Falmouth councilor, husband resurrect plan for duplex housing

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FALMOUTH — Four years after it was first proposed, a 26-unit duplex housing project on Gray Road in West Falmouth is back before the Planning Board.

The board was set to give an initial review of the development on Tuesday, after The Forecaster’s deadline. The project was originally proposed by Town Councilor Andrea Ferrante and her husband, Matthew, in 2014.

The proposal, called Meadow Wind Crossing, includes open space, sidewalks, walking paths and access to public utilities, including sewer and water.

Matthew Ferrante did not respond to a request for comment on the project, but in materials submitted to the Planning Board he said the units would be designed for retirees and “smaller households (of) one to two people.”

The Ferrantes, who own Turning Point Development, withdrew their original plan in the fall of 2014 and subsequently incorporated the nearly 8-acre parcel at 100 Gray Road into the Homestead Acres development proposed by David Chase.

That project, which called for a contract zone and more than 100 new units of housing, along with some commercial development, generated opposition nearly from the start. After more than a year of discussion and review, Chase withdrew it in late May.

That left the Ferrantes to fall back on their original proposal.

The land they are asking to develop consists of two parcels on the west side of Gray Road, near the intersection with Leighton Road. They include a single-family home and a multi-unit commercial building, according to the materials submitted to the Planning Board.

The project application said the Ferrantes are proposing to split their land into three separate lots, the largest of which, at about 6 acres, would be the duplex development site. The idea is to build 13 buildings with two units each.

All the units would include two-car garages and outdoor patios or decks, and all utilities would be underground. Access to the development would be along a new road that would end in a cul-de-sac.

About 25 percent of the property is expected to remain open space and there would be three separate recreational areas within the development for residents to use, giving them easy access to the outdoors, the application said.

In addition, a 14,000-square-foot parcel would be set aside as a community gathering space that could be used for raised garden beds, a landscaped sitting area or outdoor games like horseshoes or bocce.

Kate Irish Collins can be reached at 710-2336 or kcollins@theforecaster.net. Follow Kate on Twitter: @KIrishCollins.

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