The permitting of Baywatch Realty Trust’s complex off Front Street (Route 105) is close to completion after a review of revised plans at the Marion Zoning Board of Appeals meeting held on Thursday evening.
The entity is winding down its lengthy effort to construct a 96-unit affordable housing complex under Chapter 40B with associated parking areas, on-site and off-site utility connections, storm water management infrastructure and related mitigation measures. The recently revised plans proposed a repositioning of a portion of the entrance driveway in order to eliminate the need for a bridge over wetlands.
At the prior meeting, held on July 26, the board heard a thorough presentation by Kenneth Steen, of Kenneth Steen Real Estate Inc. and Edward Gless, Existing Grade, representing Baywatch Realty Trust, which showed a revised plan eliminating a bridge entry and presenting a new access on land adjacent to The Wave Restaurant that was recently acquired from owner Todd Zell.
The revised plans show an access point coming in and on property adjacent to the restaurant parking area, now in a wooded area. None of the existing parking of the Wave Restaurant would impacted by the project.
The public is welcome to view the plans, which contain considerable changes, at the Town House. The board closed the hearing and will take the request under advisement, and a decision could be made at the next board meeting.
Next up was a continued hearing on a request by Kathleen Mahoney, 40 Dexter Rd. ,to allow the demolition and reconstruction of an existing nonconforming single family dwelling located at the corner of Wilson Road and Dexter Road. The property recently received the go-ahead for a reconstruction of a pier.
The new proposed dwelling will be six feet higher than the existing structure, which will be demolished. Due to the raising up of the foundation, the height of the structure will go from 15.4 feet to 32 feet.
In Marion, the bylaws state than no residential unit can be higher than 35 feet. Two letters from abutters were read and were in support of the project. The board closed the hearing and will take the request under advisement.
In other business, the board approved a pending case for Christopher and Meredith Shachoy for a Special Permit to allow the demolition and reconstruction of an existing nonconforming single family dwelling, which will decrease the current nonconformity but increase the building area and volume. The property is located at 16 South St.
By Joan Hartnett-Barry