Several updates on the proposed 40B projects at Hancock Village:
1. Project #1, Development along the greenspace buffer between Russett/Beverly and Hancock Village.
Summary: 161 units, 333 BR (57 1BR, 59 2BR, 22 3BR, 23 4BR). 292 parking. 20% affordable.
This project has received a comprehensive permit from Brookline’s ZBA but Brookline and several abutters filed a lawsuit on the 40B project eligibility process and the ZBA hearing process. Mass Development and Chestnut Hill Realty’s (CHR’s) attempt to have our case dismissed failed, and we have succeeded in establishing the right to have the merits of our case tried in court. In the next few weeks the judge will be setting the timing for trial in Land Court in the summer or fall. The abutters have retained a lawyer with expertise in 40B law (Jay Talerman) and his participation in this process has been instrumental in getting us to where we are – having established the right to have our case decided in a trial on the merits.
IT IS VITAL THAT WE CONTINUE TO RECEIVE FINANCIAL SUPPORT FROM THE NEIGHBORHOOD SO THAT WE CAN HAVE THE BEST POSSIBLE OUTCOME FROM THE LAWSUIT.
Please donate! Information for donation below.
2. Project #2, Development along Sherman road.
Chestnut Hill Realty has applied for a second 40B development. Not surprisingly, Mass Development recently granted a Project Eligibility Letter, setting the 40B process in motion for a second time. On 4/11, CHR submitted their application for a Comprehensive Permit to Brookline. That means that a ZBA hearing will begin considerations for the comprehensive permit in early May. CHR and Mass Development continue to show no regard for the negative impacts that overdevelopment of this property will have on our neighborhood and on Brookline.
The comprehensive permit application can be found here: http://www.brooklinema.gov/1297/Puddingstone-40B.
Summary: 226 units: 66 1BR, 102 2 BR, 15 3 BR, 10 4 BR (355 BR total). 350 parking. 20% affordable.
Total for both projects: 387 units, 688 BR including 37 3BR and 33 4BR, 642 parking. Considering that single family homes in this area are largely 3 and 4 BR, it is like 50+ new single family homes, plus many more 1 and 2 BR apartments.
These developments will have negative effects on our neighborhood. The combined impact will be huge and will impact traffic, density, pollution, and schools.
IF YOU DO WOULD LIKE TO DO SOMETHING TO OPPOSING THIS OVERDEVELOPMENT, PLEASE CONTRIBUTE TO OUR LEGAL FUND!
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3. Historic Preservation update.
Hancock Village is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, but its listing has been blocked for years by the objection of CHR and the failure of the Mass Historical Commission to complete its role in the process. An application, made jointly on behalf of Brookline and Boston, for Hancock Village to finally be listed in the National Register of Historic Places was not acted upon at the state level for this reason. In January the town of Brookline appealed to the National Park Service regarding Massachusetts’ failure to complete its role in the process. Our APPEAL was UPHELD. Accordingly, Massachusetts was directed to promptly schedule the listing for consideration by the State Review Board, and to then forward the nomination to the National Register without delay. We are waiting for the State Review Board to take up this matter.
When donating please keep in mind that lawyers cost several hundred dollars an hour and that this lawsuit will require 50-100 hours of time, or more.
One way to donate is through our website at this link.
Another way is to make checks payable to Brookline Neighbors Group c/o William Pu. Send to 249 Beverly Road, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467.
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THANKS FOR CONTINUING TO SUPPORT OUR LONG-STANDING EFFORTS.
Bill Pu for PreserveBrookline