FRAMINGHAM – Baystone Development wants to construct 240 apartments, including some 3-bedrooms townhouses, along with a restaurant at the empty Mt Wayte Plaza in Framingham.
Developer Roy MacDowell Jr discussed his plans with the Framingham Planning Board last night. He met with about 50 neighbors before the Planning Board, and said they seemed receptive to his idea.
The plaza at the corner of Mt Wayte and Franklin Street is owned by Sam Adams in California. His proposed “upscale” $6 million development never happened, and MacDowell Jr. said he has a purchase and sales agreement to buy 6.7 acre site. The permit by the Planning Board for Adams to develop the site expired in August 2016.
MacDowell told the Planning Board he is on a deadline, after placing a $250,000 deposit on the property. He wants to file a plan with the Town of Framingham in early July with the hopes of going before the Framingham Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) in early August.
If the ZBA is not receptive to a zoning change from commercial to residential, he will scrap his plans to purchase, he told the Planning Board.
The restaurant, yet, to be named was requested by the neighborhood, and MacDowell said he is willing to add it to his plans.
It would be located next to the current Dunkin Donuts on the site, said MacDowell.
The apartments, all rental units, would range from studio apartments at 600 square feet to two-floor 3-bedroom townhouses with 1,650 square feet of living space. Price range would be from $1,650 to $3,900, said MacDowell to the Planning Board.
The highest of the proposed building is 4 stories tall.
Some residents would have garages and others would be able to park their vehicles underneath the buildings.
Source will update this report with more details on Friday.
Conceptual drawings presented to the Planning Board