Norwell: Two Year Extension Request from Simon Hill 40B Applicant

The Norwell Zoning Board of Appeals continued their hearing for an extension of the Simon Hill 40B Affordable Housing Proposal Wednesday night.

The developer is requesting a two year extension of their comprehensive permit for the project and claim they need more time to get more permits from various town entities.

Norwell Z.B.A. Chair Lois Barbour addressed the issue.

“The applicant came in with his attorney and is asking for an extension of two years on the project. We, at this point, are looking into what the date of expiration of the current comprehensive permit is. As soon as we resolve that, we’re expecting a letter from Mr. Baker,” (Simon Hill attorney.)

However, there’s also a site control issue and pending lawsuit between the two owners of the development company, Sullivan and Murphy, and that’s causing delays.

“The owners of the entity that is developing the project have had a difference of opinion, so they have engaged in litigation. I don’t participate in that one, but that’s really been the practical delay. It’s hard to go forward when you’re having that. We hoped to have it resolved prior to this time, but unfortunately it’s gone on, as you know some times lawsuits can, for a long time,” said Simon Hill Attorney Warren Baker.

The hearing is continued until February 14.

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About John Penny

John Penny is a town news reporter at WATD. He primarily covers stories in the towns of Marshfield, Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, Hingham, Abington and Quincy.