Developer a no-show for lottery

By Tanner Harding | Mar 01, 2017
Marion —

Representatives from Baywatch Realty and SEB LLC did not show up for the scheduled affordable housing lottery on Tuesday night.

A small group of people waited for nearly an hour at Elizabeth Taber Library for the 6 p.m. lottery before giving up and going home. The lottery was for nine of the 36 affordable homes to be built adjacent to the Marion Village Estates. Applications for the houses were due Feb. 14.

The development, called Sippican Woods, is part of the plan for 60 apartments and 36 homes approved five years ago to add “40B” affordable housing for residents.

The “40B” regulation allows the developer to bypass local zoning restrictions if a percentage of homes are sold or rented at below-market costs to people who meet the income requirements, and if a town has not met the state-required 10 percent minimum  of affordable housing in its boundaries.

Preliminary work for the houses is underway, and Baywatch’s Ken Steen said the first affordable houses will likely be completed by the end of this summer.

Representatives from Baywatch and SEB could not be able to be reached in time for publication.

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