Friday, March 2, 2007
Is affordable housing coming to Route 225?
A 19.5-acre section of the subdivision proposed for the corner of Route 225 and Curve Street may include affordable housing, the Planning Board learned at its Februrary 26 meeting when George Dimakarakos of Stamski & McNary and Rob West representing Wilkins Hill Realty, LLC, presented the Preliminary Subdivision Plan for the 35-lot development now dubbed "Hanover Hill." As represented on the plan, Dimakarakos said that a portion of the project may be developed as a Local Initiative Program (LIP), sometimes called a "friendly Chapter 40B development" in that through the program towns and developers are given technical assistance to work together to create low and moderate income housing. There was no indication of the number of units that may be involved in the Hanover Hill LIP which would be located in the area of the present buildings at 872 Westford Street adjacent to the wetland area on Westford Street.
The plan shows one subdivision road (Hanover Road) entering Route 225 at the Cross Street intersection and the other (Johnson Road) entering Route 225 near the house lot at 546 Westford Street. These locations would require waivers from the Planning Board for permitted grade at the road cuts onto Route 225.
When board member Peter Stuart asked about access to the LIP in addition to the proposed subdivision roads, Dimakarakos said that another subdivision road "or something — perhaps an emergency exit" is under consideration where the present 872 Westford Street driveway is located opposite Acton Street.
The board will continue the discussion at 9 p.m. on March 26. Chair David Freedman suggested that the developer discuss the initiative with the Selectmen and the Housing Authority and to provide more information prior to the next meeting. The board scheduled a site walk for Sunday, March 4 at 9 a.m. Rob West suggested the driveway at 546 Westford Street as the gathering location and said, "The public is invited."
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