Braintree Square development plans revised

The number of units has been scaled-back slightly in a proposed apartment and townhouse development in Braintree Square.

Patriot Ledger | By Fred Hanson
January 26, 2017

BRAINTREE – Plans for a proposed multi-family development in Braintree Square have been revised and will be submitted to the appeals board in the next few weeks.

Paul Holland, project manager and engineer of the Holland Companies of Boston, presented the plans at a Wednesday morning meeting at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post attended by more than 50 residents.

The revised proposal calls for a three-story, 70-unit apartment building, down from the original 72 units, at 383-385 Washington St., on a lot between the storefronts of Braintree Square and the Archbishop Williams High School athletic field.

In a related project, eight three-bedroom townhouse condominiums will be built on the Storrs Avenue side of the 2.4-acre property.

Another proposed change in the plans is that the driveways from some of the townhouses will not lead directly to Storrs Avenue.

Half of the units in the apartment building would be either studio or one-bedroom apartments, proponents said.

Holland will seek a comprehensive permit from the appeals board for the development under Chapter 40B, the state’s so-called anti-snob zoning law. It allows developers to bypass local zoning and most approvals for developments that include affordable housing.
The development would have 20 affordable units, 18 apartments and two townhouses.

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