The developers of the proposed affordable-housing complex at Sowams Nursery in Barrington have cancelled the special pre-application meeting with the Planning Board and Technical Review Committee that was scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 27.
Barrington Town Planner Phil Hervey said the East Bay Community Development Corporation asked that the meeting on Palmer Pointe Neighborhood be rescheduled after it meets with the neighbors first before going in front of the town boards.
The Sept. 24 letter to Hervey from attorney Stephanie Federico of Anthony DeSisto Law Associates reads, in part:
“It is the intention of the applicant to hold a public informational meeting first in order to obtain input from the community on the project. Once this has been completed, we will resubmit our application before the Planning Board.”
Hervey said: “While there will be multiple opportunities in the future for the public to appear before the Planning Board to comment on the Palmer Pointe Neighborhood, meeting with neighbors is a preferred first step in that it often results in a better project before it reaches town boards.”
So far, the 50-unit project spread over 9.15 acres off of Sowams Road has met mostly with rejection from the neighbors. Indeed, a petition opposing the development has been circulating in the Hampden Meadows neighborhood.
The petition states that the neighbors believe Sowams Nursery is not an appropriate location for prospective multi-unit construction, it is not consistent with the Comprehensive Town Plan, and more discussion about community concerns needs to take place.
EBCDC is the same organization that operates the Sweetbriar affordable-housing development off of Washington Road in Barrington. That project ended up in the state Supreme Court before it was built.