Hingham: Deadline Approaching for River Stone 40B

Public hearings for a proposed 40B project in Hingham are drawing to a close.

Brian Murphy of River Stone LLC is seeking a comprehensive permit for a 32-unit complex off Ward Street.

The Hingham Zoning Board of Appeals has been hearing the project for two years. Under state guidelines, the board has until June 28 to close the public portion of the hearings.

One more public hearing was scheduled for Tuesday, June 26.

“This will be the last chance for anyone to submit more information for the record,” said ZBA member Joe Freeman. “After the 26th, the record is closed.”

At a hearing Wednesday, the board discussed a peer-review conducted into the applicant’s pro-forma, or financial information.

Warren Baker – an attorney representing the applicant – said the proposed conditions by the ZBA would make the project uneconomic. The peer review found that not enough evidence was submitted to back up that claim, something Baker disputed.

“The form of what we used is the same thing submitted to the state adjusted by their conditions, which are involved, intertwined, and difficult to separate,” said Baker. “We went ahead and did the best we can.”

Baker said through testimony, their experts, and revised plans, there was enough information.

Joe Fisher, the Chair of the hearings told Baker he understood the plans were in the preliminary stages, but they needed more information.

“We need a level of specificity beyond what has been provided,” Fisher said during the hearing.

One more hearing was scheduled for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 26. If the hearing closes then, the board would have 40 days, or the week of July 23 to render a decision.

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