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DB5 Development Group purchased the property known as Tarrant Lane in 2017, from the U.S. Coast Guard. The property contains an existing residential development previously owned and operated by the United States government consisting of twelve single-family homes. On October 10, 2018, DB5 Development Group, LLC, under the management of Anthony P. Bonacorso, filed an application to construct a 190-unit, 3-building rental apartment development on the property.

The applicant originally proposed that 48 of the 190 units be dedicated as affordable units. This would bring the Town of Wakefield, which currently faces a deficit, substantially closer to the 10 percent standard under Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 40B. After an initial presentation from DB5 Development on March 12, 2018, the Wakefield Town Council submitted a letter in support of the development.

The Wakefield Zoning Board of Appeals held a public hearing on November 14, 2018 to discuss the project. Notices announcing the hearing were mailed to abutters on October 30, 2018, and advertisements were placed in the Wakefield Daily Item on October 31 and November 7.

Following are summaries of hearings on the project:

April 10, 2019: Traffic and Safety

At the April 10, 2019 continued hearing on the Tarrant Lane apartment development, the developer’s traffic consultant, Giles Ham, P.E. of Vanasse & Associates, gave a presentation on traffic and safety, and offered recommendations for local roadway improvements, such as installing stop signs at the Hopkins Street/South Street intersection and working with MassDOT to optimize traffic signal timing at the intersection of South Street and Main Street (Route 28). On the basis of the traffic study that he conducted on 5 intersections on Hopkins Street and Main Street (Route 28), Mr. Ham concluded that the project, as proposed, would be safe and would not create significant increases in traffic volume or delays over existing conditions.

Also in attendance at the hearing were Wakefield Police Department Lieutenant Steven Skory, who is the Chair of the Wakefield Traffic Advisory Committee (TAC), and Matt Kealey, P.E., PTOE of VHB, who conducted a peer review of Mr. Ham’s traffic study on behalf of the TAC. Lieutenant Skory and Mr. Kealey made several recommendations for the project in a letter dated January 2, 2019, all of which have been incorporated into the project. At the hearing, they offered several additional suggestions, such as installing new sidewalks on Hopkins Street south of the I-95/Route 128 bridge to improve pedestrian access.

After discussion, questions, and comments by the Board and a period of public comments and questions, the Board voted to continue the hearing to May 8, 2019 at 7 p.m. at Wakefield Town Hall, 1st Floor Conference Room, 1 Lafayette Street, Wakefield, MA. The topics to be addressed at this hearing will be civil engineering and stormwater management.

March 13, 2019 architectural and site plan revisions

At the March 13, 2019 continued hearing, the developer presented revised architectural drawings (building elevations, building floorplans, and unit layouts), revised building renderings, and a revised conceptual site plan showing a reconfiguration and reduction in height of the proposed buildings. Based on this project redesign, the number of apartments has been reduced from 190 to 175. Following discussion, comments, and questions from the Board and the public, the hearing was continued.

March 27, 2019 architectural and site plan revisions

At the March 27, 2019 continued hearing on the Tarrant Lane development, the developer’s attorney, Jesse D. Schomer, provided an overview of recent project changes and introduced project architect, Robert Schaefer, who presented revised architectural drawings and renderings, and a revised conceptual site plan. These plans showed further architectural revisions of the plans presented on March 13, 2019, including a further reduction in height of the Hopkins Street side of the proposed Building 1 and a further reduction in the number of apartments to 173 – a reduction of 9% based on the 190-unit plan originally proposed.

Following discussion, comments, and questions from the Board, Attorney Schomer introduced project landscape architect, Elliott Brundage, who gave a presentation regarding the proposed landscaping for the project, including a landscaping plan and photographs of tree species proposed to be planted.

After the presentation of the proposed landscaping and the Board’s discussion, comments, and questions, the Board opened the hearing to public comments about architecture and landscaping. After taking public comments, the Board voted to continue the hearing to April 10, 2019 at 7 p.m. at Wakefield Town Hall, 1st Floor Conference Room, 1 Lafayette Street, Wakefield, MA. The topic to be addressed at the April 10, 2019 hearing will be traffic/safety.