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    Braintree mayor pushes for zoning updates, housing for millennials and seniors

    Mayor Joseph Sullivan said in his State of the Town address that Braintree should plan for the future by updating its zoning rules, building more housing for millennials and senior citizens, and working with other communities to fight a natural gas compression station proposed to be sited at the Fore River Bridge.

    On Feb. 1, the town appealed a recent state Department of Environmental Protection decision to grant an air quality permit to the proposed station, part of an expanded natural gas transmission system running from New Jersey into Massachusetts. The station would be built in Weymouth but opponents say any pollution or accidents would affect adjacent communities and commuters.

    “Let me be blunt: in planning for our future we have no plans to allows this compressor station to be built,” Sullivan said in his Feb. 7 speech.


    Sullivan also said that Braintree’s population is growing older and needs more housing aimed specifically at those over age 55. He said more housing also is needed for younger residents who rely on public transportation, but that the town should preserve the residential character of existing neighborhoods.

    The mayor touched on traffic problems in town. He said lights would be retimed at the busiest intersections, and technology installed adjusting lights’ green-red patterns to deal with traffic in real time.

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