The Board of Selectmen has grabbed residents’ attention with a letter about a Monday meeting (June 26, 7:05pm) at which it and the Planning Board will discuss a proposed 6-story (including underground garage), 95-unit housing complex on a small road off of Linden Street. Neighbors reached out to us to air their concerns about what such a development could mean to an already congested and sometimes dangerous traffic area, and they’re sure to show up at the meeting Monday to make those concerns public. (UPDATE 6/26/17: Boston Globe report on that meeting here)
We’d heard scuttlebutt several years ago about a developer’s plans to snap up and tear down homes on Delanson Circle to create condos or apartments, and now it appears that such a vision has made major progress. The Meeting on Monday will be to address a 40B site eligibility request, which would be a precursor to formal 40B affordable housing application.
Architectural firm Embarc Studio explains in its “project narrative” how the structure would feature a common courtyard and community room, and be built in such a way to emphasize the horizontal nature of the development and play down its height. The description also references the development being “transit-oriented,” in that it is located within walking distance of a commuter rail station, perhaps suggesting that the development would not necessarily overwhelm the area with new vehicles. 19 of the proposed units would be classified as affordable, with the rest going for market rates.
While Wellesley could badly use more affordable housing in light of the steady stream of teardowns that result in new high-end properties that are out of reach pricewise for so many, the influx of so many new housing units in one fell swoop would certainly bring its own set of issues with it.