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Natick developer plans apartment complex in Southborough

Posted by Ralph Ranalli March 19, 2007 11:29 AM

SOUTHBOROUGH/NATICK

A Natick man who owns land on Route 9 has filed plans to build a four-story apartment building in the Fayville section of town under the state’s affordable housing rules.

Robert Heavey wants to construct Woodland Meadows at the corner of Woodland Road and Rte. 9. Under state regulations, 20 percent of the 44 units must be offered as affordable housing, but in return, Heavey will qualify for some leeway from local zoning restrictions.

The project must go before the Zoning Board of Appeals and Conservation Commission for approval and will require at least one waiver because it surpasses the town’s 35-foot height limit. The state Housing Partnership must issue the project a permit approving the site before it can go before the ZBA, Town Administrator Jean Kitchen said.

Town Conservation Administrator Beth Rosenblum said Heavey has had a history of failing to comply with notices of conditions the Conservation Commission has issued for the installation of septic systems near wetlands. In 1998 Heavey was also forced to pay a fine to the state Department of Environmental Protection after he modified a wetland without permission.

-- Jennifer Rosinski

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