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Correspondent

GROTON — So many major changes have been made to an affordable housing project that the Board of Selectmen have called for the whole application process to start over again.

In comments regarding the submission to the town of a whole new plan by developer Robert M. Hicks Inc. for the Pine Ridge Court development, selectmen last Monday recommended that the application process begin again from scratch.

The recommendation, made to the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA), was issued because the latest plan is so radically different from the one that had been presented to the board two years before.

At that time, Hicks had proposed the construction of a single 44-unit building at the Jenkins Road site, but that plan met with early opposition from town officials as well as local residents, due mainly to its 45-foot height, which would have dominated the landscape of the surrounding neighborhood.

Later, the developer proposed a different configuration, eliminating the single building in favor of a “triplex” plan. That scheme, too, met with failure when the Sewer Commission refused to grant a connection to the town’s wastewater system.

In company’s latest submission, the developer has applied for a comprehensive permit to build 16 single-family condominiums at the Jenkins Road site.

The comprehensive permit decision rests with the ZBA, but selectmen were asked to comment on the project.

And they said to start over.