Builder of West Concord affordable housing project faces questions from planning board

Wicked Local Concord | By Henry Schwan
April 5, 2017

The developer of a proposed $17 million affordable housing project in West Concord heard several concerns about the project at the April 4 Planning Board meeting, including questions about whether it fits in with the neighborhood landscape and whether the name of the project is right for Concord.

Walter Ohanian, managing director at Grantham Group, which is seeking a comprehensive permit from the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) to build an 83-unit, assisted-living, affordable housing development near MCI-Concord, was the target of the concerns from some members of the Concord Planning Board.

Planning Board member Gary Kleiman said the name of the project — Christopher Heights in Concord at Junction Village — has “little or no connection to Concord,” and wondered if Ohanian could come up with a “more-suitable” name.

Ohanian said Christopher Heights is a recognized brand name in the affordable housing industry, and added Gov. Charlie Baker honored Grantham with a citation for the success Christopher Heights’ developments have accomplished elsewhere.

“(The Christopher Heights name) is important to continue,” Ohanian said.

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