Daniel C. Maclone of Falmouth is seeking a comprehensive permit from the Falmouth Zoning Board of Appeals under the state’s chapter 40B law to construct Cardinal Place on Rebecca Ann Lane in East Falmouth, which consists of 10 rentals in five duplexes on 1.34 acres.
The appeals board held a hearing on Thursday last week, November 5, and continued it until Thursday, January 7, to wait for a completed report from the peer engineer.
Three units will be affordable, with rents aimed at people making 80 percent of the area median income. The rest are market-rate units and are a mix of one- and two-bedroom units with one three-bedroom unit.
“The mix of housing types aligns well with the town’s housing needs as identified in the 2018 Housing Production Plan, Town Manager Julian M. Suso said in a letter to MassHousing. “Rental housing is the most significant need and priority should be placed on units with fewer than three bedrooms as they are needed to provide more opportunities for seniors, singles and individuals just beginning a family.” The letter noted the development’s proximity to shops, services and public transportation as a plus for renters.
The 2018 Housing Production Plan looked at demographic trends to update and identify the housing goals for the town. It determined there is a deficit in housing for young families and single-person households.
Rent for the two affordable one-bedroom apartments is $1,223 and the two-bedroom is $1,471. Market-rate units will rent for $1,500, $1,800 and $2,100 for one-, two- and three-bedroom units, respectively. All are one story with a full basement. All units have visitable features and are disabled adaptable, meaning ramps can be installed upon request. Visitable features include zero-step entrance, 32-inch doorways and a bathroom on the main floor accessible with a wheelchair.
Rebecca Ann Lane contains residential homes and commercial buildings across from Kenyon’s Market. Mr. Maclone owns the undeveloped vacant lot, which is bordered to the north by single-family homes and to the south by a commercial property that fronts Route 28. There is a sliver of adjacent property, referred to as lot 1, that Mr. Maclone wanted to purchase for this project but the owner could not be identified, Michael Borselli of Falmouth Engineering said at the zoning board hearing. Mr. Borselli is the project engineer for the project.
The planning board discussed the project at its meeting on Tuesday, November 10. Aside from suggesting changes to the parking configuration and adding more landscaping, members were pleased with the proposal.
“If we can keep it in character with the rest of the neighborhood with some changes, this project proposed everything outlined in the housing plan and would be great for Falmouth,” planning board member Charlotte Harris said.
The board asked the builder to modify the entrance, which is essentially a long stretch of pavement connecting each unit, in order to create more green space in the front. Members suggested individual driveways or moving parking to the rear.
“If we can solve the parking situation in front, this will be an outstanding project,” board member James E. Fox said.