AMHERST — Preliminary plans are being drafted to potentially develop about 80 acres of vacant land into dozens of homes along Boston Post Road.
Conceptual plans have been introduced to the planning board, which include the possibility of three new neighborhoods or villages that could bring up to 65 homes into Amherst along New Boston Road and Boston Post Road.
“We really want to embrace multigenerational housing concepts,” said Erol Duymazlar of Ducal Development LLC, the developer for the project.
The goal, if the project moves forward, is to build an integrated neighborhood that would serve a wide market with single-family homes, ranches, duplexes, homes with accessory dwelling units, senior housing, rentals, handicap-accessible units and more, according to Duymazlar.
“It would be something mixed,” he recently told the planning board.
No official site plan has been submitted, and the exact number of units has not yet been determined.
Ken Clinton with Meridian Land Services said there are two lots being considered for the project — a 70-acre parcel with frontage on Boston Post Road and a 10-acre parcel along New Boston Road. The parcels are divided by a rock wall.
Combined, there are about 66 net acres of developable land, said Clinton, who added that the property is mostly wooded, is currently vacant and does contain some wetlands.
“This is the first step of many applications and approvals required through the town, as well as through the state. This will be ongoing — a fairly long-term process as we go through these steps,” said Clinton.
One village could include 19 larger units with single-family homes, duplexes or homes with accessory dwelling units along Boston Post Road, according to the conceptual plans. The second village could potentially house 14 units of single-family homes or possibly condominiums, and the third village could include 32 smaller condo units along New Boston Road, state the preliminary plans.
Clinton said the project will likely be completed in phases.
“We may come back with seven, we may come back with 58,” he told planning officials.
It has not yet been determined whether some of the units would be classified as affordable housing.
“We always strive to make the product as affordable as possible,” Duymazlar said, noting the current demand for dual markets that attract older residents and millennials.