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Council OKs Main Street condo project

Council OKs Main Street condo project

METRO WEST DAILY NEWS – A new mixed-use project will soon be coming to Main Street, as city councilors Monday signed off on a developer’s plan to construct a six-story building that will house 32 condos and a restaurant.

Developer Kevin Brett filed plans with the city in September to build a 69,000-square-foot mixed-use development at 163-175 Main St. that will feature two one-bedroom condos, 30 two-bedroom units, a roof deck, a restaurant and another business. Brett has agreed to purchase the former Marlborough Co-Operative Bank building at 175 Main St., a small parcel next to that structure that has been used as a picnic area and the building at 163 Main St.

The building at 163 Main St. will be demolished as part of the project. Brett plans to build onto the former bank building, which will be the location of the restaurant.

Brett told Urban Affairs Committee members last week that some of the condos will be sold and others will be rented out. He plans to start construction as soon as possible.

A 27-space ground-floor parking garage is also part of Brett’s plan. The garage will be restricted to residents and employees of the restaurant.

City Councilor Joseph Delano called the project “a beautiful development.”

City Councilor Peter Juaire agreed, saying the project will boost activity on Main Street.

“This is a great project for Main Street,” he said. “I think this is going to be a great asset for Main Street.”

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The project is within the new Marlborough Village zoning district, which the City Council approved in late 2014 to spur economic development and activity in the city center.

The zoning change eases requirements on parking and building dimensions for developers, who in turn have to comply with more stringent design standards. The zoning allows developers to make payments in lieu of creating parking and instead use spaces that are available in the municipal garages.

Brett said residents and employees will use a total of 39 spaces. Residents are also able to park in the municipal garage behind the Corey Building. Brett will pay the city a mitigation payment of $140,000 to satisfy the parking requirement for the remaining 12 spaces.

The Marlborough on Main project is the third to come before city officials since the zoning change was approved. Fish Restaurant Owner George Voyiatzis received approval in the summer to construct 40 new apartments above his building at the corner of South Bolton and Granger Boulevard.

Marilyn Green, owner of Re/Max Signature Properties at 28 Bolton St., submitted plans to the City Council last month to build a four-story addition to her building. The addition would house 12 new boutique-style residences with offices on the first floor. The council sent the matter to the Urban Affairs Committee, which has not discussed it yet.

This article by Jeff Malachowksi originally appeared here.