Hearing on Modified Comprehensive Permit

After the ZBA issued a Comprehensive Permit in March 2017, the owner Chestnut Hill Investments LLC submitted a notice of change of the ZBA. In 2018 the ZBA deemed the changes substantial and pursuant to M.G.L. c.40B the ZBA must open a public hearing (the Applicant provided an extension until April 30, 2019 to open the hearing. 

The public hearing was opened on April 25, 2019 and closed on October 16, 2019. 

The Modified Comprehensive Permit was Approved with Conditions by the ZBA. 

Public Hearing Process

Pursuant to M.G.L. c.40B, the ZBA reviews only the changes proposed to the Comprehensive Permit previously issued. Independent peer review reports will be submitted on architecture, geotechnical, traffic, parking. DPW will review stormwater. Staff and Boards will provide comments as well. 

Submit comments to Maria Morelli, Senior Planner at [email protected]

Visit the Town Calendar for official announcement of public hearing dates.

The Applicant has increased the land area of the project by purchasing an abutting parcel at 612-614 Hammond Street. The proposed changes are as follows. 

Proposal as of April 2019

Approved by ZBA March 2017 Proposed Changes for Modification
Land Area14,719 sf17,690 sf 
Living Area65,007 sf73,033 sf
Commercial Area4833 sf6569 sf
Units 45 50
Bedrooms16 one-bed; 29 two-bed18 one-bed; 30 two-bed; 2 three-bed
Parking Spaces6670
Parkingvalet + stackers (one level subgrade)ramped, self-park garage (mostly two levels subgrade)

Key Dates: The Town Calendar is the official mechanism for posting hearing dates and agendas in the timeframe stipulated by the Open Meeting Law.

April 25, 2019: Hearing Opened 

May 15, 2019: Applicant’s Presentation

June 19, 2019: Architecture, Traffic, Parking

August 20, 2019 Tuesday: Geotech peer review

September 11, 2019 Wednesday: Revised arch plans

October 16, 2019: Waivers and Conditions NEW LOCATION: FIFTH FLOOR

October 22, 2019 180-Day Deadline to close hearing (extensions may be granted)


Applicant’s Response to ZBA Charge

Materials for September 11, 2019 Hearing

Applicant’s Submission






Peer Review Reports and Staff Testimony




Geotechnical and Stormwater

Public Health and Safety

Public Comment