Lincoln Village plan heading to Planning Board

Lincoln Village plan heading to Planning Board

A rendering shows what Lincoln Village is proposed to look like.

LINCOLN – The town’s next big housing project, Lincoln Village behind St. James Church at 33 Division St. in Manville, will enter its first significant phase when the Technical Review Committee reviews the proposal at its meeting Tuesday, Sept. 15.

Town Planner Al Ranaldi said this project has been brewing for some time, and developer Dakota Partners has entered a purchase and sales agreement on it after years of it being on the market.

The TRC is a subcommittee of the Planning Board, and will review specifics on a 72-unit low-income and moderate-income apartment complex, with a trio of three-story buildings planned to each hold 24 garden-style apartment units.

Garden-style complexes are typically low-rise buildings with lawns, trees, shrubbery, and gardens surrounding them.

Representatives from Dakota have met with the community on a project that will be located on land owned by St. James Parish, said Ranaldi. The second step in the project following the abandonment of several paper streets, or streets no longer in active use, is the Planning Board review.

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Plans call for six one-bedroom units and 18 two-bedroom units in each building, with four of them designed for handicapped accessibility, said Ranaldi.

Dakota Partners is also responsible for projects at 90 and 60 Industrial Circle, he said, receiving more than 100 applicants for the 45 units at 90 Industrial Circle. That building is expected to be ready by December.

Light work ahead?

Also next week, Ranaldi and staff will be submitting their plan for a long-awaited streetlight conversion for review and potential approval by the Town Council.

“I’m going to be dancing in the street when that project gets done,” joked the planner.

There are a number of options the town will have for its consideration on the lights, he said, including on dimming, shielding, and coloration of the lights. While LED streetlights don’t technically give off more light than the older lights, more of it is focused downward, making it appear brighter. Far less light escapes into the night sky, especially with shielding, making it easier to see stars in the night sky.