Developer proposes 12-unit project on Lincoln Street

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Developer proposes 12-unit project on Lincoln Street
A developer is proposing to turn this site on Lincoln Street into a three-story housing development. (Photo/Laura Hayes)

MARLBOROUGH – A developer wants to bring a multifamily project to Lincoln Street.

Located at 272 Lincoln Street, the developer is proposing a 12-unit, three-story building.

The application for a special permit was filed by 272 Lincoln LLC, which has an address of Newton.

The application went before the City Council on Oct. 17. City Council voted to refer it to the Urban Affairs Committee for a public hearing on Nov. 21. Councilor Christian Dumais recused himself.

What is proposed

According to MetroWest Daily News, the site was last home to Finishmaster, which describes itself as a distributor of automotive paint and coatings.

“Site was formerly used as an auto service facility with open-air parking for 15+ cars,” the application read.

There would be access to the site off both Cashman and Lincoln streets. The plans call for a total of 12 two-bedroom units with four units on each floor. The developer is also proposing 24 parking spots – 18 in a garage and six open-air spaces.

This is the latest housing project to go before the City Council in recent months. It’s about a block away from the proposed Alta Marlborough development, which will be built on a nearly five-acre parcel on the corner of Lincoln and Mechanic streets.

Alta is a 10,000-square-foot mixed-use project with 276 units – 10% of which will be affordable – and over 400 parking spaces.

In past meetings, the developers of the Alta project have said that the development would make the Assabet River Rail Trail more accessible by increasing the amount of off-street parking spaces along with a restroom building that would be conveyed to the city for use by the public.

The project was approved by the City Council back in July with a 7-1-1-1 vote with Dumais abstaining, Councilor Don Landers absent and Councilor Mark Oram voting against.

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