Developer Seeks To Build 180 Condos In Southborough

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A local developer is proposing to build a 180-unit condo complex on Route 9 in Southborough, which would contain affordable units.
A local developer is proposing to build a 180-unit condo complex on Route 9 in Southborough, which would contain affordable units. Photo Credit: Bret Matthew

SOUTHBOROUGH, Mass. — Southborough Developer William Depietri of Capital Group Properties told the Southborough Board of Selectmen on Tuesday about his plan to build 180 condominiums on Park Central Drive.

The project comprises five buildings located on a 25.2-acre parcel near the Red Roof Inn and Cumberland Farms on Route 9.

According to a letter Depietri wrote to selectmen, 120 units would be two-bedroom condos and 60 would be one-bedroom condos. A quarter of the development, or 45 units, would be sold as low-income housing under the state's Chapter 40B law.

The area is an industrial zone, which means the project falls to the Zoning Board of Appeals. Under Chapter 40B, however, developers are allowed to bypass certain zoning regulations if less than 10 percent of the town's housing is considered affordable. Currently, Southborough's housing is 7.4 percent affordable.

The Board of Selectmen may choose whether to endorse the project, which has not yet been approved by MassHousing, the state's not-for-profit housing finance agency.

Selectmen could not reach a final verdict Tuesday because a traffic study examining the development's effect on surrounding roads has not been completed. Depietri said that it should be ready within the next couple of weeks.

"I'm sure I don't have to tell you that there are a lot of people behind you who have questions about traffic," Selectman Bill Boland said, referring to the residents who gathered to hear the proposal.

Many of those residents questioned whether the project would be too great a strain on town roads and resources.

Depietri said each unit will have two parking spots, allowing for as many as 360 additional cars in the area. About two dozen children are expected to move in with their families, he added. FInally, he estimated that the development will raise about $800,000 in new tax revenue for the town.

Boland brought up the issue of land use. "I have some concerns with residents going into the industrial park," he said, adding that the land was zoned that way for a reason and might be better used for commercial or industrial property. Other residents wondered what might happen to the remaining 62 acres in the area that Depietri owns but has not slated for development.

Depietri said economic factors would govern his decision to build in the future.

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