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Posted on: April 6, 2018

Selectmen Invite Comments on Whiting Street Housing Development

Selectmen Review

  • Habitat, in partnership with the Trust, asked the Selectmen to sponsor a Local Initiative Program (LIP) Application to the Department of Housing and Community Development. The plan included with the application proposes to remove the existing single family dwelling from the property and construct three (3) new single-family dwellings. The Application indicates that 2 of the 3 homes would be marketed with a local preference. All units would be offered to first-time homebuyers.
  • The Selectmen considered the request at a meeting on April 3, 2018. Much of the discussion concerned the proposed density on the site.
  • In response, Habitat submitted a revised plan that decreases the number of homes from 3 to 2. Habitat also modified the proposed building style from a Cape to a ranch in order to lower the profile of the development.
  • The Selectmen invite neighbors and other interest parties to comment on the plan in advance of the next public review to be held on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. Please submit comments by Tuesday,  April 17th to the Selectmen’s Office or by email to sinclairs@hingham-ma.gov.

Original 3-unit plan

Revised 2-unit plan

Background

  • This parcel, located at 302-304 Whiting Street, was offered to the Town as part of the Derby Brook Comprehensive Permit (40B) development. The ZBA Decision originally contemplated a restriction on the use of the parcel for public safety purposes. However, a review determined that the property had no practical utility as a public safety facility. Ultimately, the Hingham Affordable Housing Trust (the Trust)acquired the property in October 2014.
  • The Property is currently improved by a single-family dwelling.  Prior to completion of the adjoining Derby Brook development, the Property supported two single-family dwellings.
  • In 2017, the Trust issued a Request for Proposals to dispose of the property for the purpose of developing up to three deed restricted affordable homes. South Shore Habitat for Humanity (Habitat) submitted a successful response.

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