FRAMINGHAM – Framingham will hold a special Town Meeting tonight. On the warrant is a proposal to give two two developers $9.1 million in tax incentives.
The two developers want to construct mixed-use and multi-family apartments in downtown Framingham.
Combined it would bring more than 450 new apartments within walking distance to the commuter rail station.
Leadership in the Town of Framingham pushed for zoning changes for downtown Framingham to spur growth.
These are the first two proposals since a 2015 Town Meeting-approved zoning change, that allowed for multi-story and multi-use developments in downtown Framingham.
One development is for 270 multi-family apartments at 266 Waverly Street.
The second proposal is for 197 apartments plus retail space at 75 Concord Street.
There has been no new construction in downtown Framingham since 1980, said Framingham Selectmen Chair Cheryl Tully Stoll.
Mill Creek Residential wants to construct a $73 million 6-story apartment complex, called Modera Framingham at the site of the former Harley-Davidson dealership on Route 135.
There would be 270-units, of which 10 percent would be affordable housing. Offered would be studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments. The Planning Board approved the proposal during the summer of 2016.
Mill Creek Residential would be seeking $2.8 million in tax incentives over a 7-year period.
Wood Partners is proposing a $60 million mixed-use project at 75 Concord Street on Route 126. The proposed project would have 197 apartments plus about 2,600 square feet of retail space.
Wood Partners would be seeking $6.3 million in tax incentives over a 20-year period.
Over recent years, Framingham has not been favorable to new apartment complexes.
Residents in Saxonville fought against the Avalon apartments in Saxonville, but the proposal did eventually get approval.
Residents in Nobscot have been fighting against proposed mixed-use apartments in Nobscot, at the empty plaza on Water Street.
There was strong opposition to apartments in a proposal multi-million redevelopment deal near Shoppers World, across from the AMC theatres recently.
Pictured is the proposed moderna apartments