Residential redevelopment proposed for Crow Point

By Hingham Current Staff, May 4, 2020

Controversial plans for a new home in a Crow Point neighborhood will be presented during a virtual Planning Board meeting tonight at 7:00 p.m.  The proposal calls for the razing of an existing dwelling and garage and the construction of a new single family residence.  The home would include a covered porch, detached garage, in-ground pool and extensive hardscaping like patios, walkways, stairs and retaining walls.  The home was designed by Sally Weston Associates and would be built by Falconeiri Construction. 


The property at 29 Cushing Avenue is located on a lot that is approximately 16,000 square feet, or 1/3 of an acre, near North Beach and was purchased last fall for $1.9M.  According to the Hingham Community Planning Department, the new homeowners are requesting approval of architecture, engineering and landscaping plans that show the buildings, pool, utility runs, equipment layout and location of the driveway.  They are also requesting partial waivers for the raze and rebuild of the home and the associated property disturbance. 


The project has been the subject of quite a bit of interest from neighbors.  “My concern is that there will be heavy equipment on site to remove soil from the hill in order to build a garage and pool in the rear,” said Joseph Bonner of 14 Malcom Street. “I fear that there is the possibility the excavation and possible erosion will compromise the integrity of my garage, which is on posts.” 


In a letter dated April 13th that was sent to the Director of Community Planning Mary Savage Dunham, Building Inspector Michael Clancy says, “The owners of 29 Cushing St. will need an agreement with the owners of 14 Malcom St. if they plan on shoring up the existing garage and if any damage occurs.”


Town consultant, Amorty Engineers, P.C., also expressed concern to the Community Planning Department about runoff that may regularly flow onto Cushing Avenue and has the potential to negatively impact the road, including causing it to ice over in the winter. 


In addition to approval from the Planning Board, the project may also require a discretionary approval from the Zoning Board of Appeals for a height variance, a permit from the Building Department for retaining walls over four feet tall, and the owners may need to participate in a water conservation program. 

The remote meeting information is: Join Zoom Meeting OR Call 1-929-205-6099 Meeting ID: 959 0088 2455.

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