Condos at Highridge OK’d for zoning change

Condos at Highridge OK’d for zoning change

LINCOLN – The Lincoln Town Council voted to approve a zoning change Tuesday night that will allow Link Commercial Properties LLC to build a new condominium development across from Kirkbrae Country Club on Old River Road.

The two-bedroom condos at the Village at Albion will be restricted to people age 55 and older.

The company owned by Frank Paolino needed a zoning change from RS (residential single-family) to RG (residential general) to allow for the construction of 28 condo units.

Town Planner Al Ranaldi said there is high demand for this style of housing in Lincoln.

Because of the age restriction, the project team said they don’t expect there to be a fiscal impact on the School Department with an influx of children. The condos will not require town services such as trash pick-up or snow plowing.

When complete, there will be a total of 14, one-story duplex-style buildings, each with a two-car garage for a total of 28 units. The developer said he settled on a lesser number of units to better fit the area. He plans to sell them for more than $400,000 each and to offer the town a buy-out to circumvent the requirement for affordable housing.

The property at 192 Old River Road was formerly home of the Highridge Swim and Tennis Club. A historic stone wall that fronts the development, which was farmland historically, will be maintained as a condition of approval.

Asked whether the project will cause issues with water pressure by Councilman Bruce Ogni, Jeffrey Hanson of Millstone Engineering said it “will not adversely impact pressure in the area,” and noted that the Lincoln Water Commission is “in the process of making system upgrades to address concerns in that area.”