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Marlborough condo plan clears hurdle

Marlborough condo plan clears hurdle

Urban Affairs Committee members signed off on a developer’s proposal to build 11 condos on a vacant parcel on Jefferson Street. The full City Council is expected to vote on the matter next month.

METRO WEST DAILY NEWS – More housing could soon be coming near Marlborough’s downtown.

Urban Affairs Committee members Tuesday signed off on developer Stas Burdan’s special permit request to build an 11-unit condominium complex on a vacant parcel at 27 Jefferson St., overlooking Kelleher Field. Burdan needs the permit because the property is in a residential area and the complex would have more than two residences.

The full City Council is expected to vote on the special permit at its next meeting on Oct. 15.

The planned two-story building would feature six two-bedroom, two-bathroom condos on the first floor and five more on the second. Each unit will be about 1,300 square feet.

Plans call for an underground parking garage that will include 24 spaces – two more than the zoning requires. A heated driveway system will prevent snow buildup.

The condos will be marketed to young, urban professionals and will feature a common area, kitchenette and deck overlooking Kelleher Field. Units will be priced at about $400,000.

Urban Affairs Committee Chairman Joseph Delano said he was pleased the condos will be for sale and called the proposal upscale and super-trendy.

The project will increase Marlborough’s downtown housing stock and bring more people to the field and nearby rail trail, said City Councilor Michael Ossing.

“It’s a good location for housing,” said Ossing. “I think it will be a nice addition to the neighborhood.”

The special permit that committee members approved Tuesday requires owners to maintain a pathway around the building for fire and emergency personnel. Fire Chief Kevin Breen had previously voiced concerns about access to the rear of the building.

The facility will also feature full sprinkler and fire alarm systems.

The permit requires owners to notify condo buyers that Kelleher Field is an active recreational facility, used by the high school football team and youth soccer organizations.

Developers have said the field is one of the major selling points of the project.

Burdan will also make a $15,000 mitigation payment to the town’s Recreation Department for Kelleher Field maintenance projects as part of the permit.

Burdan has also transformed Corbin Plaza – also known as the Howe Shoe Factory – and the former St. Mary’s Church and rectory into condos in recent years.

This article by Jeff Malachowski originally appeared here.