Falmouth planners OK 14 cottages at OceanView

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FALMOUTH — OceanView has received Planning Board approval to expand again.

The board Tuesday gave the final OK to a 14-unit addition to the Schoolhouse Cottages development within the wider OceanView property.

The new homes will be constructed on a nearly 3-acre site between 170 and 174 Middle Road. The goal, according to Chris Wasileski, project development manager at the senior living community, is to complement the 34 cottages already in place.

This will be the fourth phase of the Schoolhouse Cottages development and, like the other units, the 14 new cottages will all be two-bedroom, two-bath with optional lofts. They will include a mix of single-family and two-unit structures, and some will include daylight basements.

The Planning Board approved the expansion in a 4-0 vote. Chairman Jay Chace said OceanView did “a good job” in addressing the board’s prior concerns.

This was the third meeting on the proposal, after a sketch plan review held in February and preliminary approval granted in June. Chace said he was particularly “pleased to see the addition of landscaping” and a plan to save many of the trees on the property.

Wasileski called the project “a nice addition to our community,” and said OceanView also plans to build a new sidewalk along Middle Road that would eventually connect to Blueberry Lane.

The new subdivision will also be “fully connected to our property,” he said, through two new interior streets. There will also be access to and from the new cottages off Middle Road.

Rich Licht of Licht Environmental Design, a consultant on the project, told the Planning Board that following prior discussions there would be “no encroachment” into the conservation easement at the adjacent Whipple Farm development, also owned and operated by OceanView.

Another key focus, Licht said, would be to ensure adequate buffering from Middle Road, which would be accomplished by planting new vegetation and additional trees.

“The view from Middle Road will be very attractive,” he said, adding the buffering would also allow residents of the new cottages “private outdoor spaces. A lot of thought has gone into the integration (of this project) with Middle Road.”

The OceanView website says the new cottages should be ready for occupancy sometime in 2017 or early 2018. Meanwhile work continues on the renovation of the former Plummer-Motz School into additional senior housing units.

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

OceanView, a senior living community in Falmouth, plans to construct 14 more cottages like this one on a nearly 3-acre site off Middle Road.

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