Residences at Broad finally ready to proceed

Residences at Broad finally ready to proceed

A rendering shows how the Residences at Broad, at the intersection of Mendon Road and Broad Street in Cumberland, are intended to look.
Two other Mendon Road projects stalled

CUMBERLAND – Hay bales and staked black plastic, the telltale signs that a project is about to get started, have taken up residence at the corner of Mendon Road and Broad Street.

Planning and Community Development Director Jonathan Stevens confirmed that developer Thomas McNulty has recorded his final plan and that the mixed-use project has all of its permits and is ready to proceed. The development was first proposed in its original form all the way back in 2007.

The Breeze reported last August that McNulty was on the verge of a final plan for the property, which includes 23 residential units, 11 in one building and 12 in the other, and 4,500 square feet of commercial space on the ground floors.

The companies behind the project are Macklands Realty (McNulty) and J.H. Lynch & Sons, both of Cumberland.

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An original master plan, first approved in October 2007, remained in effect until July of 2018, when the Planning Board approved a preliminary plan. The project, which hit several bumps in the road over the years, including a dispute with town officials over whether it could be converted into all residential units, retained its approval status because of General Assembly action extending the viability of projects first proposed around the time of the 2007 recession.

Two other proposed projects on Mendon Road are still in limbo.

• A master plan for a proposed bank at the cleared space at the Colonial Crossing plaza, next to Planet Fitness at Route 295, has expired, according to Stevens, but the owner can come back to the Planning Board at any time. The Breeze reported in 2018 that owner Eugene Goldstein was removing a thick layer of rock at the property to make it more attractive for development. A Town Council-approved change made back in 2010 from an R-1 residential zoning designation to C-1 commercial zoning allows only for a bank use at the property.

• Previous approvals for new housing at the intersection of Mendon Road and Albion Road, across from Seabra, have expired, according to Stevens. Underlying zoning allows for three residential units here. Stevens said back in September 2019 that Fred Pesaturo, who previously attempted a commercial development and other projects here, was said to be partnering with a private nonprofit housing organization on new workforce housing.