MILL STREET MEDFORD

The townhouse development would be across Mill Street, above, on the far right. The Medford Memorial Middle School track and a buffer would come before the development. 

A controversial plan to build 30 townhouses on Mill Street near Medford Memorial Middle School, scheduled for the the Planning Board on Wednesday night, has been moved to November 15.

The townhouses, including five set aside for affordable housing, would be accessed by a driveway from Mill Street, near the Himmelein Road intersection.

At the September 22 board meeting, representatives of developer Orleans Conservatory Group Partners LP were told to return to the board with more information about the proposal.

The board extensively questioned Orleans representatives about the design of the three-bedroom townhouses, focusing partly on what the rear of the townhouses would look like from Mill Street. The board asked what units on the other side of the street in the development would look like, but Orleans had no renderings.

Board members said they would not vote until they could see more detail.

Several neighbors spoke out against the development, criticizing the townhouses' design and also expressing concern about traffic at the intersection.

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The view of the townhouses from Mill Street. Orleans representatives testified that a landscaped buffer will be planted between the street and the townhouses.

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The 30 townhouses would be closest to Mill Street and each would have a two-car driveway. One driveway would go from Mill Street into the development.