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Sudbury Officials Eye Affordable Housing at Melone Gravel Pit

The property on Route 117 is the largest buildable land in Sudbury, town officials said.

Will Sudbury be doing housing construction? Time will tell. (FILE PHOTO)
Will Sudbury be doing housing construction? Time will tell. (FILE PHOTO)
Sudbury officials are hoping residents will vote this year to fund a master plan that would allow them to begin planning for development of affordable housing at the Melone gravel pit property located on Route 117.

Residents will be asked at Annual Town Meeting to approve an amount no higher than $150,000 that would fund the master plan, the first step in a process that could allow Sudbury to add rental housing that would count towards the town's 10% affordable housing goal.

If the timeline were to hold steady as planned, a developer would be chosen in 2015, permitting would be completed in 2016 and construction would be underway in 2016 at the North Road property.

According to the town website, the Melone property is 46 acres, 16 of which are located in Concord. The town purchased the property in 1992, but the Department of Public Works said that nearly all of the gravel has been removed from the land.

"The Selectmen have been interested in planning for the future of this parcel for several years," according to the town website. "This is the largest remaining, buildable town-owned property and it has considerable development potential. The land offers capacity to construct new playing fields, potential trail connections to both Sudbury and Concord conservation lands, and has suitable soils for residential housing."
Bryan Semple April 11, 2014 at 12:29 PM
Right - so if we did 150 units, and we did 50 per year, that would buy us three years of no 40B for example. But then after year three??? Then what happens? Same place we are in today, EXCEPT, our one town asset to deal with 40B is gone and built. We are out of luck. Back to being at the mercy of developers for another XXXX years. Melone could potentially by a 40B site. Just not now. Wait until using it for 40B means we actually meet the goal. Until then, this is just more development for development sake which is why some in the town are FOR this. I am not.
JON999 April 11, 2014 at 02:08 PM
that's asking a lot to expect the Town (any town) to play the Melone card just right. lots of other 40Bs could beat you to filing with MassHousing given the methodical process that would be required to file a Melone proposal.
john baranowsky April 11, 2014 at 02:51 PM
All things considered and if applicable in the specific individual circumstance, the most expedient remedy around the myriad of problems and challenges we face as citizens is to move out of Town to a better planned and more united community that offers what one wants without the drama that comes with poor planning. The obvious best example being Lincoln although your mileage may vary. But as some have argued there is hope with some if the new elected officials.
Scott Sawin April 11, 2014 at 03:18 PM
One of my posts was mysteriously removed. The editor suggested I resubmit it as a letter to the Editor for the Patch which I have done.
Bryan Semple April 11, 2014 at 04:10 PM
Good point Jon

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