The Pennsylvania-based builder has persevered through court challenges by local opponents, but has yet to push ahead and begin construction on a project that, in one form or another, has spanned more than a decade.
So why do we have so many big projects that seem to be stuck in endless permitting battles?
Boston’s upscale suburbs can be tough places to build — expectations are high and the permitting process can be akin to running a medieval gantlet for a builder with big plans, developers say.
Each town calls the shots and wants to put its unique stamp on whatever is built, Tye notes. That can take time.
And while all that seemingly endless talking and debating is going on, the economic tides can suddenly head out, leaving a beached whale of a plan.
“We have 351 cities and towns with a lot of local autonomy,” he said of Massachusetts. “It can be a notoriously difficult place to develop.”
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