Developer prepares 40B Housing Plan for property between Randolph Ave, Highland St. and Reed St.
posted at 9/22/2011 8:30 AM EDT
This project will cause major problems for this area of Milton. Residents need to speak up about this project.
Here is an article from the Milton Times:
A new Chapter 40B affordable housing development project is in the works.
Town Planner Bill Clark told the Selectmen last week that he has received informal notice that designs have begun on a 96-unit housing development on Meg Lane, a paper street off Randolph Avenue between Highland and Reed streets – near the Department of Public Works yard.
The development would include “a series of apartment buildings” over roughly seven acres, said Clark, adding that he was only recently approached about the project and doesn’t know all the details. He said there would be one-, two- and three-bedroom units.
Clark said Michael Walsh, of 5 Eager Road, is leading the project in tandem with a Weymouth-based development firm, The Holland Group. He said the group recently bought several homes in the neighborhood and is preparing to submit plans to the town.
But Clark said the development team is “having trouble getting the right attorney” to represent the project. Attempts to reach Walsh were unsuccessful.
Selectman John Shields said he would oppose a dense development on Meg Lane, which is near a wetlands resource area.
“They could get Clarence Darrow. Ninety-six units is too many units,” he said.
Clark agreed, saying, “It doesn’t fit with the neighborhood.”
Chapter 40B, the state’s affordable housing law, allows a developer to skirt local zoning ordinances if it provides at least 20 to 25 percent affordable units in a project. The law only allows such action to take place in communities where affordable housing makes up less than 10 percent of the total housing stock, and Milton falls into that category.
Clark said the developer has yet to file an application with the town, so it could still be presented in a way that would not include 40B units. If it were designed as 40B, Clark said, the state has far less stringent measures in place to protect conservation areas than does Milton.