A development firm that has been seeking to build 240 apartments near Route 114 in North Andover has offered a scaled-back plan it hopes will ease strong objections from neighbors about the project’s size and traffic impacts.
The new plan would reduce the number of units by 10 percent — to 216 — and the number of buildings from five to four, according to Eric Loth, a principal of the firm North Andover Holdings LLC.
“This is not something we want to do,” said Loth, a North Andover resident. But he said his team could accept the smaller plan if “in the end we can get to a project where we are getting positive feedback from the town and . . . the neighborhood.”
The proposed development is being permitted under the state’s affordable housing law, Chapter 40B. The Zoning Board of Appeals on Oct. 22 is set to resume a hearing on a request for a comprehensive permit by North Andover Holdings LLC, and its development partner on the project, the Woburn-based Dolben Co. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.