WELLESLEY, MA-After six years of winding its way through thestate's legal system, a 52-unit apartment complex proposed forHastings Street can finally move forward. Hastings Village receiveda $10-million loan commitment from the Massachusetts HousingFinance Agency for construction and permit financing.

Logan Huffman, president and owner of Hastings Village Inc.,applied for a comprehensive permit for the project, which will siton a two-acre parcel off of Route 9, under the state's affordablehousing law. Under the law, known as Chapter 40B, a developer canbypass local zoning laws if a town does not have 10% of its housingaffordable and the project will have at least 25% of its unitsaffordable. Richard Brown, Wellesley's town planner tellsGlobeSt.com that the town has about 5% of its housingaffordable.

But the town's zoning board of appeals declined to permit theproject, claiming that its density was too high and its proximityto a town well was a concern. The town also wanted to ensure thatthe affordability of the designated units would remain so inperpetuity. The project ended up winding its way through thestate's courts for six years, and, as is the case in the majorityof 40B projects whose permits are declined, the state overturnedthe town's decision.

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