METRO WEST DAILY NEWS – Economic Development Corporation officials will share initial results of a housing study and solicit feedback from community members during a meeting Tuesday night.
The City Council in March signed off on a six-month moratorium on special permits for housing projects. Mayor Arthur Vigeant proposed the temporary ban to allow city officials to create a housing plan that will catalog the existing stock, gauge demand and determine how more housing will effect city services, such as public safety, education and the water and sewer departments.
Some councilors voiced concerns about how more housing would affect public safety – particularly in the west side of Marlborough.
Tuesday’s meeting – which will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the senior center – will feature a presentation on the initial results of the study, which is being conducted by RKG Associates, and a public comment period.
“It is important for the city to involve the local community in future planning of residential developments,” MEDC executive director Meredith Harris said in a press release. “Marlborough’s economy has grown tremendously over the past few years and we want to continue fueling that growth in a responsible and educated way that will support our residents and businesses. We look forward to hearing the public’s feedback on this important issue.”
Housing developers have expressed interest in building in the city for several months as they have discussed a handful of projects with city officials. They all may not end up as formal proposals, however, the mayor said.
City officials have approved more than 950 homes of various kinds since 2010, including the Ice House Landing condos, Talia apartments, Avalon apartments, St. Mary’s condos and two Main Street housing projects.
For more information on the issue or to register to attend the meeting visit the Marlborough Economic Development Corporation’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MarlboroughEDC.
This article by Jeff Malachowski originally appeared here.