Middleton Square 40B Development
In the spring of 2022, the Town was made aware of a potential 40B project proposed for the former Angelica's property. This webpage has been created to allow the public to review the history of the project and to check for new updates.
Timeline of Events
(August 9, 2022)
At the August 9, 2022 Select Board Meeting, Chairperson Prentakis announced that earlier in the day at the first scheduled "negotiation meeting," Lars Unhjem, Manager of Villebridge Acquisitions LLC, announced that they were withdrawing their 40B application for Project Eligibility from Mass. Housing Partnership due to technical difficulties in designing the necessary Wastewater Treatment System. They intend to go back to the drawing board and come back this fall with several different scaled-back scenarios for development.
(July 26, 2022)
Scheduled ZBA "40B Work Session" at 7:00 pm at the Fuller Meadow cafe.
(June 30, 2022)
Villebridge Development LLC submits an application to Massachusetts Housing Partnership for a Project Eligibility Letter for the Middleton Square Project. Contents of application:
(June 28, 2022)
Select Board votes to create a team to negotiate with Villebridge Development LLC regarding a planned Comprehensive Permit application proposed for the corner of South Main and Boston Streets. The team consists of Town Counsel Jay Talerman, Town Administrator Andrew Sheehan, a member of the Select Board (Kosta Prentakis) and a member from the Planning Board (TBD).
(June 23, 2022)
The Zoning Board of Appeals votes to schedule a "work session" and invite one member each from all town boards/commissions/departments to partake in a discussion of the 40B expected process. The board also asks staff to work with Town Counsel to develop Comprehensive Permit Rules for the board to adopt, to arrange a "40B Training" for the board, and to enquire with the Dept. of Housing & Community Development about receiving a grant for 40B technical assistance.
(June 15, 2022)
A Downtown Development Discussion public meeting was held at the Flint Public Library. Lars Unhjem, Villebridge Development LLC, presented development plans showing a mixed-use development on the former Angelica's site that includes 200 rental residential units along with commercial spaces on the first floor facing South Main Street.
(April 7, 2022)
Villebridge Development LLC meets with town representatives to introduce a possible future project for the former Angelica's property and to discuss permitting options. As a result of this meeting, it is decided that due to the large scope of the project, a public meeting should be held to make residents aware of the impending project. The meeting is scheduled for June 15.