On Monday evening, breaking only for the Olympic figure skating in Sochi, I plowed through the 139 pages of the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission’s new “Developer’s Toolkit.” LINK_Toolkit(1)
My object was to find out what sort of vision the commissioners had for the new district on 40 vacant acres of land freed by the recent relocation of Route 195. Half of the land is devoted to parks and half is divided into 16 developable plots, as listed in the document’s index of parcels, or 19 if you count the parcels in the above map. The parcels are assigned numbers scattered at random between 2 and 42. No Parcel 1 exists, but there is a Parcel 1A. Parcels 2, 3, 5, 6, 8 and 9, but not 4, 7, 10 and so on. Three parks are labeled P2, P3 and P4. But no P1.
Anyway, the Toolkit is described as “Convenient, Predictable, Efficient: One Stop for Development Approval.” A “compliant project,” it says, can complete an approval process of two levels in six months, but a “Time to Approval” flow chart on page 33 suggests that 22 months may be more realistic, especially for projects that need variances or have compliance issues.
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