A Sagamore Beach complex that would include a medical building, an assisted living facility and condominiums for people aged 55 and older has been given a thumbs-up by the Cape Cod Commission.
During a meeting last Thursday, July 11, the regional regulatory planning agency gave its approval to the project as a Development of Regional Impact.
Commission members voted 13-0 in favor of the project, Canal Street Crossing, which is being spearheaded by local Bourne developer Robert J. Gendron.
Mr. Gendron plans to build the complex on 11 acres he owns between Canal and Hunters Brook roads.
A hearing on the project was held by a commission subcommittee in mid-May at the Bourne Veterans Memorial Community Center. At that hearing, the project received both support and opposition, with some residents voicing concerns over increased traffic to their neighborhood.
Another subcommittee meeting was held on July 2, and then the project brought before the full commission last week.
The development still needs to go before the Bourne Planning Board for site plan approval and special permit. It also needs a green light from the Bourne Conservation Commission to install a 65-foot bridge over protected wetlands.
The project would be built in a now-wooded area directly behind the Dunkin’ and McDonald’s on Meetinghouse Lane, diagonally across from the Friendly’s restaurant on Canal Road.
The project is expected to cost $40 to $50 million to build. Michele White, special project coordinator for the Cape Cod Commission, estimated that the development will provide $200,000 to $300,000 in annual commercial tax revenue to the town.
Under the project timeline, construction would begin next spring and a finish in the winter of 2023.
The project required a zoning change to create a Senior Care Overlay District that would fit over areas that were already zoned for commercial (B2) and residential (R40) use.
In May 2018, Annual Town Meeting approved creation of the district in a 204-96 vote.