Papers filed for second 'smart growth' residential building in Newburyport

Courtesy photoAn architect’s rendering of the apartments at 3 Boston Way, Newburyport, showing proximity to the Newburyport commuter rail station. The apartments toward the rear of the drawing are under construction and the next phase would be those closest to the front. 

NEWBURYPORT — A North Andover-based company has filed plans for a second, 84-unit apartment building near the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority commuter rail station.

The plans, filed in the city’s planning office by Minco Corp. on Oct. 23, include a five-story, multifamily residential building and surface and underground parking. The site is in the city’s Smart Growth Overlay District, and is within 250 feet of the MBTA right-of-way. 

Twenty-one of the building’s units would be affordable under state income guidelines, according to the application.

The plans are preceded by an adjacent and similar project by Minco Corp. at 1 Boston Way, which sits on a parcel the company purchased last year from the MBTA for $1.79 million. The parcel is bounded by Parker Street, Boston Way and the train line to the east. 

The 1 Boston Way project is under construction, and like the new project, it also includes 84 units.

It is the first development approved in the city’s 40R Smart Growth Overlay District, which aims to put affordable housing and high-density apartments next to the commuter rail line to Boston on what is now an underused parking lot.

This latest project would be subject to site plan approval through the city’s Planning Board, and a notice of intent is to be filed concurrently with the Conservation Commission.

To see the application and plans for 3 Boston Way, visit www.cityofnewburyport.com/planning-board/agenda-items/3-boston-way.

Staff writer Jack Shea can be reached via email at jshea@newburyportnews.com or by phone at 978-961-3154. Follow him on Twitter @iamjackshea.

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