The height threshold of the proposed waterfront buildings have been changed from the original plan of six to seven stories down to four to five stories, representatives from announced at Tuesday's Planning Board meeting.
"The downturn and market shift has given us time to breathe; change in housing preferences wasn't reflective in the old plan. The mortgage crisis has pushed a lot of people who used to look to own into renters," an RXR representative Matthew Frank.
The project's premise is to "create a publicly accessable environment which encourages pedestrian activity on the waterfront," according to the 2011 conceptual site plan.
The project still calls for 860 residential units, a 250 suite hotel, 50 thousand square feet of commercial office space, 25 thousand square feet of retail, restaurant, and cultural space, and ten percent workforce housing.
Carney Street Corp.
Representatives from 200 Carney Street Corp. were present at the meeting for a preliminary review of their proposed Site Development Plan to construct 48 apartments in two buildings at 200 Carney Street, the site of the now-vacant bowling alley.
The plans call for two three-story, flat-roofed buildings consisting of 23 one-bedroom units and 25 two-bedroom units.
The building designed drew criticism from Planning Board member Herbert Kaufman: "It looks very box-like. Could there be plans for a more interesting looking building?"
200 Carney Street's legal representation said they hoped to rent the apartments out for $1500 per month and $2000 per month, for one-bedroom and two-bedroom units respectively.
The developers said they will return soon with a visual simulation presentation.