Natick Town Meeting OKs senior housing zoning

Wicked Local Natick | By Brian Benson
May 8, 2017

NATICK – Town Meeting on Tuesday approved a zoning overlay proposal that facilitates construction of housing for seniors.

The overlay zoning, proposed by attorney George Richards, can be applied to certain land near existing Administrative and Professional zoning.

Town Meeting also applied the zoning to 22-24, 26 and 32 Union St. Those lots are near Union Street’s intersection with Milk Street. A senior housing development with 29-30 units has been eyed for 26 and 32 Union St., Richards said.

Richards said the overlay fosters construction of housing for seniors 62 years old and older who do not need assisted-living. This is needed in town and the Union Street development site is an “incredible location” within walking distance of the Community-Senior Center, downtown and other services, Richards said.

Several committees, including the Council on Aging and Planning Board, supported the proposal.

“We felt very strongly that there needed to be a residence in Natick for independent senior living,” said Precinct 5′s Harriet Merkowitz, who is also chairwoman of the Council on Aging.

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