Alternate plan 40B project proposes 156 units in latest compromise


Eagle Tribune | By Lisa Kashinsky
February 22, 2017

METHUEN — As the Zoning Board moves closer to a decision on a controversial apartment building proposed for Pleasant Valley Street, an updated plan would reduce the number of residential units while providing more than $200,000 in mitigation to the city.

The updated plan, unveiled at Wednesday night’s Zoning Board of Appeals meeting at City Hall, calls for 156 residential units. The new total resulted from negotiations between Zoning Board representatives and the project’s developer. The original proposal was for 175 units.

Still, a few dozen residents came to the meeting to hear the latest proposal and more than a handful of them spoke against it. Their concerns range from traffic to water and sewage and the potential burden on the schools.

Even Zoning Board members seemed wary of the project given that a prior proposals offered 175-, 160- and 150-unit versions of the building.
“I really think it would’ve been a little more attractive to have a lower number of units, there’s no question on that,” said board member Phil Cultrera. “It’s a difficult situation for everyone.”

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