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Scaled-back Cottonwood Crossing proposed

Observer courtesy graphic Plans for Cottonwood Crossing show proposed residential buildings and commercial space.
Observer courtesy graphic
Plans for Cottonwood Crossing show proposed residential buildings and commercial space.

Meeting set for Nov. 10

Observer staff report

After initial plans met with pushback from neighbors, developer Al Senecal put forth a scaled-back version of Cottonwood Crossing, a mixed-use development proposed in the site of the former Williston Driving Range.

Senecal went before the Development Review Board on Oct. 13 for a pre-application hearing. He was proposing to revamp Cottonwood Crossing, a development that received town approval in 2010 but was put on hold when Target expressed interest in the property.

Last month’s version called for 268 units and 100,000 square feet of commercial space on the 17-acre parcel, nearly double what was planned in 2010.

During the Oct. 13 DRB meeting, residents complained about the project’s density, appearance, traffic impact and its lack of affordable housing.

On Nov. 2, Senecal submitted a new sketch plan for the project. The new version would include 173 dwelling units and 68,500 square feet of commercial space.

Plans call for smaller buildings and more green space, including a central neighborhood park and garden space and a slightly expanded buffer zone between the adjacent Maple Tree Housing complex.

The new plan also axes one of the roads running through the Maple Tree Housing complex, which drew criticism at the earlier hearing.

The plan is set to go before the DRB on Tuesday, Nov. 10 for a continued pre-application hearing. The meeting is set to begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Town Hall.