Meshacket Commons is an affordable housing project of 36 rental and four home ownership units in Edgartown proposed by Affirmative Investments and Island Housing Trust.
Most of the discussion came from the commissioners, although Edgartown resident Dean Rosenthal said any problems with the bikes were seasonal. He said pedestrians in that area were largely “non-existent.”
Commissioner Jeff Annoli said that knowing the area’s traffic is already a problem, the new neighborhood will only add to it. “It’s a problem,” he said. “There’s going to be an increase in traffic, regardless, because there are more people living out there and there are more developments along this stretch.”
Agnoli asked if developers were working with the city to create bike lanes. “I just wonder if the applicant is willing to work — we add these residents and bus lines — is there work toward a bike lane solution, and pedestrian safety considerations,” Agnoli said.
Craig Nicholson, a representative for Affirmative Investments, whose company works with the Island Housing Trust, said they would work perfectly with the city and this should be brought up during the separation 40B process with city administrations. “We are happy to be part of the solution,” he said.
It’s really the city that needs to step up and spend money when it comes to bike lanes or shared use paths, Siderholm said. He said, “You can’t do that.” “The city has to do that.”
Commissioner Michael Kim objected to the number of parking spaces. “Is there any indication that small unit owners and residents have this many cars?” He said. “I will say I hate it when we have more parking than will ever be used. It is way above the requirements of the city.”
After learning there were 70 parking spaces, Kim repeated his objection. “70 parking lots [spaces] For 40 affordable housing units, really? He continued, “Do you have evidence based on similar developments that there is a lot of car ownership on this island for these residents, then I’ll shut up,” Kim said.
They need because with experience at Scott’s Grove, two-bedroom apartments often have two vehicles, and Meshacket has some three-bedroom apartments, said Derrill Bazzy, IHT’s director of design development. He said they draw one and a half cars per unit. “Unfortunately, The Vineyard is a very car-dependent situation and this is a location a bit far from the cities,” he said.
Ariel Faria, Edgartown’s affordable housing manager who lives in Scott Grove, said parking spaces are always full when people are home. “I don’t think the number of parking lots on the project is excessive at all,” she said.
In response to a question about WiFi from Doug Cederholm, Nicholson said it would be made available at the community center so that children in the neighborhood could access the internet without going to the library. He said the apartments would be cabled.
Philip Gordy, CEO of IHT, noted that the island’s housing crisis has gained national attention with a story in the Washington Post about hospital workers who cannot find housing on the island.
In other work, the commission agreed to reopen the public registry on Red Arrow Road Community Housing after developer John Abrahms of South Mountain wrote a letter saying the sewage systems needed to remove nitrogen were too costly for the project. Abrams’ letter also questions some of the other conditions imposed on the project. south of the mountain Suggest to buy 3.17 acres Of the 29-acre Red Arrow Road in West Tisbury, the 29-acre includes the construction of six buildings – four of which will be townhouses, for a total of 11 bedrooms.
The committee agreed to open the registry for a week and will discuss at its meeting next Thursday Abrahams’ requests to give the public time to comment if they so choose.
Meanwhile, there are some people who are new to new jobs in MVC. CEO Adam Turner said a new DRI (Development of Regional Impact) Coordinator has been appointed. Mike Senator, attorney, comes to MVC from Baltimore, Maryland. “We are fortunate to have him,” he said.
Turner said Alex Elvin, who has been acting in that capacity, is moving into a new role as principal investigator and communications specialist. “Alex really broke his ass as a DRI coordinator,” Turner said.
Kate Warner will join MVC who will be the MVC Energy Planner with a Vision Fellowship. She joins Liz Dorky, the committee’s climate action planner. Turner also announced some departures. Turner said Kristen Flynn left after 23 years as Kristina Mankowski, a housing planner and historic preservation coordinator, moved out of the state and likely won’t be replaced.
“It’s an exciting time as we start to move in different directions,” he said.