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Country Club Land Might Be Developed for Over-55 Housing

by Connie Sartini


   With Groton’s Affordable Housing Plan, approved by the Dept of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) expiring on June 29, 2019, the Affordable Housing Trust asked Housing Coordinator Fran Stanley to take the lead on the development of a new Housing Production Plan. This would then become the new plan of record once it is approved by the DHCD.

   One of the sites identified for future development of mixed income 55-plus housing is on land already owned by the town at the Groton Country Club, in the area of the old tennis courts and pavilion.

   Following their discussion on this possibility, the Affordable Housing Trust received a Proposal for a Concept Plan for the Groton Country Club from Ducharme & Dillis for an estimated cost of $4500 that outlined the scope of work to prepare a concept plan depicting the proposed development for the property and a conceptual plan that will show detached condominiums. This would be compiled from information obtained from online sources such as Massachusetts GIS information which will include ortho photography, wetland areas and property lines in general.

  The Trust also wanted to know what it would cost to do a Feasibility Study and agreed at an earlier meeting to submit a Community Preservation Committee application for $40,000 for this. By applying for this now, the AHT has until the deadline of March 11,2019 to sift out the scope of the study and the total funds needed.

   Member Shelia Julien asked about the number of homes supported by the Concept Plan and Housing Coordinator Fran Stanley stressed that the plan also needs to look at a sewer for the site.

   The Affordable Housing Trust was made aware of a project in the early design of a concept proposal for 80 units of one-floor two-bedroom age-restricted units in another part of Groton. Although not the same size-wise, this is project is similar to the intent of the one at the Country Club and that data from that effort could be factored into their AHT thinking, before spending any town funds.

  The AHT decided to defer action of the Concept Plan proposal for the Country Club site until they hear more about project that is already underway for the age restricted. 

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