Last month, we told you that Warmington Homes asked the Planning Board if it would consider allowing the developer to pull some of the “affordable” homes it is required to build into its Grand Marina housing project in exchange for a low-income development on the old Island High site. Well, Warmington’s architect met with neighbors of the proposed project last week, and it appears some are not too happy about the plans.
Apparently, Warmington wants to build a 36-unit apartment complex on the site for low and very low income residents – more than twice the maximum number of units proposed to the Planning Board in June. Some neighbors say that’s too much for the site, according to one who contacted us over the weekend.
Neighbors who question the scale and intent of the project have started a petition opposing it as proposed, and some of them plan to be at the Planning Board’s meeting tonight to voice their concerns. (Warmington’s office was closed Sunday night.) The meeting is at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue. Ironically, the board will be talking about their housing plan for the next couple of years. The agenda is here.