Are you confused? Don’t worry, you’re not the only one. We’ve been asked if Sudbury Station is part of the Eversource Proposal (nope). If it’s part of the proposed Raytheon development (also no). And, our favorite, is public transportation finally coming to Sudbury (we wish!).
What is the Village at Sudbury Station?
The Village at Sudbury Station is a dense, large-scale 40B housing development proposed for a significant parcel of open land immediately abutting Sudbury’s historic center, cemeteries, and wetlands. The project proposes 13 buildings, some as tall as 50 feet and four stories high, 250 residential units, and 500 parking spaces. It will be immediately visible at multiple points throughout Town Center, permanently altering historic viewsheds and erasing large swaths of forested land listed on the Town’s open space targets. The proposed development adds two hazardous intersections within 500 feet of the newly reconfigured intersection at Route 27 and Concord Road, raising a myriad of traffic safety and environmental issues, and creating a marked, increased burden on Town resources, services, schools, and infrastructure.
At the 2011 Annual Town Meeting a land swap was approved between the Town and the parcel’s owner, giving the owner frontage access along Peter’s Way in exchange for two acres of land for the Town cemetery. The intent was clear from the Town Meeting warrant article and discussion that the intended development potential was one house. This was misrepresented by the landowner in order to build a dense 40B housing project.
The development application is vigorously condemned by the Sudbury Board of Selectmen, Sudbury Planning Board, and the Conservation Commission. It is currently under review by the Sudbury Zoning Board of Appeals. This development is unrelated to the 40B residential development also under consideration for the Raytheon property along Route 20.
Where will the Village at Sudbury Station be located?
Sudbury Station would be located immediately adjacent to Sudbury’s Town Center Historic District and would directly abut the Town’s historic Mount Pleasant and New Cemeteries. The images below show a satellite photo of the area in question — one without the development and one with. Although the developers plan shows landscaping most, if not all, the area within the red outline would be cleared during construction.