The timing and sequencing of separate development sites occurs within the context of market opportunities. Development on separate sites by individual developers will not always occur within a logical sequence. As time passes, the individual permits of larger scale developments aggregate into demands for mitigation that can impact infrastructure such as the I-495 interchange exit 54 at Route 150. This interchange will face impacts from the recently completed 240 unit Amesbury Heights apartment project, currently under construction 100 townhouse unit Baileys Pond project, and the nearing completion 45 unit Hatters Point condominium project. Over the years these developments have received the necessary permits to proceed from both local and State agencies. As each project was permitted the aggregate demands for mitigation becomes more evident. The City’s approach will take the lead to address the mitigation needs of the recently approved developments, the pending demands of the Atlantic Center, and through a buildout, the future needs of vacant land. This approach resets the sequencing of projects by combining their impacts into a comprehensive City managed mitigation package. The below links provide access to Planning Board files for further information on these projects.
- Amesbury Heights (240 apartment units), fully constructed occupied
- Village at Baileys Pond (100 townhouse units), under construction
- Hatters Point (45 condominium units), nearing completion selling units
- Atlantic Sports Center (410,000 SF total building area), construction starting summer 2019
Leverage for Comprehensive Solutions
With the advent of the Atlantic Center Sports Center, the City has the opportunity for financial leverage to solve many of the prior, current, and future mitigation issues. The Atlantic Center, through the City of Amesbury, has facilitated both a MassWorks Grant ($2.5 million) and the creation of the South Hunt Development Area and an associated District Improvement Financing (DIF) District, as enabled by Massachusetts General Law Chapter 40Q. The DIF District and the South Hunt Development Area will encompass 509 acres in the southwest corner of the City, primarily between Interstate Route 495 (I-495) and the Merrimack River. In the absence of the Atlantic Center the developments outlined in paragraph one would not have any mitigation occurring at the interchange despite the aggregate impacts from over 385 units of housing.
Proactive Comprehensive Permitting
Toward achieving this mitigation for the past, present, and future, in accordance with the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) regulations 301 CMR 11.03, the City of Amesbury is the Applicant in the filing of this Expanded Environmental Notification Form (EENF), file number 15993, for the South Hunt Area Infrastructure Improvement Project along South Hunt Road and Route 150 which will support the economic development and expansion of the South Hunt Development Area. This application is set on a foundation of understanding and solving the comprehensive needs of the area and not just one development. The South Hunt Area Infrastructure Improvement Project continues the City of Amesbury’s effort to provide a 21st century transportation system sufficient to mitigate recently approved projects and support economic development and expansion of the South Hunt Development Area by improving transportation access to potential and known development and redevelopment parcels. The files provided to MEPA are indicated below,, they are updated within one week of sending into MEPA as may be necessary. Files at the MEPA office can be obtained as per the instruction at this link MEPA File Access. We have established this page so anyone wanting to view the files does not have to travel to Boston, or our offices in Amesbuy.
Contact: William J. Scott, Community and Economic Development Director firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: The below MEPA information represents, in sequence, the EENF (Feb 28, 2019), the DEIR (June 14, 2019), and the FEIR (Aug 30, 2019) files. The Intersection Documents are filed with MassDOT on June 21, 2019.