Developer seeks to amend plan for 55-unit development in Greenville

  • The Greenville Planning Board meets with Chris Guida of Fieldstone Land Consultants to discuss plans to amend an approved 55-unit development on Pleasant Street. STAFF PHOTO BY ASHLEY SAARI—

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Published: 9/23/2022 10:51:01 AM
Modified: 9/23/2022 10:50:23 AM

The Greenville Planning Board reviewed plans Thursday to amend the approved 55-unit Barton’s Ridge development on Pleasant Street by moving two of the units for ease of building, but ultimately continued the hearing, asking for additional information from developers.

The development was approved in 2019, and consists of both single-family and duplex condominiums. The project is expected to be built in five phases. Christopher Guida of Fieldstone Land Consultants, presenting on behalf of owner Adam Ames, said the amendment would relocate two of the proposed units due to the discovery of a large amount of ledge in the original proposed location. The total number of units, and the number of duplexes and single homes, would not change, he said.

“Everything is the same. There’s just a pretty good chunk of ledge that would include a lot more blasting and a lot more cost,” said Guida.

Other changes included an extended drainage swale and amended road layout.

Chair Mike Sadowski questioned where the first phase of the development stood, reminding Guida the original approval included a condition of compliance hearings at the end of each phase.

“It’s been an extensive period of time since this was first approved, and we have not yet had a compliance hearing,” Sadowski said.

Sadowski also asked whether moving the units, which were originally planned as part of the first phase of construction, would impact what phase they were built in. Board members also questioned whether the new location of the units would require a change in hydrant locations, and requested input from the Fire Department on the new road layout before approval.

Guida was unable to answer those questions, causing the board to continue the hearing to Oct. 13 at 7 p.m.

In a separate application, board members held a conceptual discussion with Kenny Lehtonen of SanKen Homes regarding the possible development of condominium units on Happy Hollow Road, on a lot that currently has a single-family home. A conceptual hearing is held before a formal application, so the applicant can learn about potential issues before developing a full proposal.

Lehtonen originally suggested townhouse-style units, with an upper and lower residence, for a total of 20 units. During the discussion, board members informed Lehtonen that the lot was in the town’s downtown district, which does not allow residences on the ground floor of multifamily units in order to allow businesses on the ground floor with apartments on a second story.

Lehtonen has the option of pursuing a variance, developing homes with commercial spaces on the first floor or building single-family homes. After the discussion, he said he would likely pursue a smaller number of units – five or six – in a single-floor ranch style.

The Planning Board meets next on Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Greenville Town Hall meeting room.

Ashley Saari can be reached at 603-924-7172 ext. 244 or She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.

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