Plan for 107 condos off Mendon Rd. revived

Plan for 107 condos off Mendon Rd. revived

CUMBERLAND – An old plan for a major condo development off Mendon Road appears to be making a comeback.

The 2008 plan for the 107-unit complex is “suddenly back into focus,” said Jonathan Stevens, Cumberland’s director of planning and community development, now that attorney Michael Kelly has been inquiring about a previously approved master plan for the project on behalf of an unnamed client. That master plan was approved back in the spring of 2008, but the project has been sitting in limbo.

The condos would be built well back from Mendon Road and behind the Chimney Hill Apartments, to the left of Meadowbrook Drive and across from the medical office complexes and commercial plazas at or near 2123, 2135, and 2170 Mendon Road. This area of Mendon Road is located north of exit 10 on Route 295.

E.A. McNulty Real Estate originally won master plan approval for the Meadowbrook Green multi-family complex. Town officials said there was some litigation between McNulty and Chimney Hill, but that seems to have ended and development now appears to be on the horizon.

It is unclear who is behind the plan to “dust off” the old project, said Stevens, whether it’s McNulty or some other company. Like many projects from the 2007-2008 time period, he said, this one appeared to stall in part due to the national economic crash.

Attorney Kelly did not return a call for comment.

Recorded minutes from a Planning Board meeting of March 26, 2008, state that the master plan from Macklands Realty for the 107-unit development was approved by a 6-2 vote, with one abstention. The approval for the residential property, located in an R-3 zoning district, came after a hearing lasting more than two hours on March 12 of that year, according to the minutes.

The master plan is still good thanks to a statewide policy called “tolling,” said Stevens, meaning a potential applicant today would only need to come in for preliminary plan and final plan approvals. The General Assembly enacted the tolling statute to extend the standing of plans approved by planning boards, meaning developers don’t have to start over.

Unlike the broader master plan phase, where officials decide if a project is right for a specific property, the preliminary and final plan stages before the Cumberland Planning Board are focused on finer details of how a project will be developed.

According to experts’ statements in a 2007 Valley Breeze story, the new condo complex of 107 units, with 93 percent occupancy, would have generated 32 cars exiting the complex between 7 and 8 a.m. on a weekday and six vehicles entering it.

In the evening, from 5 to 6 p.m., 34 cars would drive back home and 14 would exit, according to estimates at that time. On Saturdays, 11 a.m. to noon, 15 would enter and 18 would exit.

A study found that the movement of Meadowbrook Green drivers would have added anywhere from 2 to 56 seconds to the waits at various intersections and side streets in the area.

Comments

Hope its not the same person that was counting the cars at
the chapel.

At what point does the town put a curb on building? When the town turns into Central Falls?

There is a planning meeting at the end of the month, which I highly recommend people attend. There are myriad issues with this development. 1. A traffic impact study from 2008 is massively outdated. There is no way conditions are the same. A new one needs to be done before this is even considered. 2. School impact study also needs to be done. In the VB just a month ago, Ashton School was listed as being at capacity... so how is it that 107 units can be built and supported by Ashton? Agree with those who posted above as well; 3. There are developments proposed now for Nate Whipple, Mendon, and off Diamond Hill. Are we intent on becoming a true commuter town where condos are the only new developments? So much more discussion on this is necessary.

Elected officals are not going to change zoning laws.Especially when some of the elected officals benfit from all this building

"According to experts’ statements in a 2007 Valley Breeze story, the new condo complex of 107 units, with 93 percent occupancy, would have generated 32 cars exiting the complex between 7 and 8 a.m. on a weekday and six vehicles entering it.

In the evening, from 5 to 6 p.m., 34 cars would drive back home and 14 would exit, according to estimates at that time. On Saturdays, 11 a.m. to noon, 15 would enter and 18 would exit."

REALLY? A 2007 TRAFFIC STUDY. AT LEAST REQUIRE THE DEVELOPER TO REDO THE STUDY AND GIVE THE "EXPERT" ANOTHER CHANCE TO LIE ABOUT MENDON RD TRAFFIC.

I Google Mapped the Mendon Rd traffic today at 4pm and the area involved was solid red. Now add in morning rush hour, evening rush hour, school bus times, etc and you come up with about 15 minutes of medium to light traffic.

Is this some kind of joke? For years and years in Cumberland the fox (politicians in office) have been guarding the hen house (buildable lots, zoning regulations, code enforcement and the loop hole riddled Master Plan). It is a given that if the name McKee or Kelly is involved, you might just as well not even bother to hold a public hearing, try to enforce current building regulations or waste the time and expense of the Town Solicitor. Cumberland residents we deserve what we have; complacency will come back to haunt you every time. My prediction is that the Town will make a deal and allow 106 condo's, roughly 212 adults (of which only 32 will leave the complex according to the "traffic study") and 60 children. The kicker will be that the builder will agree to install one of the rediculous "Bill Murray, Mayor" signs at the entrance, no charge!

because Smithfield got approved for 200 units along side Colonial Toyota, the Cullen property on River Road will get approval by the state for 175 units. Now Cumberland wants to add an additional 107 units. All of these are within 1 1/2 miles from each other. GOOD LUCK WITH THIS PEOPLE. Be prepared to sit in traffic for a long, long, long, very long time. This area can't handle what's here now. Adding all of these units that close together is going to create a living traffic hell here.

Please vote against this.

Traffic is bad in a lot of places. The units are good for boosting tax revenue, and supporting business.

All of this development has brought us nothing but higher taxes and a diminishing quality of life. They may boost tax revenue, but this will be erased with higher taxes for more services. And, we will still have to deal with traffic which right now is a nightmare in this town.
I agree with above commenters, vote it down.

This is a done deal so don't get all in a tizzy . Not that I like the plan but it has already been approved and in court they will get what they want . The part that gets me is the EXPERTS count on cars. You mean to tell me they are so good or have magical powers to know the time people come and go? Please don not insult our intelligence. Go luck I am a short timer for condo land. Got to be greener pastures .