Town officials plan to go out to bid for a developer as part of an attempt to purchase land proposed as the site of the Lyberty Green 40B development on Main Street.
Robert Walker, doing business as Falmouth Hospitality LLC, plans to build a 104-unit apartment complex across four buildings stretching two lots, one at 556 Main Street and another on adjacent Lantern Lane. The project also calls for a total of 154 covered and outdoor parking spaces, as well as an in-ground pool, pool house, and a children’s playground area.
The project has not been without controversy, as planning and zoning officials vocalized concerns about the project's density and how it doesn't mesh with Main Street's downtown character. The zoning board of appeals voted in July to approve the project with conditions, and Falmouth Hospitality is appealing the board's decision to the state Housing Appeals Committee.
In November, Town Meeting voted to direct selectmen and Town Manager Julian Suso to attempt to negotiate to buy the land at 0 and 556 Main Street, as well as 0 and 3 Lantern Lane.
Suso told selectmen on March 12 that he and Town Counsel Frank Duffy have contacted Walker and the Fay Family, which owns the property, about the possibility of a sale. He said an appraisal has been done of the property.
According to town records, land at 0 Main Street is valued at $330,500, and 556 Main Street is valued at $926,900. 0 Lantern Lane is valued at $311, 700, while 3 Lantern Lane is valued at $270,800.
The town plans to go out to bid for a developer that could potentially build affordable housing units on the site, Suso said.
Asked about by Selectmen Chairman Susan Moran about the next steps from there, Suso said that "depends on the responses to the RFP."
"There are a lot of steps involved, a lot of moving parts," he said.