A private company has proposed building 276 housing units right next to the portion of the Blue Hills called Fowl Meadow on Brush Hill Road in Milton. The five-story buildings are proposed on what the state calls an “Area of Critical Environmental Concern.” We call this forested land ‘critical’ because the plants and animals of Fowl Meadow’s wetland depend on this area for food and habitat. Plus the higher land filters the water the runs down to the wetlands and Neponset River. When the existing forest is bulldozed to create 276 housing units and forested land is leveled to create parking, the wetland animals and plants will suffer. Both the food and homes will be destroyed, but the water supply will also become contaminated.
We are working with the community, legislators and decision makers to help protect Fowl Meadow. Please see our Action Alert and contact your state legislators in support of legislative bills that would protect this area.
Unfortunately, in October 2013, Mass Housing has given preliminary approval to the project, but the Friends of the Blue Hills continues to work with stakeholders to protect Fowl Meadow. (See the Milton Mews Project Eligibility Letter 10.13 written by Mass Housing granting preliminary approval.)