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E. Arlington neighbors offer suggestions to developers

Peter Bermudes of Belknap Street submitted this letter on behalf of the residents of Belmarlin.

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Like many Arlingtonians over the past year-and-then-some, the residents of Belmarlin — as we who live on Belknap, Marion and Linwood streets in East Arlington refer to our neighborhood — have spent much of the pandemic within earshot of a developer’s rehab project.

As days turned into weeks into months, the initially inconvenient noise, floating debris and parking congestion morphed into something more weighty and permanent. And now, with that project finally complete and sold off, two more rehabs are due to begin this summer.

Hoping to be proactive and establish lines of clear communication with the developers, a number of Belmarlinites crowd-sourced the following list of suggestions. Some are enforceable by town regulation, while others simply strike us as neighborly and good business practice. We offer them here in case others want to build on them for use in their own neighborhoods.

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