FRAMINGHAM — A 176-unit condominium intricate may well come to be the first huge-scale housing project built in the city due to the fact a moratorium on this kind of action expired final summertime.
The proposed advanced would be at 358 Waverly St. (Route 135) and stretch to the corner of South Road at the edge of downtown Framingham. The spot was previous home to the former El Mariachi Mexican Restaurant, and previously the Chicken Bone restaurant.
The corporation guiding the proposed 6-tale intricate is Boghos Attributes, a Boston-centered developer. The undertaking would characteristic 176 units, with 18, or 10% of them designated as very affordable housing. According to web site plans, the venture would also attribute about 3,700 square toes of retail room, as effectively as a 6-story parking garage.
The venture is in the web page program evaluation phase, which involves ongoing community hearings. The applicant would require a series of distinctive permits to construct the apartment advanced at the proposed web site, due to its scale.
The 1.58-acre ton on which the proposal would be developed is zoned as portion of Framingham’s Central Company District. It can be in near proximity to very similar developments, like the Union Property sophisticated at 55 Harmony St. and Modera Framingham at 266 Waverly St.
“You can see how the creating matches in with the more recent structures, as effectively as the more mature mill properties in the neighborhood,” said Ray Boghos, of Boghos Homes, all through a July 21 Planning Board assembly. “We believe it scales into the community properly.”
Sarkis Sarkisian, Framingham’s director of setting up and community enhancement, said throughout the identical assembly that the metropolis will be issuing a peer assessment for the targeted traffic review accomplished by Boghos, and will look at a assessment of the architecture of the constructing, to make certain that the programs introduced to the metropolis by Boghos are exact.
“When this initial obtained introduced to us, we wished to make confident that this was comprehensively peer reviewed,” Sarkisian mentioned. “We now talked about the targeted visitors examine, but I believe the architecture is superb. I know there had been some opinions about seeking to get that reviewed. I have an individual that can do that so we really don’t sluggish the course of action down,”
Issues were elevated by a few customers of the public, as effectively as the Setting up Board, about parking and the opportunity for added targeted visitors.
“Could somebody who is leasing an condominium go away their vehicle on the road overnight? Could they go away them repeatedly in excess of months like they do in Again Bay?” asked Joe Simonelli, a Nixon Road resident.
Scheduling Board member Michael Norton identified as Boghos’ presentation one particular of the most effective he has seen through his time on the board, incorporating that he thinks the proposal is considerably extra architecturally nice than other tasks constructed in the neighborhood.
“A few of issues that have bothered me about the other much larger buildings that have been crafted above the several years is that together the road, the constructing is just a monotonous block,” he mentioned. “You men have addressed that really well with the crack-up in the making together Waverly Street. The Modera developing, which is all setting up and no landscaping alongside the avenue, that is an additional detail you fellas have dealt with with the very little pocket parks.”
In September 2020, the City Council issued a moratorium on condominium construction following a petition from inhabitants. The moratorium was established to previous 9 months, but was extended previous spring by yet another a few and wrapped up in September 2021.
The petition cited considerations about visitors, as nicely as overbuilding in and all around downtown Framingham. It was signed by more than 300 inhabitants.
Setting up Board Chair Kristina Johnson explained producing extra housing is crucial for the town and the location.
“Massachusetts ranks toward the bottom when it arrives to housing manufacturing and we have been due to the fact 2011,” she explained. “We have not caught up with housing manufacturing and all that has performed is lead to a housing lack and the extraordinary rise in residence costs and hire. This is truly significant for the sustainability of our regional financial system. If we want Framingham to be competitive, housing is the lacking piece.”
The public listening to and review method is set to continue throughout the Setting up Board’s Aug. 18 meeting.
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