Salem neighbors say senior housing project is too big
Developers of the proposed Stone Bridge Estates Active Adult Community recently appeared before the Planning Board for a public hearing.
The total area of the property owned by Tim Oriole is more than 25 acres. The area is rurally zoned, which would call for two-acre home lots.
Project engineer Karl Dubay of the Dubay Group said the goal of the developer is to have a high quality, active adult community that would be an asset for the town of Salem.
The project still needs further engineering reviews before it comes back to the Planning Board for final approvals. Dubay said he and the developer would take the input of the board and the public before coming back for a second public hearing.
Town Planning Director Ross Moldoff said there are some engineering and wetlands issues that will need to be addressed before the project is ready for final approval.
Traffic does not appear to be one of the immediate concerns with the project.
After an initial analysis, town traffic consultant Steve Pernaw said he did not believe the project would change the character of Pond Street. He said the development would generate about 170 total additional trips on Pond Street per day.
“There is still a lot of beautiful land out there,” he said. “Now there are going to be 50 houses in back of my house. Can we knock it down to 30 or 20? Does it have to be 50?”
Planning Board member Linda Harvey said the town does have to consider the development as proposed because it does meet the guidelines of the town’s senior overlay zoning district.
The Planning Board did agree to hold a second public hearing on the project at a time and date to be determined. Dubay said he hoped to have many of the engineering and review issues taken care of by the time the project comes before the board again.
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