AvalonBay has backed away from plans for a 200-unit residential rental community with 50 units of affordable housing on former farm land in Sudbury that had angered local residents, town officials said.
AvalonBay Communities of Alexandria, Va., said August 26 that it had a binding purchase and sale agreement to acquire the land adjacent to a house at 189 Landham Road, but the notified the town this week that they would not carry though with their plans, said Jody Kablack, Sudbury's director of planning and community development
Kablack said that a Michael Roberts from AvalonBay notified her of the company's decision. A spokesman for AvalonBay could not be reached for comment.
The land was owned by Eric and Marian Johnson. Eric died in January 2007 at age 91. Three months before his death, the town's Community Preservation Committee offered him $600,000 for the land, but a deal was never reached. Marian died in February at age 85.
The proposal angered residents and would have put up a 13-building development scattered over the 35-acre parcel. Twenty-five percent of the units would have been affordable housing.
A 2006 Sudbury Community Preservation Committee project submission form researched by the Globe shows town tried to buy the land for $600,000 at the time. They had proposed an eight-unit affordable housing project on a single acre at the front of the property.
-- John M. Guilfoil