|04-11-2007, 05:57 PM||#1|
Join Date: Feb 2007
Two 11 story towers in Natick
NATICK - During a meeting last night where Judi Kuhn was sworn in as town clerk and Jane Hladick was recognized for her longtime service, the Board of Selectmen appointed a subcommittee to look into a proposed two-tower solution for its affordable housing goals.
To start out the night, Selectman Josh Ostroff read a lengthy proclamation recognizing outgoing Town Clerk Jane Hladick for her three-plus decades serving the town, then Hladick, also a justice of the peace, swore-in Kuhn as clerk.
Later in the evening, Community Development Director Patrick Reffett introduced a new affordable housing concept that he said could give Natick an additional 404 permanent affordable housing units.
The Chrysler Road project would be positioned near the Natick Mall's Nouvelle at Natick condo tower and the Cloverleaf apartment complex, and would add two, new 11-story buildings, each containing 202-apartment units in the Golden Triangle district, Reffett said. The site would also have 606 parking spaces, including 365 of them in a parking garage, and would be connected to the proposed Rail Trail, according to the developer, Joshua Katzen of J.W. Katzen Co., a Newton company.
Chrysler Road is a cul de sac that intersects with Speen Street.
Reffett said he asked the developer to introduce the concept to selectmen last night because they would be receiving an eligibility letter from the Massachusetts Housing Partnership to determine whether the board would support the project. The partnership may give the developer a grant for the buildings if it meets certain affordable housing standards.
Reffett said the town currently has 901 affordable housing units in town and needs an additional 433 units to meet a 10 percent affordable housing state standard. The count of current affordable units does not include the South Natick Hill development, the Paperboard development or the Hunter Hill development. With these projects and the Chrysler Road project, Natick would reach its 10 percent goal, he said.
Selectmen voted unanimously to appoint Chairwoman Carol Gloff and member John Ciccariello to a subcommittee to look into the possible development further.
In other news, Selectmen decided to pursue and submit an initial determination MORE grant application due May 1 to obtain state funds to design and construct access improvements from Rte. 9 to The MathWorks campus. The MathWorks wants to expand its Apple Hill Campus to add 600 jobs in Natick, but may need to make expensive improvements to win permit approval.
Reffett, who requested authorization to seek the grant, said the money is earmarked for infrastructure improvements that will create jobs. An additional application with more information would be required by Aug. 1.
The board also approved victualer's, all alcohol and entertainment licenses for two restaurants that will soon move in to the expanded Natick Mall. Sel De La Terre, a 205 seat restaurant, would open around Sept. 7 while Nordstrom Cafe Bistro would open within the anchor store Nordstrom in the fall.
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