Potential Expansion at Page Place

Some of the homes at Page Place - Image (c) JMcCT, 2015
Some of the homes at Page Place – Image (c) JMcCT, 2015

By Meredith McCulloch

Page Place is surrounded by green lawns - Image (c) JMcCT, 2015
Page Place is surrounded by green lawns – Image (c) JMcCT, 2015

Stephen Reiner and David Fourier, Trustees of the Page Place Condominium Association at 75 Page Road, spoke to the Planning Board on June 9 about a possible expansion in the number of units on the property. Page Place was originally one of four town elementary schools at a time when the school population was on the decline. The property was declared surplus and sold by the town in 1985. It now consists of 31 condominium units on a plot of 15 acres. Rezoning and a special permit may be required.

The plan is to add more housing units, provide garages for residents, and improve circulation on the property. There is no covered parking and the current parking lot is a long walk from the residences. Sixteen residents are over 70 years of age. The Trustees would like to maintain the current mix which spans all ages, including some families with children.
The hope is to add 10-20 units of varying sizes, including some with as many as four bedrooms. The Page Place Trustees would be working with a contractor to develop their ideas and bring them to the Planning Board.

In general, Planning Board members reacted positively to the idea. There was encouragement to aim toward the lower end of the market and to build fewer four-bedroom units. Other suggestions were to add walks into the property, which has a large front lawn, to make it more inviting for pedestrians. The Planning Board suggested that cottage style 1-2 family units would blend well the neighborhood.

Many of the garages would be located behind the current building, to the extent possible, but there are wetlands to the rear of the property that must be safeguarded.

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