Dupont Lot Proposed Site For New Homes

The development was discussed at the Central Roxborough Civic Association meeting this month.

The two sets of twin homes proposed at 535 Dupont Street are getting closer to completition.

No concerns from residents were voiced at the Central Roxborough Civic Association meeting earlier this month. In fact, it was just the opposite. According to Andrew Mulson, with Smick Street Townhomes, residents in the area are asking them to get started as quickly as they can.

There were initial concerns about the project due to a miscommunication about the number of homes being built on the site, Mulson said. Some resident originally heard eight homes were proposed, a number that even the developer said was not feasible.

Now, with the number clarified, Mulson said residents are on board because the space is currently an empty lot that some believe is becoming a location for teenagers to hang out and engage in illegal activity.

"The lot has been a nuissance for a long time," Mulson said. "This development would pretty much eliminate the problem.

The project will need to go before the zoning board because the lot is short a few feet in width. Because greenery was also a concern when the project first came before the association, Mulson said that the homes will have small side and backyards.

"There will be a substantial amount of green space on the property," Mulson said.

Twin and row homes are the primary housing along the street of the proposed development so the new construction will fit into the neighborhood, Mulson said.

The developers are hoping to get in front of zoning as soon as possible and would ideally like to start construction in the spring. Construction is estimated to take four to five months.


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