Student housing petition withdrawn

May 2, 2017


A petition that called for student housing zoning in areas that are currently set for single-family residences has been withdrawn, according to Town Planner John Hansen.

In a letter addressed to the Select Board, representatives for Vision Properties announced that the Pennsylvania-based company had dropped the citizen's petition that would've ultimately allowed student housing developments within two miles of college campuses.

"Vision Properties is still committed to working with the town and involved properties to see if we can move this forward," said Michael Masseur, a spokesman for the project.

If passed by June Town Meeting members, the measure would have affected areas surrounding the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth’s main campus on Old Westport Road, and the School of Law on Faunce Corner Road.

Vision Properties, a development company, had originally proposed student housing for the Pine Hill Sand and Gravel site at 498 Old Westport Road.

The proposal lacked residents' and the Select Board's support. At the April 24 Select Board meeting, company representative David Sullivan said the town would lose out on valuable tax revenue, and would end up owning the 40,000 cubic yards of concrete on the property.