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Landham Crossing Construction Under Way on Boston Post Road

Housing project will consist of 8 'affordable' units.

Landham Crossing Construction Under Way on Boston Post Road

If you've been traveling along Boston Post Road the last couple of weeks you've likely noticed traffic has been heavier with the construction of a new 40B project.

The project is the proposed Landham Crossing condo development on an eight-acre site which is often referred to as the Esser property.

The development at 192 Boston Post Road would consist of 32 two-bedroom units, eight of which would be deemed “affordable” and reserved for residents who meet income criteria, and 24 that would be rented or sold at market rate.

The property had one dilapidated single-family home and several outbuildings in poor condition, according to Attorney Josh Fox, who said those properties have limited value and would be razed to make way for the development. The impact of traffic on Route 20 will be relatively negligible, according to Fox.

The project will be served by public water and private septic and a private well for landscape irrigation.

The Board of Appeals approved the project in Februrary.

40B refers to a state law passed in 1969 which allows developers more flexibility in bypassing local zoning regulations if they reserve 25 percent of the units for low and moderate income families at rates they can afford. In November, Massachusetts voters rejected Question 2, which sought to repeal the 41-year-old law, by a margin of 59 percent to 41 percent. Supporters of the 40B law frequently refer to it as the “anti-snob” zoning law.

The developer is Trask, Inc., in Southborough.

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