By Laura Griffin, Times Staff
Milton, MA. – At the Selectmen’s meeting Tuesday, Planning Director Bill Clark outlined a proposal for a 57-unit affordable housing complex at the site of the former Hendries ice cream plant on Central Avenue and Eliot Streets.
The plan filed by 131 Eliot Street LLC under the state’s Chapter 40B would bypass local zoning as the town does not meet the state’s quota for affordable housing.
Selectmen will hold a public hearing on both the Hendries’ plan and a Chapter 40B proposal for 72 units on Randolph Avenue on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Council on Aging meeting room.
Selectmen directed Clark to request a 60 day extension of the comment period from the Massachusetts Housing Partnership. During the period, town officials and residents may provide the agency with information on the viability of the proposal, such as traffic or environmental concerns.
Clark said that the developers would reserve 15 units of the 57 units as affordable housing. The structure would include 49 two-bedroom units and 8 three-bedroom units with 63 parking spaces under the building and three spaces located at the corner of Central Avenue and Eliot Street.
The property is owned by Carrick Realty headed by Jeremiah Connelly and Steve Connelly as manager. The former ice cream plant is attached to a town-owned building at 0 Central Ave.
After the meeting, Clark said the town parcel and building are not part of the Chapter 40B proposal and would remain standing. Selectmen rejected set-aside funds for the town building’s demolition at their Feb. 25 meeting.
Earlier in the meeting, Police Chief Richard Wells expressed concerns regarding the parking and traffic expected from the development and Clark said there are environmental issues as the property abuts Neponset River and near the Pine Tree Brook.