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Dedham ZBA to Discuss Proposed Assisted Living Facility Tuesday

The project is being opposed by the Charles Riverway Preservation Alliance.

A photo of the area where the building would be. Credit: Google Maps
A photo of the area where the building would be. Credit: Google Maps

The Dedham Zoning Board of Appeals will meet on Tuesday to continue a discussion from April 22 regarding the proposed development of an assisted living facility in town. 

Artis Senior Living, LLC is looking to develop 36,000 square-foot, 72-unit assisted living facility in the area of 255 and 303 West st. in Dedham. Artis has also sought to construct a 64-bed nursing home in Reading.

Representatives with the Charles Riverway Preservation Alliance, however, are asking for Dedham residents to attend the ZBA meeting Tuesday to opposed the project. 

The CRPA which comprises residents and community members, is "committed to preserving Dedham's historical and natural assets along the Charles River," according to its Facebook page, and is asking residents to attend Tuesday night's hearing to oppose the project. 

"This project threatens to take over nearly 8 acres of forested land on the Charles River in Dedham," the CRPA wrote on Facebook. "All we're asking is that the town uphold our current zoning regulations. Artis is welcome to come to Dedham to build on land that is property zone, but not on a Residential A zoned land."

The meeting will run from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday in the Lower Conference Room at Dedham Town Hall.

steve May 17, 2014 at 12:15 PM
So Chris why should we let someone run a business with no taxes. Why not let every business have no taxes. These non profits are a sham. But the salaries they pay these people to run a non profit is crazy. If they pay themselves that much then they can pay taxes. It's just another scam and loophole by these smart business people who get ahead and.we as always suffer. So Chris my reasoning is from a real world hard working perspective and sick if getting screwed. Basically we pay taxes to afford everyone their handouts and housing.
Chris Masalsky May 17, 2014 at 05:19 PM
So these are good questions - angry, confrontational questions, but good ones. And the answers are very complex - but the broad stroke is this: non-profits are a very conservative idea that save governments and taxpayers PILES of money every year. With notable exceptions, they do the work that government should be doing, but it's far less expensive to do it privately. There are two ways they save government money (1) by taking government dollars and operating businesses in a far more efficient manner than government is structured to do, and (2) by accepting private donations from individuals, corporations and foundations that want their dollars to go toward a particular cause/service. The non-profit that I work for is almost 100% privately funded (99 point something percent), and it does youth development work that produces a social return on investment (SROI) - lower crime, higher school graduation rates, etc. If you want the government to do that work, that's great - but be prepared to pay a lot more in taxes than the tax break that's received by the non-profit. The tax-free status is the government investing a small amount of money to get a huge return in terms of efficiency.
Chris Masalsky May 17, 2014 at 05:27 PM
As far as salaries are concerned, there are certainly a few (but it's very few) salaries that I think are indefensible in the non-profit world (like Joe Kennedy's). But the overwhelming majority of non-profit leaders are paid (a) what they're worth, and (b) far less than people in comparable positions in the for-profit world. You basically get what you pay for - if someone who makes $150k/year can produce three times as much SROI than someone who makes $80k/year, you have a real bargain. And make no mistake about it, non-profit leadership decisions make all the difference in whether a non-profit produces its desired outcomes or not. Missions don't advance themselves, and a penny-wise, pound-foolish decision on the wrong non-profit leader can cripple an organization for years (or forever). And the non-profit execs I know (and I know a lot of them) who make six figures are all 70+ hours/week types who are consumed by passion for their work (I feel like people who think non-profit leaders don't earn their salaries should do ride-alongs with a few CEOs for a week and see what they think then). Also, almost every high-paid non-profit leader is tasked with bringing in big dollars from big donors - their salaries are covered by the donors they attract who believe in THEM, while the smaller donations go toward the work of the agency.
steve May 18, 2014 at 04:45 PM
Thanks for the response but I work 70 to 90 hrs a week and the more I work the more taxes they take so I get no benefit from it and the Ot is not a choice its an emergency response so why can't we get a break sometimes and this is not directed at you its just frustrating that u can never get ahead and people and companies are always getting a break and it all falls on our hard work and my case physical labor. I just think that these social services need money from the people using them and stop giving handouts. I should not be overtaxed because I want a nice house and want schooling and nice things for my kids. It's getting old paying for all these lazy people to live and not work, they are playing the system and its becoming generational and to easy for them to get assistance tax free and not do anything. I understand some people need but 90 % laugh at us and get everything on our backs. This has got to stop we work to hard to get what we want. But Chris thanks for explanation on non profits
Chris Masalsky May 18, 2014 at 05:52 PM
All I have to add is that of the families I have met through the work I'm doing, 100% have absolutely been of need and 0% have been laughing at anyone's generosity.

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