Developer plans to increase number of Gulf Street apartments

There are plans to expand a 15-unit apartment complex nearing completion at 14 Gulf Street by constructing seven additional units on the adjacent property at 26 Gulf Street.

The apartment complex is located on Gulf Street between St. Mary Church and the intersection of Gulf Street and Cherry Street.

Speaking by phone on Aug. 17, Attorney Thomas Lynch said plans are likely to come before the Planning and Zoning Board (P&Z) in the fall. Lynch said Two-Ninety Six LLC purchased the 26 Gulf Street property in July 2016. The 0.3-acre lot has a 2,100 square foot house constructed in 1908.

Lynch said Angelo Lisi and Gregory Field are the principals in the LLC, which also owns the property at 14 Gulf Street. The P&Z approved the original project at its April 21, 2015 meeting. The project was filed under the state’s affordable housing regulations, 8-30g, which overrides local zoning regulations.

The board imposed the following conditions on the original application: Increase the number of affordable units from five to six and prohibit two bedroom units. The board also told the applicant to create a passive recreation area in the open space at the rear, and improve the landscaping plan by adding two street trees on Gulf Street, and install additional shrubs alongside the building.

The property has five buildings, each with three one-bedroom apartments. At the April 7, 2015 public hearing, six residential neighbors spoke against the proposal, mostly voicing concerns about traffic. The proposal received support from two Milford business people.