Developers plan 100 condos on Depot St. in Southwick

Proposal faces Conservation, Planning Board scrutiny

SOUTHWICK — Plans for a 100-unit residential building on Depot Street have entered the permitting stage, with developers set to appear before the Southwick Conservation Commission and Planning Board in the coming weeks.

Right Hand Clyde Real Estate LLC is seeking a special permit, site plan approval, and earth excavation permit, a wellhead protection district permit, and a stormwater management permit before they can begin the development at 42 Depot St., Southwick. 

The site plan submitted by the real estate firm shows a development consisting of multiple buildings, each with multiple units of housing connected side-by-side. There is a designated buffer area to the nearby wetlands, and a fence surrounding much of the development. 

It would consist of two streets, Wildflower Lane and Primrose Way. The sole entrance to the property would be through Depot Street. 

During one of the Carvana hearings, a resident expressed concerns about the water usage projected by the Depot Street development. Planning Board Chair Michael Doherty said in response that any water use projections in the applications are written with maximum design standards in mind. He said the actual water usage for a development like this would likely not come close to the maximum usage. 

“There are things called design standards, those are significantly higher than any actual use,” said Doherty.

The Planning Board will hold a continued public hearing on a proposed residential development next Tuesday, Aug. 10, in Town Hall. The plan was discussed briefly in a Planning Board public hearing on June 29. It was continued to Aug. 10 as the discussion that night was nearly entirely dominated by Carvana. 

The project was on the agenda for the Aug. 2 Conservation Commission meeting, but it was continued to a future meeting without discussion at the request of former Planning Board Chair Roz Terry. 

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