The Mashpee Zoning Board of Appeals voted unanimously on Tuesday last week, February 2, to approve a comprehensive permit for a 39-unit affordable housing development slated for construction at 950 Falmouth Road.
The approval of the project paves the way for the co-developers, the Housing Assistance Corporation and the Preservation of Affordable Housing, to apply for low-income housing tax credits from the state before moving forward with construction.
“This is really just the beginning. We look forward to working with the town and the neighbors going forward,” said Cory Fellows, the vice president of real estate development with Preservation of Affordable Housing. “We’ll make sure we have a good outreach plan for construction, make sure folks are aware of our schedule and there is good communication throughout, and we look forward to getting our financing soon.”
The project consists of three separate structures: a two-story, 12-unit building; a three-story, 23-unit building; and a townhouse-style building with four units. All of the units will include income restrictions, ranging from units reserved for residents who earn less than 30 percent of the median income to units reserved for residents who earn less than 60 percent of the median income. Of the 39 units, 14 will be one-bedroom units, 21 will be two-bedroom units and four will be three-bedroom units.
Mr. Fellows told the zoning board in January that construction is expected to take about 12 months and could begin as early as 2022, depending on when the project qualifies for financing from the state.
During meetings with the zoning board, Rosaleen Cassidy, the manager of South Cape Resort, which will abut the 40B project, raised concerns about disruptions from the construction and safety on the roadway that the resort will share with the housing development.
The zoning board and project developers agreed that Cross Road, the roadway shared by the resort and housing development, will include two sidewalks, one of which will be a raised sidewalk.
The project developers and neighbors also agreed that during June, July and August outdoor construction activities will be limited to between 7 AM and 5:30 PM from Monday through Friday and from 7 AM to 1 PM on Saturday, with no outdoor construction on Sundays. From the Fourth of July to Labor Day, outdoor construction will not be allowed on Saturdays, Sundays or holidays.
“I know you’ve done your very best for us here,” Ms. Cassidy told the zoning board. “It is an unusual situation, having this level of construction really basically in the middle of a resort.”
Mashpee voters in 2017 approved the transfer of the 13-acre parcel of town-owned land to be developed for affordable housing. A year later, the town approved the Housing Assistance Corporation and Preservation of Affordable Housing as the developers.