Friday, January 14, 2005
New 40B proposed for Concord Street 66 units on 23 acres to be age-restricted
Planning Board administrator George Mansfield told the Planning Board on January 10 that developers Bruce Wheeler and Mark O'Hagen of Habitech Development LLC of North Reading met privately with him to discuss their preliminary plans for a 66-unit 40B development on Concord Street. Located between Palmer Way and Spencer Brook Lane (see map on page 5), the 23-acre site would include 17 affordable units, and the entire condo complex would be age-restricted. The 15 or more buildings will require a public water supply fed by several wells and will have shared septic systems.
Wheeler is the developer of the Buttrick Woods subdivision off Concord Street. O'Hagan is an affordable housing developer, with three projects currently underway in Stow, Bolton and North Reading.
Reached later, Mansfield said that the preliminary plans call for one private access road leading from Concord Street to a large circle, the "village common," and continuing to a cul-de-sac at the far end of the property. The buildings will be two-and-a-half-story townhouses and all units will have two bedrooms.
Conservation Administrator Sylvia Willard confirmed that last fall, before any housing plans were discussed, Habitech had submitted an Abbreviated Notice of Resource Delineation, which mapped wetlands and showed an intermittent stream on the parcel. Willard said that a consultant, suggested by the ConsCom and paid for by the developer, has peer-reviewed the wetland delineation. In addition, at least five locations on the parcel have been successfully perc tested.
According to Mansfield, Wheeler and O'Hagen plan to meet informally with other town boards and officials before finalizing their plans. He believes that Habitech will formally submit an application for a 40B "comprehensive permit" some time this spring.
Chapter 40B is a state law which permits higher density housing than allowed by local zoning regulations, as long as 25 % of the housing units qualify as affordable. A 40B development must meet all Title 5 regulations, state and federal wetland laws, and local Board of Health bylaws. A comprehensive permit for a 40B development is granted by the Board of Appeals.
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