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Neighbors protest hamlet development

Rosen said adding single family homes was considered but it would not be economically possible, and added he feels Kendall Square would provide a type of housing not available in the immediate area.

"In a sense, this is the last piece of a hamlet that's being developed here," he said. "We're not creating a hamlet, per se, on our piece of propertywe're fitting this last piece of a puzzle."

The ideal occupant would be young professionals or the elderly, he said.

Residents also expressed concern about what impact the development would have on area traffic. The intersection is a well-used thoroughfare for those traveling between Delmar and Glenmont.

Francis Bossolini of Ingalls and Associates said the applicant's traffic plan would avoid overloading the intersection by having three access points to the development along both Feura Bush and Elsmere.

"The actual impact on the intersection here is not as much as one might think," he said. "The [traffic] patterns don't go through the intersection, they go around it."

The audience did not respond favorably to many of the applicant's statements"especially those concerning traffic"and Planning Board Chairman George Leveille on one occasion had to halt the meeting to ask audience members to be quiet.

"I know how frustrating it is to have to sit there, but that is the process," he said.

Rosen said he has spoken with concerned residents individually and in groups over the past months and would be open to further meetings. He was also clear Kendall Square is the project he wants to build.

"There are positive suggestions that they made that we incorporated, there are other suggestions that we cannot incorporate," he said.

As the project is not a rezoning, as is common in projects of this type and scale, the town would not be compelled to hold a public hearing on the project.

Leveille said because the town has not handled many hamlet applications, it's not likely Kendall Square will move through the approval process quickly.

"This is really the first hamlet of the magnitude in front of this board. We're taking this for a test drive," he said.

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