Landham Crossing Construction Under Way on Boston Post Road

Housing project will consist of 8 'affordable' units.

If you've been traveling along Boston Post Road the last couple of weeks you've likely noticed traffic has been heavier with the construction of a new 40B project.

The project is the proposed Landham Crossing condo development on an eight-acre site which is often referred to as the Esser property.

The development at 192 Boston Post Road would consist of 32 two-bedroom units, eight of which would be deemed “affordable” and reserved for residents who meet income criteria, and 24 that would be rented or sold at market rate.

The property had one dilapidated single-family home and several outbuildings in poor condition, according to Attorney Josh Fox, who said those properties have limited value and would be razed to make way for the development. The impact of traffic on Route 20 will be relatively negligible, according to Fox.

The project will be served by public water and private septic and a private well for landscape irrigation.

The Board of Appeals approved the project in Februrary.

40B refers to a state law passed in 1969 which allows developers more flexibility in bypassing local zoning regulations if they reserve 25 percent of the units for low and moderate income families at rates they can afford. In November, Massachusetts voters rejected Question 2, which sought to repeal the 41-year-old law, by a margin of 59 percent to 41 percent. Supporters of the 40B law frequently refer to it as the “anti-snob” zoning law.

The developer is Trask, Inc., in Southborough.

SueChap June 30, 2012 at 07:05 PM
While it is certain there are some snobs in Sudbury, many are against these developments because Sudbury simply cannot afford to subsidize homes. We can't afford to support the residents who already live here.
dan green June 30, 2012 at 08:59 PM
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bill wilmore July 01, 2012 at 11:54 PM
ahh nothing like the snobs of sudbury complaining against subsidized housing..My family has lived in this town for almost 40 years..sadly most of these stuck up snobs in town cannot say that..they use the town..How?? they move here for it's good school system..and to buy an expensive home in hopes of selling it for a profit..as soon as their kids graduate it's bye bye Sudbury we don't need you anymore and after 10 years of living here they are on their way out of town and down to a trendy home to retire in at the Cape....
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Maria G November 20, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Can you tell me why a family who has resided in Sudbury for 6 yrs with 2 children in the school system (one with autism and needs special ed), and one parent who works in Sudbury, should not be given the same opportunity to live in a quiet suburban area with a great school system just because the family doesn't make a six figure salary? Not ALL lower income families pull off the system. Shouldn't these hard working people who are trying to provide their families with a stable home and great schooling have the same opportunity to live here? If there was never any affordable housing offered, it wouldn't be possible as the average home costs over 400,000 and takes a 6 figure income just to pay the taxes and mortgage yearly. The only other option would be to occupy a low income housing unit and never be able to get ahead. Not to mention run the risk of being displaced because you make just pennies over the income cap and have to move out of town because there are no affordable private rentals. What happened to "equal opportunity"?
LessIsMore November 20, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Maria G. What you are describing is not 'equal opportunity' but 'equality of outcome'. If you rely on government to enforce equality of outcome the government you create can control your life and will limit your freedoms. Equal opportunity is best served when government gets out of the way and allows a person's ability and hard work determine their opportunity. A government that is strong enough to enforce a view (who's view is determined by who is in power) of what is equitable (pick winners and losers) will ultimately be 'gamed' by a few to the detriment of the many. 40B is a wonderful tool for the enrichment of contractors and an ineffective way to create low income housing.
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