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Previously Rejected Wayland Housing Complex Being Revived

The River's Edge proposal was previously rejected in 2013.

The site where River's Edge would be located.
The site where River's Edge would be located.

A previously rejected housing complex for Route 20 in Wayland is getting new life.

Wayland's Economic Development Committee is reviving the previous River's Edge apartment complex proposal and hopes two put two related articles on the Annual Town meeting warrant for April, according to EDC Chairman Rebecca Stanizzi.

If approved, the complex would include 150-190 studio, 1 and two bedroom units, Stanizzi said.

The complex would be located on a town-owned site on Route 20 just over the river near the Sudbury line, Stanizzi said. Currently, dirt piles and an old septic facility sit on the site, she said.

"It's not over the top … it's comfortable," Stanizzi said of the proposal. "We're not changing a lot from last year."

Wayland Town meeting voters narrowly rejected a similar proposal in 2013 after concerns that if the public works building were rejected at the same meeting, that  the DPW building might have to go on the Route 20 site on which River's Edge was slated, Stanizzi said.

With the DPW building now approved for River Road, Stanizzi said the town has revived the previous River's Edge proposal, with small changes. Instead of 216 units as previously proposed, Stanizzi said the town is aiming to have 150-190. The final number will depend on how many units will have age restrictions, Stanizzi said. 

To move into an age-restricted unit, at least one household member would have to be at least 55 years old, Stanizzi said. 

While the town has not yet selected a developer, Stanizzi said the Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly company has expressed interest in developing the site.

First, however, town meeting voters would have to approve two separate proposals. First, voters would have to approve selling the land to a developer. Second, voters would have to approve rezoning the site for residential purposes, Stanizzi said. Currently, the site is zoned for municipal uses. 

As for wireless cell phone tower coverage, the proposal would shrink the area in which a cell tower could be placed, Stanizzi said. Currently, town regulations prohibit cell phone towers from being placed on the site, but they can still be placed within an existing wireless district in which the site sits, Stanizzi said. 

The proposal is slated to be discussed at the Monday, Jan. 13 Board of Selectmen's meeting. 

Michael Lowery January 13, 2014 at 08:55 AM
In addition to the votes at town meeting described in the article, the Board of Public Works would have to vote declare the land in its custody "surplus" before any transfer of the land could take place.
Cynthia Hill January 13, 2014 at 11:28 AM
No matter how much lipstick you put on this location, it's far from residential. No matter what's done on the Wayland side, one still gets to view Sudbury's solar panels and the cell tower. Strictly my opinion, Wayland needs to stop building anything but the DPW garage, and clean up the messes that prevail with past "projects". Rivers Edge isn't critical to the town, at this time.
David Hill January 13, 2014 at 11:43 AM
I do not believe the BoPW should even consider relinquishing care, custody and control of this site until such time as: the access road issues have been resolved as he BoPW may require an alternative transfer facility site; an alternative site has been identified for materials storage and; all alternative uses have been vetted. This site is to valuable to BoPW to not proceed cautiously.

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