Senior housing plan behind Skate Park seems to be on a roll
Efforts underway to move footprint of 22 units away from abutters
Like a new suit, it’s getting a nip here, a tuck there and the cuffs adjusted.
Otherwise, the proposal for a 22-unit, all-rental Retirement Community Development behind Rye’s Skate Park and adjacent to the old airfield seems to be getting approving nods.
Unlike the ten times larger Webster CCRC plan, the RCD has faced no opposition and only some disagreement over details after two public presentations in the last several weeks: one to Random Road neighbors and one before the Planning Board.
Most of the dissent on certain specifics has come from Random Road abutters who would prefer that the single and double-occupancy dwellings (mostly single) be plotted elsewhere on the 10-plus-acre lot, rather than be clustered directly opposite their backyards.
“You’re building 75 feet from my garden,” said the closest abutter, Bruce Peacock, at an April 10 Planning Board session attended by a dozen residents, several of whom live on Random Road. “I can’t see why you can’t move it back.”
Marty Chapman of The Housing Partnership, which proposes to build, operate and manage the RCD, repeated that the conceptual location of the housing was dictated by wetlands on the airfield side of the property and a previously-sited septic field, but he agreed to take another look at the possibilities. Two weeks later THP decided to reduce the size of single-person units, and Chapman said there was a possibility “we could move the footprint further north.”
New borings also are being taken to determine whether the septic system could be relocated.
He said that in the original plan the window-to-window distance between the farmhouse-like units and existing homes was “a minimum of 220 feet”. He also said there were plans for a buffer. That prompted discussion about the quality of the buffer that would be planted.
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