Brookline officials want moratorium on new affordable housing developments

The Boston Globe | By John Hilliard
December 7, 2016

coolidge-cBROOKLINE — One week after a developer pitched a 21-story apartment building for Coolidge Corner, selectmen have asked state officials to back a temporary moratorium on the review of future projects proposed under the state’s affordable housing law.

Brookline has 10 separate projects seeking waivers from local zoning that would add hundreds of new units under Chapter 40B.

The latest is a proposal from developer Chestnut Hill Realty that would bring 320 apartments in a complex on Waldo Street. Under the plan, 64 apartments would meet affordability rules and the rest would be market rate.

On Tuesday, the Board of Selectmen voted to ask state agencies for a six-month moratorium on evaluating new proposals and give local officials more time for review.

Neil Wishinsky, chairman of the selectmen, said the affordable housing law permits developments that are higher, bigger, and closer to their neighbors than local zoning would normally allow.

“I’m not worried about affordable units changing neighborhoods,” Wishinsky said in an interview. “I’m worried about the density.”

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