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Planners approve special permits for NW Park housing

2/11/2013

BURLINGTON - The Planning Board unanimously approved the Nordblom Company’s three special permit applications for 32 Second Ave during last night’s meeting.

The permits have to do with the multi-family housing component of the Northwest Park which is a requirement of the Planned Development District (PDD) regulations that were approved by the town for the Northwest Park property.

Todd Fremont-Smith, Nordblom Co. Senior Vice President, presented architectural design plans which revealed a rental housing complex containing 201 residences in the plan. It was noted that 10 percent of the rooms have to be affordable, so 21 of them will be deemed affordable.

The site shown is located within walking distance of Wegmans and Kings, and a courtyard roughly the size of an acre is set to be located at the center of the project. The courtyard will contain a swimming pool, outdoor seating, patio space and a designated “dog park” for owners to walk and play with their dogs.

There will also be vegetation, trees and islands added to the site to ensure there is ample green space.

Fremont-Smith affirmed that the rental housing will be catered to the high-tech and medical workers that inhabit the working market in that area and throughout Burlington.

“We will give it a residential quality that we feel is going to appeal to the high-tech and medical workers who populate this market,” he said.

It was noted that the building is planned to be energy efficient and will contain a variety of building materials and disaggregated massing.

The parking situation in the plan will contain surface and structured parking, with the parking-to-unit ratio registering in a 1.6 parking spaces per unit.

Single-family rentals and multi-family rentals make up a majority of the housing plan.

The Planning Staff informed the board that all of the town department comments have been addressed in the plan.

Planning Board member Ann Cummings was one of several board members who expressed their favorability of the housing complex.

“I think it is fantastic,” she said of the plan. “You did a wonderful job.”

Vice Chair Joseph Impemba said that the plan was “very well thought out and planned” and jestingly added, “if I was single, I’d move there”.

The Planning Board approved the three special permits 7-0.