TOWNSEND -- Three new building projects are close to becoming a reality. Plans for new housing, a restaurant and a building with an educational area and function hall near the common are in the works.

"They are all big projects for Townsend. They're all good projects," said Building Inspector Rich Hanks.

The developer of Turnpike Village on Turnpike Road is anxious to get started, Hanks said.

The site work was done a couple of years ago when the developer planned 44 detached single-family homes on the 12-acre site.

Plans changed, and Benjamin Builders, owned by Townsend resident Gary Lorden, will instead construct two buildings, each with 24 rental units.

One building will be built in the first phase.

The building and grounds will be attractive, Hanks said. The clapboard and shake three-story building will have stone work and two detached garages.

"It's going to be exciting," he said.

Each one- or two-bedroom unit will have its own heating and cooling system. The site has town water and the developer will install one large septic system for the complex.

The 40B project includes affordable housing. Potential renters meeting income guidelines will be able to apply for the housing through a lottery, Hanks said.

Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 40B is used to build housing developments with affordability restrictions on some of the units.

"I think it's a very positive thing. I'm confident they will do a good job," Hanks said.


A restaurant, to be located on Main Street between Dunkin' Donuts and McDonald's is in the planning stages.

No name is available yet.

The Planning Board approved a special permit for the site plan on Oct. 23.

The project is on track. No one appealed the decision, said Planning Board Administrator Jeanne Hollows.

A third new project is in the works. Hanks said he has heard from the architects designing a building for St. John's the Evangelist to replace the religious education building that burned in January.

The church is planning a two-story structure on the vacant lot beside Father Mealey Hall on School Street.

The top story will be a function hall and accessible from the parking lot. The bottom floor, accessible from School Street, will house the religious education area.

The site is challenging because it is not that big, Hanks said.

Hollows said she expects see a filing soon.

Other building projects continue to go forward.

Single-family homes are still being built at three developments; Deer Run off Ash Street, with six out of 15 built; Harbor Trace off South Street, with nine out of 17 built; and the Village at Patriot Common on Trophy Avenue, with three out of seven built.

"They're still ongoing, slowly," Hollows said.

Another development on West Meadow Road, first proposed in 2007, still has valid permits thanks to special state legislation that automatically extended them, Hollows said.

The open space multifamily development, Locke Brook Run, has not begun construction.