The Littleton City Council will hear arguments on July 30 for and against the contested Broadstone at Littleton Station development, a 250-unit apartment complex proposed for the southwest corner of South Bemis Street and Littleton Boulevard.
The development received approval from the city’s planning department, but the Planning Board voted unanimously not to recommend approval of the necessary rezoning.
The developer, Alliance Residential Co., wants to build a six-story apartment complex on the 4.5-acre property on the southwest corner of Littleton Boulevard and Bemis.
The July 30 meeting is expected to draw a large and vocal audience, which factored into the council’s selection of the date. The council expects the meeting to last several hours because of the number of people who are expected to testify.
The Planning Board’s hearing lasted more than five hours due to the number of people who spoke. More than 60 people attended that meeting, with more than two dozen speaking against the project. Many said the project was too big and would negatively affect neighbors on South Bemis Street and the character of Littleton They also complained that renters wouldn’t be invested in the city like homeowners would be.
Not everyone who spoke at the meeting was against the development. Two supporters cited a need for housing for young professionals such as themselves who want to live in a community like Littleton and be close to a mass-transit center.
Alliance had changed its plans several times during the lead-up to last month’s Planning Board hearing. But while board said they appreciated the changes and the work Alliance had done to scale down the plan, it wasn’t enough to win their support.
Originally, the plan called for 300 units on 4.5 acres. The planning department cited the project’s high density and the effects that a 500-foot-long, six-story apartment building would have on the town’s skyline, along with other concerns like traffic and light pollution.
Alliance made multiple changes to its proposal, including installing a traffic light at Bemis and Littleton to help mitigate traffic from the development and setting back the third, fourth and fifth floors to lessen the building’s impact along the street, and breaking the project into two buildings instead of one large one.
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