Framingham – A 6-story, 175-unit apartment complex has been proposed for the former Chicken Bone Restaurant in downtown Framingham.
The proposed multipurpose redevelopment project targets 358-380 Waverley Street and 16 South Street and was submitted by Boston developer Boghos Properties.
This is the first major proposal since the Framingham City Apartment Moratorium ended in 2021 (see below for details).
The mixed-use project consists of 176 well-equipped residential units with approximately 3,100 square feet of retail stores and garage parking in a six-story structure.
The developer requests a five-member Framingham Planning Committee for a review of major site plans, a special permit for central projects, a special permit for land disturbance and stormwater management, and a special permit for dimensional relief of off-street parking. doing.
The redevelopment project has 216 parking spaces on 1.53 acres of land.
The main access to the project is on the outskirts of South Street near the back of the building.
This project is located on the corner of South Street and Waverly Street. The proposed redevelopment project is a combination of three lots.
The building is mostly square with a courtyard above the second podium deck. All parking lots are within the structure of the building and the developers have written in the proposals submitted.
When the city turns the project into a green light, construction will begin in early 2023 and will last for about 24 months.
According to the developers, the project is estimated to be “harsh” about 8-10 months after field work begins.
Developers and hired general contractors want to work with the city to make a gradual occupancy in the project and start leasing efforts 14-16 months after the construction life cycle, applying to the city Says.
Of the 176 units, 18 are considered “affordable,” or about 10%.
Of the 176 units, there are 96 one-bedroom units and 80 two-bedroom units.
The unit’s proposed rent was not part of the application.
The proposed redevelopment project is “Public Transport Oriented Development”.
The front door of the project is about a mile from the loading platform of the Framingham Commuter Rail Station. The project will integrate its entrances and exits with the city’s existing pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure systems, enabling secure pedestrian access from buildings to commuter trains and downtown Flamingam.
The project has 54 internal bicycle parking spaces and 8 external bicycle parking spaces.
The city’s designated bike lane will be formed at the front door of Waverly Street’s proposed project, enabling a more bike-friendly environment.
The project also provides several outdoor seating areas for community housing and the general public.
This project is the first major project submitted since the Framingham City Apartment Moratorium ended in the fall of 2021.
Residents spoke to city leaders in 2017 and there were too many apartments in Framingham in 2019. And many candidates for the mayor and city council at the time said they supported the moratorium of short apartments for voters.
“Framingham recently licensed or built more than 1,000 new apartments, but has not investigated the impact of these municipal services, schools and road units and has no plans to mitigate them.” I wrote the petitioner to the city council.
At the same time, in March 2020, District 1 City Council member Christine Long submitted an order to the 11 city councils, a longtime planning committee chairman, for a moratorium on apartments for up to a year.
of In August 2020, the 11-member Framingham City Council voted 10-1 for the 9-month Moratorium. About the construction of a new multi-unit house in Framingham City. The only vote of the city council against the moratorium was then-chairman of the city council, George P. King Jr.
Mayor Yvonne Spicer, who opposed the Moratorium, exercised a veto.
On Tuesday, September 15, 2020, the city council overwhelmingly voted to revoke the veto. The mayor signed the moratorium on September 22, 2020.
In May 2021, the city council decided to extend the moratorium for another three months.
Since 2016, the city of Framingham has allowed more than 1,419 units, with more than 875 new units concentrated in the central business district of downtown Framingham.
Union House, Moderna, Buckley and Bancroft’s new apartments all occupy more than 90%.
These new apartments have a traffic impact on South Framingham, including Dudley Road, Mount Waite, Franklin Street, Union Avenue, Route 126 and Route 135 in downtown Framingham.
But traffic isn’t the only impact.
In 2020, Adam Freudberg, a member of the District 4 School Commission, said there were 175 students in the city’s apartments, and the expected number of students in the 1,400 permitted apartments could reach 210. Said.
The cost per student was $ 19,544, now $ 4.42 million, and the project adds $ 4.1 million to the district, with a total impact of more than $ 7.5 million.
The Framingham Public School District has more than 9,000 students.
The moratorium was to give the former Spicer administration time to study the impact of apartments on transportation, economic development, growth issues, and flamingham public schools.
However, the mayor was opposed to the moratorium from the beginning, and the investigation was not completed until the end of the administration in December 2021.
The coronavirus pandemic was itself a moratorium of development.
However, as Massachusetts is out of the pandemic, housing stock is limited and housing prices, including rent, have risen significantly.
The city of Framingham has some of the highest rents in the state. Framingham rents are among the top 15 in the federal community.