem News, March 4, 2014
See also this video, beginning at 5:20.

Letter: Varying opinions for Planning Board members
James B. Matz, Salem News, March 1, 2014

Benton: A big change
Salem News, February 14, 2014

Brimbal vote might not matter—Cost of making CEA land suitable for road might be prohibitive
Salem News, February 10, 2014

Our view: Brimbal project moves forward, with lessons learned
Salem News, February 10, 2014

Brimbal rezoning earns voter approval
Salem News, February 8, 2014

Update: Beverly votes ‘Yes’ on Brimbal Avenue
Salem News, February 8, 2014

Brimbal project likely, despite vote—Beverly: Special election will decide plaza’s size, connecting road
Salem News, February 7, 2014

In Defense of Our Current Mayor
Amy Martyn on behalf of NBNA, February 7, 2014

Letter: Overpass should be first priority
Alan J. Shactman, Salem News, February 7, 2014

Letter: Numbers in Brimbal letter don’t add up
Patrick Lucci, Salem News, February 6, 2014

Our view: Vote ‘Yes’ on Brimbal Avenue
Salem News, February 6, 2014

Letter: Making Brimbal Avenue safer
Ernest Santin, Salem News, February 6, 2014

Letter: No need for land swap
Tom Holak, Salem News, February 5, 2014

Letter: Finding a better way
George Binns, Salem News, February 5, 2014

Column: Project would change the character of a neighborhood
Paul M. Guanci and Donald M. Martin, Salem News, February 4, 2014

Letter: Managing change in Beverly
William Cormier, Salem News, February 4, 2014

Letter: Time to rethink Brimbal project
David R. Backstrom, Salem News, February 4, 2014

Letter: No is best for Beverly
Neal Levy, Salem News, February 4, 2014

Scanlon: Help make Beverly better: Vote ‘Yes’
Bill Scanlon, Salem News, February 4, 2014

Letter: Project would help small businesses
Susan Woods Powell, Salem News, February 4, 2014

Letter: Brimbal project would help entire city
Kevin Hobin, Salem News, February 3, 2014

Letter: Voters need more information
Kenneth A. Smith, Salem News, February 1, 2014

Letter: Voting ‘Yes’ on Brimbal Avenue
Yule Heibel, Salem News, February 1, 2014

Groups stake out turf on Brimbal—Groups on both sides campaign for votes
Salem News, January 30, 2014

Brimbal plans face new concern—Costly landfill obstacle could sink land swap, new connector road
Salem News, January 29, 2014

Letter: Less traffic needed, not more
John T. Coan Jr., Salem News, January 29, 2014

Column: I will vote ‘yes’ on Feb. 8
Michael P. Cahill, Mayor of the City of Beverly, Salem News, January 29, 2014

Former councilor urges a ‘yes’ vote
Maureen Troubetaris, Salem News, January 29, 2014

Brimbal Ave. connector road hits a snag
Salem News, January 28, 2014

Letter: Vote ‘No’ Feb. 8
J. David Broudo, Salem News, January 28, 2014

Letter: Beverly has a choice to make
Patrick Gorman, Salem News, January 28, 2014

Letter: Hopeful about Beverly’s future
Patricia B. Grimes, Salem News, January 28, 2014

Letter: A ‘no’ vote won’t solve anything
Peter Johnson, Salem News, January 28, 2014

Letter: Charter member offers alternate interpretation of law
Jim Modugno, Salem News, January 27, 2014

Column: Urging a ‘yes’ vote on Feb. 8
Bruce Nardella , Salem News, January 27, 2014

Letter: Neighborhood is done with development
Richard Symmes, Salem News, January 25, 2014

Letter: Your vote sends a message, Beverly
Jeff Tanzer, Salem News, January 24, 2014

Letter: Beverly voters, please be careful
Chris Snow, Salem News, January 24, 2014

Letter: Vote ‘Yes’ on Feb. 8
Charles F. Grimes, Salem News, January 24, 2014

Column: Reflecting on the Brimbal Avenue development plans
Neiland J. Douglas, Salem News, January 24, 2014

Benton: Charter sets high hurdle in Beverly
Salem News, January 24, 2014

Letter: A ‘no’ vote can lead to a better project
Maria Judy Norris Martin, Salem News, January 23, 2014

Letter: Beverly should learn from Danvers traffic woes
Christine Beote, Salem News, January 23, 2014

Letter: Put Whole Foods in Beverly Farms
Pat Danielson, Salem News, January 23, 2014

Our view: 20 percent rule a fair standard for Beverly
Salem News, January 23, 2014

Letter: City needs revenue from development
Elliott Margolis, Salem News, January 23, 2014

Letter: Brimbal Avenue development is appropriate, needed
Richard D. Dinkin, Salem News, January 21, 2014

20% rule hovers over election
Salem News, January 20, 2014

Letter: Is this democracy?
Mary Rodrick on behalf of NBNA, Salem News, January 18, 2014

Letter: Brimbal Avenue project is not a smart development
Roger Morency, Salem News, January 18, 2014

Letter: Whole Foods would be a boon to Beverly
Lisa Van Allsburg, Salem News, January 18, 2014

Letter: Vote ‘no’ on Feb 8
Sharon Champaigne, Salem News, January 17, 2014

Letter: Brimbal Avenue project is ‘better for Beverly’
Steven A. Cohen, Salem News, January 17, 2014

‘No’ vote on Brimbal faces high bar—20 percent of city’s registered voters must vote against rezoning
Salem News, January 16, 2014

Project’s traffic impact disputed: Estimates vary from 30 to 300 more cars a day on Brimbal Avenue
Salem News, January 13, 2014

Letter: Vote for smart development
Kira Fabrizio and Alison McCarthy, Salem News, January 13, 2014

Brimbal vote hits snag—Beverly: Change to one polling place needs special state legislation
Salem News, January 10, 2014

$25.5m project stirs up a fight
Boston Globe, January 5, 2014

Letter: Brimbal Ave. group responds to questions about upcoming vote
Molly Benson on behalf of NBNA, January 1, 2014

Tragedy and hope in 2013: Top stories of the year a mix of highs and lows: Brimbal Avenue plan sparks controversy
Salem News, December 31, 2013

Letter: Be informed when voting on Brimbal Avenue
Bailey Bishop, Salem News, December 28, 2013

Brimbal ballot question all set
Salem News, December 18, 2013

State awards $5M for Brimbal project
Salem News, December 13, 2013

Letter: Peace needed in Garden City
Paula Piraino, Salem News, December 10, 2013

Balancing taxes, growth
Salem News, December 6, 2013

Brimbal decision to go to voters: Beverly: Council sets special election for Feb. 8
Salem News, December 3, 2013

Article: Brimbal Ave. petition heads to Beverly council
Salem News, November 27, 2013

Letter: Thank you, Beverly
Carol Chalker on behalf of NBNA, Salem News, November 26, 2013

Letter: Neighborhood not equipped for Brimbal Ave. work
John Keohane and Mike Halle, Henry’s of North Beverly, Salem News, November 18, 2013

More than 4,000 sign petition against plaza
Salem News, November 13, 2013

Letter: Response to Mayor Scanlon’s Newspaper Column
Cathy Burack on behalf of NBNA, November 13, 2013

Scanlon: Welcomes citywide vote
William Scanlon, Salem News, November 13, 2013

Whole Foods signs lease: Company aims to open Brimbal Ave. store in 2016
Salem News, November 11, 2013

Brimbal project argued on Hill: No action taken at hearing at Statehouse on land swap
Salem News, November 7, 2013

Letter: Residents deserve voice in Brimbal project
Dan and Pam DeAngelis, Cathy Burack on behalf of NBNA, Salem News, November 6, 2013

Opponents mount petition drive: Group cites conflict of interest in plaza proposal
Salem News, November 4, 2013

Letter: I used to love Beverly
David Kampersal, Salem News, October 31, 2013

Mayoral foes let up on controversy
Salem News, October 23, 2013

Letter: Sympathy for Brimbal Ave. residents, small businesses
Sharon Champaigne, Salem News, October 22, 2013

Letter: Don’t delay second phase of Brimbal project
Tom Hayes, Salem News, October 22, 2013

Second vote makes Brimbal rezoning official
Salem News, October 22, 2013

Letter: Brimbal project happening regardless of residents’ hopes
Jeff Tanzer, Salem News, October 19, 2013

Letter: Key to my kingdom
Carol Chalker, Salem News, October 19, 2013

Letter: Brimbal changes put children in danger
Louis Bourgeois, Salem News, October 11, 2013

Neighbors not relenting on Brimbal project
Salem News, October 9, 2013

Council approves Brimbal Avenue rezoning
Salem News, October 8, 2013

Brimbal Ave. vote set for tonight
Salem News, October 7, 2013

Column: Countering the arguments for Brimbal Avenue project
Jennifer Morris on behalf of NBNA, Salem News, October 4, 2013

Benton: Brimbal plan a test for mayoral candidates
Salem News, October 4, 2013

Group accuses city of untruth: Coalition wants Brimbal waiver withdrawn due to ‘misrepresentation’
Salem News, October 1, 2013

Letter: Why the Beverly City Council should vote no on Brimbal rezoning
Cathy Burack, Marilyn Humphries, Daniel and Pam DeAngelis, Kim and Daniel Foley, Mattheu Kelsch, Josh Morris, Carol Chalker, Molly Benson, Pam Kampersal, John Hall, Katherine Mills Myers, Mary Rodrick, Chris Snow, Salem News, October 1, 2013

Council to take up Brimbal plan on Oct. 7
Salem News, September 30, 2013

Letter: A vote of support for Brimbal Ave. project
Ron Janard, Salem News, September 28, 2013

Letter: Planning Board ignored residents’ views
Bill Soares, Salem News, September 27, 2013

Letter: Too much traffic already in Beverly
Mark Jones, Salem News, September 24, 2013

Beverly Planning Board recommends Brimbal rezoning
Salem News, September 21, 2013

Residents blast project again
Salem News, September 20, 2013

Residents again blast project: Brimbal Avenue shopping plaza draws strong opposition
Salem News, September 19, 2013

‘Quality of life’ concerns: Brimbal Avenue neighbors worry about impact of project
Salem News, September 19, 2013

Letter: Beverly officials should have anticipated a packed meeting
Ron Janard, Salem News, September 19, 2013

Crowd brims over: Large turnout forces Brimbal hearing change
Salem News, September 17, 2013

Beverly mayor: Job figures sound: Predicts up to 7,500 jobs on Brimbal Ave.
Salem News, September 13, 2013

Scanlon: Brimbal Avenue project would benefit Beverly
Bill Scanlon, Salem News, September 13, 2013

Our view: Brimbal Avenue project deserves support
Salem News, September 11, 2013

Letter: No need for another plaza in Beverly
Richard Symmes, Salem News, September 9, 2013

Questions and answers on Brimbal Ave. project
Salem News, September 5, 2013

Residents speak out against plan: Strong opposition is shown for proposed Brimbal Avenue shopping plaza
Salem News, September 4, 2013

Developer seeks zoning change for proposed Beverly plaza: Meeting set for Tuesday night on Brimbal project
Salem News, September 2, 2013

Waiver clears way for project: Ruling states Brimbal Ave. work won’t significantly harm environment
Salem News, August 30, 2013

Developer plans $20M plaza—Beverly: Brimbal Avenue complex would have stores, restaurants, bank, medical offices
Salem News, June 19, 2013

Brimbal project may begin in fall—Beverly: Mayor says he expects to receive $5 million grant for interchange plan
Salem News, June 14, 2013