I want to thank Ryan Spencer for his revealing article on the proposed Mashpee Commons development. The Mashpee Commons Zoning Amendment Map he included shows a huge change in our town.
Some details that are not necessarily obvious from the map were included in the proposal the planning board received but were not included in the publicly available packet for the selectmen.
The article mentions some details, but it is worth summarizing the figures:
• “commercial densities” expanded to 330,000 square feet from 10,000 square feet in the yellow “transition” area
• “commercial densities” expanded to 890,000 square feet from 350,000 square feet in the pink “core” area
• “residential densities” expanded to 1,075 units from 32 units in the “transition” area
• “residential densities” expanded to 450 units from 45 in the “core” area
• “residential densities” of 185 units in the blue “edge” area
This proposal amounts to 1.2 million square feet of commercial space as well as 1,710 housing units and a permit for 25 years.
This is a massive expansion of “density” that will certainly alter the look, feel and function of the Mashpee Commons.
Two years ago, the Commons corporation presented a plan including five-story buildings. Is this what we want to see in our town? The Commons’ attorney told the selectmen on March 22 that the corporation will seek public comment.
Let’s make sure they hear from us.
David P. Bloomfield