Planning Board Recommends Independent Living Condos

The Archer Street project now goes to the Zoning Board of Appeals for approval.


The Planning Board on Tuesday voted to recommend the Archer Street project — 15 condos for people 55 and older on a 4.87-acre parcel of undeveloped land — to the Zoning Board of Appeals.

The board members also requested that sidewalks be incorporated into the project.

The development, located near Vaughan Place, needs an independent living special permit, a site plan special permit and a frontage dimensional variance from the ZBA, said town Planner Pete Kane.

The developer, Ralph DiGiorgio,  is scheduled to appear before the ZBA on Oct. 17.

On Tuesday, Planning Board members talked about the peer review of the project. The findings determined that the drainage study for the project was accurate, the town planner said.

Some minor calculations were off but not enough to call into question the accuracy of the study, he said.

The developer reduced the number of condos from 16 to 15, and said there would be no trucks off-loading material — excavated fill will be used on site.

At earlier board meetings neighbors expressed concerns about the project, including a fear that the building will exacerbate flooding problems for their homes.

But on Tuesday no abutters spoke for or against the project, the town planner said.

Editor's note: The original article had the wrong day, Wednesday, for the Planning Board meeting. It is now correctly stated above, Tuesday.

julee October 12, 2012 at 01:31 AM
Jerry Crowbar, do you not htink it is a little strange that a meeting that has been packed with abutters for 6 months was empoty last night? It is because when we have shown up the last 3 meetings they have given us a date to return, and the last time they gave the date as Oct 17. If it was just a couple of people missing the meeting, it wold make sense, but 50 or more...that;s a little questionable.
SHS PTF October 12, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Thanks for the link Jerry. The Public Meeting Notice posted in Town Hall states that the meeting was to be held on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, and according to this article, the meeting took place on October 10, 2012.
Terry Date October 12, 2012 at 02:18 PM
The meeting was Tuesday and the article has been corrected. Thanks for pointing this out.
pamela boucher October 12, 2012 at 06:32 PM
let it pass ok and to the abutters there is nothing having condos built for the older crowd that eventually will need some care
julee October 15, 2012 at 01:55 PM
It is not about condos for the older crowd, it is about them building 15 signle family homes where it is zoned for 4 or 5. This is without consideration for the existing problems in the neighborhood with flooding . Also, there is no provision for care for the "older crowd" it is just a means to skirt the existing zoning.


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