Developer to Show Off Palmer Pointe
The East Bay Community Development Corporation is holding an 'informational meeting' tomorrow night, Nov. 27, in the Barrington library to present the affordable housing development before going before town officials.
An “informational meeting” on the proposed Palmer Pointe affordable-housing development in Barrington will be held tomorrow evening, Nov. 27. It starts at 7:30 pm in the auditorium of the Barrington Public Library.
Representatives from East Bay Community Development Corporation, the engineer and the architect will make a presentation, show a rendering and take questions on the already controversial development planned for the Sowams Nursery site, said Frank Spinella of FJS Associates, a consultant to EBCDC.
“We’re hoping for a positive exchange that will make everyone more informed,” said Spinella. “We always try to be good neighbors.”
All of the abutters within 500 feet of the development were sent an invitation, said Spinella.
“It will be an informal neighborhood meeting, not something that is required," he said. “We’re hoping that people show up with an open mind."
Spinella said EBCDC wants the neighbors to get to know the development team, be introduced to the plan and how it came about before feedback is sought from town officials, Spinella said. The development will include 48 rental units in 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom layouts that are not unlike Sweetbriar in Bay Spring.
“This will give people an opportunity in a less formal session than a public hearing before the Planning Board," he said.
The architect is Don Powers of Union Studio in Providence, who designed Sweetbriar. The engineer is Shawn Martin of Fuss & O’Neill of Providence.
Many neighbors in that Barrington neighborhood have already indicated that they oppose the development. They have been circulating a petition to drum up support against the project.