In June of 2006, KSS received a Site Approval Letter from Mass Housing for a 44 unit 40B residential development. It is our intention
to file the necessary plans and materials with the Marblehead ZBA during the month of September for a Comprehensive Permit. At that point,
the local public review process will begin.
In addition, our MEPA application relative to the residential development was submitted and a public hearing was held at the end of
February. Both the residential development and the clean-up applications were scoped and we are in the process of responding to the scope
with our draft EIR. Informal meetings with Chapter 91 regulators indicate that our proposed development will require a Chapter 91 license
and, that we can absolutely satisfy the Chapter 91 requirements in order to receive a Chapter 91 license at the appropriate time.
Since December when KSS hosted 3 neighborhood meetings where it shared with the public its current *site plan, we have been working with
the City to define a set of 'conditions' which would further legally bind KSS to abide by commitments made to both the administration and the
public. In addition and during this time, a modified zoning plan was submitted to the Board of Aldermen. Public hearings on this zoning submission
will commence in September or October. Approval of the zoning program (if achieved), merely allows the developer to appear before the Planning
Board with a proposed master site plan to begin a public process to define what the site would look like (# of units, amount of green space, etc.).
In addition and during this time Mass Highway, after lengthy review and multiple engineering and public safety meetings, granted approval for a
curb cut paving the way for a driveway to be built from the site to Lowell Street, as recommended in the neighborhood's Design Guidelines. This
new access point will provide additional access to the site by distributing the traffic in a manner that is consistent with roadway capacities allowing
for improved vehicular circulation in the neighborhood. As the Lowell Street bridge is now open, a traffic study will be conducted in September to
definitively determine the impacts of this proposed 199 unit development on Lowell Street - with mitigation to be provided in the event traffic
*The site plan, as offered in December, has not undergone any significant changes. Given the lengthy, multi-step review process before us with the
Joint Committee and multiple steps with the Planning Board, it would be premature for KSS to further expend significant dollars to modify architectural
plans at this time. As noted before, the density has been reduced by 23% to a count of 199 units (including 25 affordable) - this is in line with the number
of units the city's expert suggested was necessary for this site to be developed. In addition, public open space was increased dramatically. The new plan
calls for a large central park which will be open to the public. The plan was based upon the Design Guidelines put forth by the community through its
work shop process.
Lastly, KSS has signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Mass Historic Commission and is actively engaged in negotiations with the Somerville
Historic Commission relative to the site. Until such time as an agreement is reached with the Somerville Historic Commission, KSS is under 'demo delay'
and cannot demolish the building.
Conceptual site plan approval for 31 units was granted by the Panning Board in December. An application for Definitive Site Plan approval was filed in
July with the Planning Board. The public review process will tentatively commence in August with a pubic hearing before the Planning Board.