One Oceanfront project proposed for Salisbury Beach trimmed to 235 units

Courtesy photoA view of the artist's rendering of the latest proposal for Salisbury Beach by Big Block Development.

SALISBURY — A proposed 240-unit Salisbury Beach condominium project goes before two town boards for review this month, minus five units included in an earlier plan.

Big Block Development Group presented its plans to build the $130 million, 240-unit One Oceanfront condominium complex at the corner of Broadway and Oceanfront South in late 2017.

Although the Planning Board approved the project in April 2018, Big Block Development managing partner Wayne Capolupo and his partners, the Capolupo, Nabhan and Mulcahy families, were dissatisfied with the board's 44 conditions and filed an appeal in state Land Court.

The court remanded the issue to the Planning Board on Dec. 17.

"Both parties have worked hard to come together and try to arrive at a design that they can both live with and addresses the concerns that the Planning Board had yet continues to render the project economically viable," Capolupo said Wednesday.

Danvers-based Gienapp Architects sent a memorandum to the town Friday to detail changes in the project, including the addition of more underground parking and first-floor commercial space.

Big Block's new plan trims the number of units to 235. The revised plan also calls for about 7,187 square feet of leasable commercial space on the Broadway side of the property with access from the south along Ocean Street and Railroad Avenue from the west.

Parking has been rearranged to provide 379 parking spaces that include a minimum of 25 mechanical lift-accessible spaces, eight handicapped-accessible spaces and six spots for visitors.

Window air conditioning units are prohibited under the revised plan and a flood zone-acceptable stadium staircase/commercial deck is planned for the corner of Broadway and Oceanfront South and would connect to the public, seaside boardwalk.

The introduction of two decks on the project’s fifth floor would serve as outdoor common spaces, including a dog park. The planned hexagon-shaped roofs on the Oceanfront South facade have been changed to triangular models.

"We've tried to soften the look a little bit," Capolupo said.

The plans also call for the restoration of dunes by removing pavement along the eastern edge of the property and replacing it with 34,000 square feet of sand.

Dark sky lighting is also proposed in the new plans, which would specifically prohibit the installation of any illumination that would affect the beach or ocean.

Big Block is scheduled to appear before the Conservation Commission on Jan. 15 to discuss the new plans and then go before the Planning Board on Jan. 22.

"I'm very hopeful and optimistic that we will be able to work through all of the issues with the Planning Board and the Conservation Commission," Capolupo said. "I want to thank all of the individuals involved for their input and their effort. Everybody has the overall same desire to do what is best for the town of Salisbury and Salisbury Beach. So we will come together to make sure that that happens."

Staff writer Jim Sullivan covers Amesbury and Salisbury for The Daily News. He can be reached via email at or by phone at 978-961-3145. Follow him on Twitter @ndnsully.

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