May 26, 2016
By Colin Ellis
FALMOUTH — In their final meeting before the June 14 elections, Town Councilors Monday night unanimously approved amending the code of ordinances to support Avesta Housing’s expansion on Squidere Lane.
The council also unanimously gave initial support through a resolution to the 2016 bicycle and pedestrian plan.
Avesta has come before the council multiple times over the past several months about renovations and an expansion project proposed at 21 Squidere Lane, which is off Depot Road. The amendment will create an overlay district to facilitate the project, which calls for significant renovations to 20 apartments at the development and creating 19 more. The units are aimed at low-income elderly residents whose income is below 60 percent of the area median income.
The new building will be two stories tall, with 17 one-bedroom units and two, two-bedroom units. Avesta is proposing 39 total parking spaces.
By accepting the amendment, councilors also accepted a conceptual master plan for the development. Amanda Stearns, the town’s community development director, said by applying for the overlay district, the applicants had to submit a conceptual master plan to the council.
“It’s to give you a sense of what the project might look like in general terms,” Stearns said. She added that details would be worked out by the Planning Board when Avesta goes before planners.
Council Vice Chairman Russell Anderson felt the project would be good for Falmouth, and said there will be ample time at the Planning Board level for the Avesta residents to discuss their concerns – namely parking – that were raised at the May 10 council meeting.
“The biggest benefit to the residents is that this project includes renovations to the existing units,” Anderson said, adding the renovations were “sorely needed” in everyone’s point of view.