The Sandwich Planning Board on Tuesday, August 15, unanimously granted a request to transform the seasonal Pine Grove Cottages in East Sandwich right into a 12 months-spherical condominium colony.
The vote got here after a prolonged dialogue about the right way to implement a number of situations the planners imposed earlier than granting a particular allow wanted for the conversion.
Pine Grove’s grey-and-white cottages, nestled amongst pine timber alongside Route 6A, date again to the 1930s. The complicated, which additionally features a two-story, single-household home in the back of the three-acre lot, has been owned by Victor S. and Kim P. Babiarz for nearly 20 years.
The Babiarzes, who wish to retire, have a suggestion on the property from Kenneth A. Grady, a developer who has transformed and bought different cottage communities on Cape Cod. Amongst his latest developments are a number of transformed cottages on Peter's Pond in Mashpee.
Mr. Grady made a suggestion on the Pine Grove Cottages contingent upon the planning board granting the particular allow permitting the conversion of the seasonally rented summer season cottages to 12 months-spherical possession. The record worth for the complicated was $. million, in line with actual property ads.
Twelve cottages are on the colony deal with at 358 Route 6A. Certainly one of them is now used for storage. Six of the cottages have one bed room and 6 have two bedrooms, in line with the plans.
As a result of such requests are uncommon for the planning board, there is no such thing as a wording within the bylaw mandating that the cottages meet fashionable constructing codes earlier than they're bought as 12 months-spherical condominiums.
The planners added a situation that every cottage have to be checked by the constructing inspector earlier than it's bought to a brand new occupant.
Different situations imposed by the board embrace:
- No enhance of the “footprint,” or dimension of the cottages.
- No modifications to the cottages’ exterior.
- Approval of the septic techniques by the board of well being.
- The addition of a clause to the condominium rules stating that just one or two vehicles could park by every cottage.
- The addition of an overflow/visitor parking space someplace on the property.
By unanimous vote, the planning board members agreed to the conversion idea. The situations have to be met, nevertheless, earlier than the ultimate particular allow is issued, chairman Sarah Regan stated.
Lawyer Kevin Kirrane of Mashpee, who requested the particular allow for the sellers, smiled and shrugged when requested, after the assembly, about all of the situations imposed on the deal.
“They granted the request. That’s the necessary factor,” Mr. Kirrane stated.
The Babiarzes have stated they loved proudly owning the cottage colony and can miss the company they've come to know throughout 19 summer season seasons.
"We now have watched one another's youngsters develop up, and seen them by way of marriages, births and deaths,” Victor Babiarz stated just lately. “We noticed them solely every year, however they had been household."
The cottages rented for $60 to $160 a day relying on the dimensions and season, in line with the Pine Grove web site. Summer time company appreciated the quiet, shady location, the snug, clear rooms, and the comparatively low costs, in line with their feedback on the web site.
No neighbors objected to the proposal at a public listening to two weeks in the past, though Betty Allen, a neighbor at 356 Route 6A and proprietor of Decoy Realty, wrote a letter saying she has issues concerning the septic techniques and hopes the "footprint" of the cottages doesn't change.
Mr. Kirrane and Mr. Babiarz have advised the planners that the use and look of the cottages won't change, nor will any timber be felled. Plantings might be added to reinforce the look of the property, Mr. Kirrane stated.
Planning board member Robert King has advised the plans even be submitted to the Sandwich Previous King's Freeway Historic District Committee as a courtesy, though no exterior modifications to the cottages have been proposed.
Mr. King additionally advised that the condominium affiliation give you very particular guidelines governing the usage of property round every cottage.
"It's important to take a look at whether or not you wish to permit folks to have a clothesline or a grill," Mr. King has stated. "There are some loopy issues that folks in condos give you."