Friday, April 25, 2003
Planning Board supports Laurel Hollow, with several caveats
After listening to a presentation from the developer of a proposed eight-unit condominium project on Lowell Street on April 14, the Planning Board recommended that the Board of Appeals (BOA) support the project, as long as several conditions and suggestions for amendments to the plans are made.
4 acres, 4 buildings, 8 units
The project, dubbed Laurel Hollow by developer Michael Kenney, consists of four buildings situated on four acres along a new road off Lowell Street near the transfer station. The total living space of each of the four buildings will be between 4,000 and 6,000 square feet. Duplex-style townhouses, each with a two-car garage and 2,000 to 2,800 square feet of living space, will comprise each of the four buildings. Each of the eight units will have two bedrooms. Six of the units will be sold at market rate, for about $650,000. The two smaller units will be designated as affordable housing, and sold for about $175,000. In order to qualify for affordable housing, a buyer's income must be no more than 80% of the median income for the region, or approximately less than $60,000 per year.
The location and capacities of septic systems and wells, the adequacy of the new roadway to meet traffic, parking, and pedestrian needs, and the grading and landscaping requirements of the site were all issues of concern to the Planning Board at its meeting on April 14. In its April 17 letter, the Planning Board recommended that independent technical reviews of the plans, as well as certain conditions and changes to those plans be made before the BOA grants its approval to the proposal.
Carlisle currently has 18 units of affordable housing, mainly at senior housing projects at Malcolm Meadows and on Church Street. Those units make up about 1% of the total housing stock in town, a far cry from the state-mandated goal of 10% of affordable housing in every city and town.
The board will discuss the issue again at its next public meeting, on April 28.
Planning Board Recommendations
1. Review of the plans by an independent engineering firm, specifically to assess the drainage, grading, traffic, and landscaping elements of the plan. Costs for this review to be borne by the applicant.
2. Analysis of surface water hydrology and of the capacity of the existing
storm drain culverts.
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