Fifteen-unit apartment complex expanding to 22

A recently completed 15-unit apartment complex at 14 Gulf Street is expanding to 22 units, following Planning and Zoning Board (P&Z) approval at its Dec. 5 meeting. The seven new units will be constructed on the adjacent 0.3-acre property at 26 Gulf Street.

The board voted 9-1 in favor with board member Jim Quish voting in opposition. Board members had no comment on the vote.

The P&Z approved the original project for the 0.75-acre lot at 14 Gulf Street at its April 21, 2015 meeting. The 14 Gulf Street property has five buildings, each with three one-bedroom apartments.

Both projects were filed under the state’s affordable housing regulations, 8-30g, which override local zoning regulations. Although the properties are zoned SFA-10, which normally limits construction to single-family houses, under the 8-30g law, that restriction does not apply. The board can only deny 8-30g projects that pose a threat to the health, safety and welfare of the public.

The developer of the first project, Two-Ninety Six LLC, purchased the 26 Gulf Street property, which has a 2,100 square foot house constructed in 1908, on Aug. 5, 2016 for $225,000. Angelo Lisi and Gregory Field are the principals in the LLC.

Attorney Thomas Lynch said the second phase calls for seven units that would be 1,500 square feet each with 915 square feet of living space, and would have one bedroom. The townhouse style units would be similar in style to the first phase with a single-car garage and two floors of living space above it.

Lynch said of the seven units, two would be rented to people earning no more than 60% of the area’s median income with a monthly rent of $910.63, while one unit would be rented to people earning no more than 80% of the median income with a monthly rent of $1,150.40. Under the state law, these would be rented at “affordable rates” for 40 years.

The buildings would have sprinklers, following a request from Fire Marshal Gary Baker, due to the parking lot configuration, said Lynch.

The combined project would have 22 garages, 22 spaces in front of the garages, and 15 visitor spaces for a total of 59 parking spaces.