Highridge condos among developments moving forward

Highridge condos among developments moving forward

LINCOLN – A proposal for a 28-unit condominium development at the former Highridge Swim and Tennis Club will be heard by the town’s Planning Board after the Technical Review Committee gave it a thumbs up this week.

That project, called “The Village at Albion,” was one of five developments the TRC recommended for approval on Tuesday ahead of the July 24 planning meeting.

The attorney for the project at 192 Old River Road, Joseph Shekarchi, said the developer feels the project across from Kirkbrae Country Club is “a nice fit for the area” and that it’s consistent with the town’s comprehensive plan. Proposed are one-level condos with two-car garages.

Frank Paolino, owner of Link Commercial Properties LLC, said he expected the condos to go on the market at $400,000 apiece, and that they would be offering a buyout to circumvent the requirement for affordable housing.

Town Planner Al Ranaldi said the town does not have a mechanism to accept a buyout, and that “the town administrator is not happy to implement something like that.” Ranaldi the town will follow the law if it allows for a buyout, but asked whether there’s “a way to have affordable housing units without the town becoming a bank and developer.”

Shekarchi said the developer is willing to work with the town to explore its options.

The project will need a zoning change to move forward. Link is proposing 28 units rather than the original 34, though the developer will need an additional zoning variance, as the town’s lot width requirement only supports 23 units.

The TRC recommended master plan approval and a zoning change. If approved, there will be a public informational hearing in August.

The board also recommended approval for an extension of Rockyroad Avenue off Chapel Street to build six new homes, with one designated as low to moderate income housing.

The sub-development by Terrapin Development LLC would build off the existing cul-de-sac, though the developer will need a series of waivers and conditions for approval, including:

• A 94-foot waiver to extend the cul-de-sac.

• Permission to build a 40-foot right of way. The existing roadway is 30 feet wide, but the town requires a width of 50 feet.

Rockyroad Avenue has always been maintained as a town road, but Ranaldi said it was recently discovered that the road is a private way. The developer has agreed to turn it over to the town, but a temporary easement will be needed for residents to legally use the road.

The TRC requested that at least one side of the new road have sidewalks.

Part of the discussion during the project’s July public informational hearing will likely be related to parking, as the TRC raised the possibility of exploring parking restrictions along one side of Rockyroad Avenue because of the narrowness of the existing road.

Public hearings have also been set for July 24 for two other developments:

• A subdivision off Great Road
• And a new storage facility at 678 George Washington Highway.

The first calls for the subdividing of two vacant lots and a portion of an abutting vacant lot into six residential lots, accessed by a new cul-de-sac.

Barring any unforeseen issues brought out at the Planning Board, the TRC recommended approval for both projects.

They also recommend approval for a minor subdivision at Woodward Road and Old Louisquisset. Property owner Dawn Sherman, who will need a homeowner’s association as a condition of approval, said she plans to sell the entire parcel to a developer.

Comments

It would be a sad day if the Town of Lincoln allows Link
Properties to destroy the stone walls which face Old River Road. These date back to the late 1700's/early 1800's. Too many of our old stone walls - our history- have been destroyed.

I agree that those walls should be preserved.

During the TRC meeting, the developer indicated they would be keeping the stone wall in place.

Am happy to hear that, Nicole. Will keep my fingers crossed they stay in place.