Wicked Local Watertown | By Charlie Breitrose
February 14, 2017
After much debate, on Feb. 8 the Planning Board approved a mixed-use project on Pleasant Street that will include retail stores, a restaurant near the Charles River and apartments.
Last week, developers of 330-350 Pleasant Street – called Water Mills at Bridge Point – appeared before the Planning Board for the second time. The team representing developer Mark Coppola of World Realty and Development Ltd. had made some minor changes to the planned 18,445 square feet of commercial space and 99 housing units (66 one-bedroom, 29 two-bedroom and 4 three bedroom) proposed to go on the lot of just under 99,500 square feet. 15 of the units will be classed as affordable.
The development will have two, three-story buildings, connected with a bridge, and each building will have a roof top garden on the courtyards on the second floor. There will be 171 parking spaces, with 118 for residents, and all but 13 spaces located in a garage or covered. The project will have 54 bicycle parking spaces. With the proximity to the Charles River Path, a bicycle shop is one business the developer hopes to lure to the complex.
It will be built on the former Casey Dupuis Equipment and Julian Crane properties, on Pleasant Street near Rosedale Road, which is located in the Pleasant Street Corridor District. Because of the proposed buildings’ size–the design has a floor area ratio of 1.25–the developers needed the Planning Board to grant them a special permit. Buildings with a floor area ratio of up to 2.0 are permitted, but buildings with a floor area ratio above 1.0 need a special permit.