A 39-unit affordable housing project proposed for construction at 950 Falmouth Road came before the Mashpee Zoning Board of Appeals on Wednesday, November 18.
The board voted unanimously to continue the hearing until January 13 after hearing initial comments from town staff and abutters including the South Cape Resort and Club.
The 40B affordable housing project has been granted to the Housing Assistance Corporation, a nonprofit agency on Cape Cod, and the Preservation of Affordable Housing, a national company.
The project, to be built on 13 acres of town-owned land, would include 39 units with a total of 14 one-bedroom units, 21 two-bedroom units and four three-bedroom units.
South Cape Resort raised concerns about the roadway that would be the main access to the housing development. The roadway cuts through the middle of South Cape Resort, the resort said in a letter. Staff cross the road throughout the day, as do residents and guests, raising concerns about safety with increased use of the roadway, the letter said.
“We will provide written responses in a comprehensive way to all of these comments that we have heard tonight,” Cory Fellows of Preservation of Affordable Housing said. “To the extent there are concerns about proximity to the existing property and access to our proposed project, I would just say generally that we do have a lot of experience, as I said earlier, with being good neighbors.”
Deborah F. Umina, a resident who lives off Falmouth Road near the proposed development, raised concerns about increased traffic on Falmouth Road.
“To put that many units in without a traffic study seems irresponsible,” she said. “I’m not really upset about the development, but I am really upset that we are being put in danger over here.”
The board referred Ms. Umina to the Mashpee Department of Public Works, which they said might be able to answer questions about a traffic study in the area.