Age-restricted, 55+ housing project proposed on Concord Heights

By JAMIE L. COSTA

Monitor staff

Published: 06-23-2023 6:29 PM

A Massachusetts-based company wants to build nearly 150 units of 55-plus housing in the Heights section of Concord off Old Loudon Road. 

In a wooded area where a few homeless camps are located, developers want to construct three identical multi-family buildings with 144 units, a clubhouse, a pool and two pickleball courts for residential use. Some units will feature housing specific to those with hearing impairments, and other ailments. 

The application was submitted by the engineering firm of Keach Nordstrom Associates, of Bedford, on behalf of James Palmisano, the president of Construction, Planning and Management, Inc., based in Northeast Massachusetts.

The plans for the 16-acre parcel call for green space and landscaping, connectivity between buildings and access to garage and unit-specific parking for vehicles.

Behind the property is a walking trail that connects with an existing private trail that connects to the Broken Ground Trail system. The applicant wants to legitimize these trails and have them recognized as part of the city’s trail system. A home was on the site, which has since been removed and the land consists of wetlands, forest and homeless encampments, which will be cleared ahead of construction. 

Submitted with the proposal, which was accepted by the Concord Planning Board Wednesday night, was a traffic study of Loudon Road at Old Loudon Road and D’Amante Drive, Old Loud Road at Portsmouth Street and Route 9 at Old Loudon Road and the Heights Courtyard Plaza driveway. The study indicated that the project will not have a substantial impact on traffic in those areas. 

A public hearing will be held on July 19 where residents and board members will hear the proposal from the applicant, ask questions and express any concerns.

Construction, Planning and Management, Inc. says on its website that it has developed and built over 3,000 multi-family and single-family units and is the “premier developer and manager” of 55+ rental communities in New England.

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