Public hearing set for proposed 188 residential development in Marlborough

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By Vicki Greene, Contributing Writer

339 Boston Post Road
Photo/Dakota Antelman

Marlborough – City Councilors have acknowledged there have been numerous concerns from residents regarding a proposed 188-unit residential development at 339 Boston Post Road (Route 20 East) known as the McGee property. As such, there is a public hearing scheduled for Monday, June 8.

The Council voted to send the matter to the Urban Affairs Committee and set the Public Hearing for June 8, though given the current state mandates and remote meetings, Council President Michael Ossing said “We have the ability to continue the Public Hearing based on the guidance that comes out from the Governor’s office.”

Several councilors expressed the importance of concerned residents being able to voice their opinions which can be difficult with remote technology.

Attorney Brian Falk submitted the Permit request on behalf of WP Marlborough MA Owner, LLC based in Stamford, Conn.  The “high-end residential” project, to be known as Volaris Marlborough would consist of 188 units in four buildings along with garages, parking spaces, landscaping “open space and walking trails.” The property is located at 339 Boston Post Road (Route 20 East).

An online petition against the project (change.org) had 750 supporters as of May 13.  In addition, there have been Facebook posts encouraging concerned residents to contact their city councilors.

The online petition includes concerns regarding loss of green space, wetland areas and increased traffic on Route 20. The farm property where horses could be seen for years is known to many as the McGee Veterinary Clinic/Farm.

Councilor David Doucette noted that many residents in his ward have contacted him regarding their concerns with the proposed development.

“My respect to all who have expressed their opinions (on this matter) and there are some significant issues that need to be addressed,” he said.