WOBURN - A change to a proposed to an 8-unit condominium development in West Woburn at the Lexington line will not take place after the attorney representing the developer advised the City Council the plans will revert to the original version of the special permit.
The council voted, 9-0, at its most recent regular meeting to restore the project to the format under which it was approved in 2009. In May, the council approved a modification to the original plan at 330 Lexington St.
"As you recall, the plan that was approved for a subdivision as the site plan of record in May of this year reduced the size of the lot," wrote Murtha Cullina attorney Joseph Tarby, representing Burlington developer Robert Murray, in a memo to the council.
"At the time, my client was contemplating conveying a portion of his property to an abutter in Lexington," continued Tarby. "That transaction will not be moving forward. As a result, my client wishes to revert back to the original plan."
Ward 7 Alderman Raymond Drapeau, whose district includes 330 Lexington St., said he has "no issues" with going back to the original plan.
"This gets us back to where we were before," agreed Ward 2 Alderman Richard Gately. "There's no (further) modification. He's just going back to the original plan."
Murray also bought out the so-called affordability component of the project when the modification to the special permit was approved in May. Some councilors at the time questioned the move, but only because there was no financial figure submitted with the request to forgo what was one affordable unit.
The city gives the developer the option of "buying back" the affordability component of a project. Under city ordinance, developers are required to set aside 10 percent of the units for qualified low and/or moderate-income buyers or tenants. The ratio matches the threshold that will not allow developers to submit plans under the so-called "anti-snob" zoning law, which subjects any community with less than 10 percent of its housing stock to Chapter 40B filings for a comprehensive permit that bypasses most local zoning controls.
There is reportedly around $2 million in the city's affordable housing fund.