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“City lawyers were disappointed and surprised the Zoning Board of Appeals wouldn’t allow the developer of a Chapter 40B affordable housing project on Rowe Street in Auburndale to present a revised version of its project last year,” according to a series of text messages published in the TAB

The messages appear to show that city lawyers expected the city to lose its appeal of claims that Newton was city exempt from 40B under a 1.5 percent threshold,  which is exactly what happend.