Bridgewater officials are weighing whether to support the plans of a developer who says he can help bring a renaissance to the downtown through a series of projects under Chapter 40B, the state’s affordable-housing law.
Developer Jim Paskell’s plans call for demolishing a boarded-up, former rental housing building at 76-78 Broad St. and replacing it with a new building of 25 rental apartments and three commercial spaces. Paskell would also add housing units at three other downtown sites, and deed a property behind the Academy Building to the town for parking use.
The developer seeks to use the so-called “friendly 40B” provision of the housing law in which developers obtain the support of town officials prior to permitting to avoid the acrimony that often accompanies Chapter 40B projects. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.