"We requested that they withdraw it," Charles Gricus, directorof planning for the town, tells GlobeSt.com. "They need to do morehomework. If no one understands the issue, it is tough to get azoning measure passed. We support it but we want to make sure allquestions are answered."

John Ryan of Boston-based Ryan & Elliot and David Waluka ofWaluka Real Estate Corp. in Sharon are among the developers whowant to create a commercial district in this area to develop acombination of retail, commercial and residential projects. Butsuch a project would require access from Route 25, which wouldprobably involve creating a new highway exit, a decision that wouldmean bringing in the state.

While there have been concerns expressed about the impact of thedevelopment of this parcel on the area's water supply, Gricusmaintains that the town needs additional development to support itstax base. "Right now 82% of our property taxes are paid byhomeowners," notes Gricus. "We need to bring that figure back intobalance."

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