June 11 2015

Landowner Proposes Up to 300 Housing Units on Corporate Drive

By: Rich Hosford

A Burlington landowner is looking to build a big apartment complex in an existing office park. 

The Davis Companies was before the Planning Board during its last meeting with petitions to amend and rezone the Corporate Drive Planned Development District at Burlington Corporate Centre on to allow the construction of an apartment complex with up to 300 units. The area in question is in the office park at 86 Cambridge Street in the area of the Mercedes-Benz dealership. 

The Davis Companies Vice President of Asset Management Chris Chandor told the board his company believes the multi-family housing units would enhance the desirability of Burlington Corporate Centre and would be good for the town due to the tax revenue it would bring in. He also said it would generate less traffic than if the company were to build additional office buildings on the site. 

Attorney Robert Buckley of Riemer & Braunstein, representing the petitioner, said the units would be great for “millennials,” people in their 20s and 30s, who want to work and live in a town like Burlington. He said they would also be ideal for seniors who are looking to sell and move out of their homes but don’t want to leave the Burlington community. 

Buckley said most of the units would be 1-and 2-bedroom apartments with some 3-bedroom units in the mix. 

Planning Board Chairman Barbara L’Heureux said that many new units in town would definitely have a big impact on the school system’s enrollment numbers and there would need to be discussion with school officials. 

L’Heureux also asked about the possibility of having 25 percent of the units be affordable housing because, she said, there is a need for it in town. 

Buckley said he and his client were open to that discussion. 

The Planning Board continued to hearing to its next meeting on June 18. 

Because this project would require a zoning change and an amendment to a Planned Development District it would need to go before Town Meeting and be approved with a two-thirds majority. According to paperwork filed with the Planning Department, the petitioner is seeking to get on the warrant for the September, 2015 Town Meeting. 

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