Though the School falls under the “Dover Amendment” of the Massachusetts General Laws (meaning that though the multi-family use is not allowed in the residential zoned property, the duplex can be permitted as accessory to the educational facility), the project was reviewed by the Town’s Department Heads. As the project is quite limited in scope, disturbs less than an acre of land, and is not subject to Conservation Commission review, we were able to move forward.
Two faculty housing units have been created in a duplex-style residential building. Parking for these units is provided in two one-car garages within the building, accessed via the School’s private fire access road. Two visitor parking spaces have also been provided adjacent to two existing parking spaces on St. Mark’s Circle. Though a duplex construction, the architectural scale of the homes is in keeping with the existing residences of the Circle. Ruhl Walker Architects is coordinating modular construction for the units.
UBLA contracted Truman Engineering Services for utility design and construction administration services. New utility services, including sewage, have been connected to the existing on-site systems. Due to the limited scope of proposed work, the Project was not subject to the State’s stormwater management standards, however, post-construction grading maintains existing flow patterns to the extent practical, and new plantings will prevent erosion and insure water quality.
The proposed landscape plan includes a continuation of the meadow, through the use of seed mixes, as well as ornamental grasses and evergreen shrubs to frame private yard spaces. Several large existing trees will be preserved, and ornamental and evergreen trees will be used to screen and direct views.
Construction was completed in October, 2011, with finishing touches planned for Spring 2012.